Sergio Leone’s electrifying follow up to the massive success of his groundbreaking A Fistful of Dollars (1964) demonstrates marked improvement on everything that made the original Italian Western such a sensation to begin with. The stakes and drama are upped with the inclusion of a secondary lead to compliment Clint Eastwood’s laconic Man with No Name: the dignified Lee Van Cleef in a career-defining role which usurps even Eastwood as a confident and merciless gunfighter of the West. The two play off each other in an incredible bout of charismatic oneupmanship, each attempting to outdo the other and elevating the experience of the film in tandem. Also returning is the collaborative efforts of Ennio Morricone and his dynamically angelic score, complete with haunting leitmotifs and pulsating themes that stick with you long after the credits roll. For a Few Dollars More marks Leone as a true original, taking the strides he made in his first Western entry and expanding them at every point, charting an iconoclastic growth in the genre that remains unparalleled in its impact on popular culture.
The Twin Geeks · Ep. 81: For A Few Dollars More (1965)