I just watched the MWNN trilogy and it amuses me how Blondie dresses in the beginning of GBU. He’s all fancy with a nice white leather coat and hat, long scarf, and dress shirt. I’m torn between headcanoning him as a rich bitch or someone who grew up poor and always wanted finer clothing. either way, blondie is stylish at least until the end of the film.
It’s true, Blondie is pretty fancy and smug. If he grew up poor and is really enjoying the riches he’s picked up, I think that might give him and bejeweled-Tuco something in common. I like both interpretations, though I think I lean more toward him being poor or kind of poor. (Or possibly briefly well-off before some family disaster that left him on his own at a young age?)
@vnheimliche I’m very, very sorry but somehow I seem to have accidentally deleted your original ask. Luckily, I still had it open in a tab, so I have the text! lmao sorry. here’s your message and my reply:
@vnheimliche said to bloncos: I’m scrolling down your blog and I think it’s great that it’s totally dedicated to the dollar trilogy. Leone is my fave director soon after Kubrick and being Italian I’m stating it with pride 🙂 I’m curious to know if you have a favourite one between the three dollar movies? Also, I’d want to ask your opinion about his two others western masterpieces, namely Once upon a time in the west and Duck! You sucker 🙂
Thanks! Leone is excellent and you’re right to be proud! 🙂
Out of the three dollars movies, it’s hard for me to decide, because I think I enjoy all of them in different ways. I watched A Fistful of Dollars first and loved it right away. Love the sort of gentle main whistling theme in that one and CE’s character. But I might ultimately say The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is my favorite, because it’s so much fun and there’s so much in it that I enjoy. And the Ecstasy of Gold scene is sooo good, and the final three-way showdown is so dramatic and epic.
I also love Once Upon a time in the West (another hugely powerful final showdown!). Haven’t seen Duck! You Sucker yet!
I suppose this is a debate that has been done to death already but…ah, nevermind, I just want to give my two cents.
So , I know you can consider the Man with No Name is his own character in each movie, that he’s an idea/legend à la Mad Max rather than one person living different adventures…but I still like the idea that they’re the same man that goes through a character development.
If we go with GBU->FoD->FaFDM, Jo/Blondie/Manco goes from a rascal playing everyone, included his closest “friend” who gives as much as he takes, and showing just a couple of moments of niceness, to being still a rascal but taking pity of the plight of a family and helping the ones who saved him, to actually forging a friendship, actual equal-to-equal partnership with Mortimer.
(I could talk for hours about how much I love everything happening in the final duel in A Few Dollars More but maybe another time)
I just love the way his character is still quite an ass but he…gains humanity?
Totally a valid reading. People who’ve discussed this with me before know that I just can’t wrap my head around seeing Manco as the most human of the three (honestly, I think he feels the youngest, the least self-aware, and the most lacking in compassion), but hey. He’s an ambiguous character in every film and there’s a lot of room for different interpretations. And the trilogy actually having continuity and a character arc does seem satisfying, and the way you present it makes sense. I can kind of see it if we focus on Mortimer.
A couple of things happened to me these days:
1)I watched the Dollars Trilogy of Sergio Leone. In the “wrong” order (For a Few Dollars More, then Fistfull of Dollars , then the Good, the Bad and The Ugly) . Fun fact, while western is a genre I loved in French comics, I had actually never seen a real western until very recently, and I was worried I wouldn’t like the real genre. Turns out I was wrong, at least concerning spaghetti westerns.
2)After weeks of looking for it, I finally found a little painting box I had for years but never used before. It’s the first time I’m really painting something, not just following instructions for a school thing or from a model.
I like the result.
(also if you happen to ship Manco and Mortimer from For A Few Dollars More please talk to me I’m desperate)
I ship them!!! a bunch of folks do
hey! yeah, welcome, there are a good few of us who ship them!