|The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a well-known spaghetti western (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The spaghetti western The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966) is an epic western that if the segments had been divided into separate films they might have been more like a group of traditional westerns. As it is there are so many strange episodes that the film becomes almost surrealistic and dream like. With settings like a ghost town, a civil war battle, and a showdown in a cemetery, the film taken as a whole becomes an almost bizarre incongruous collection of scenes from different movies rolled into one.
Like a dream might be, one odd scene leads to another. There is a running story, but even the story is a bit odd--almost cliche like a dream story. The film looks and seems like a western, but in reality it is a dream that evokes the spirit of westerns in a bizarro surrealistic vision that in the end we know is not the real west, but a fanciful west of the subconscious mind.
Have you seen The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly? If so, did it seem somewhat surrealistic and dreamlike to you? What is your favorite film in the western genre?