Pic of the Day: For a Few Dollars More (1965)
The German poster art for the middle entry in Sergio Leone’s “Dollar” trilogy of Spaghetti Westerns. Check out more Pics of the Day here.
The trilogy upped the ante on cinematic violence, a gauntlet picked up by Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and The Wild Bunch (1969). Long-tenured New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther was not amused by the bloodshed. Here is the concluding paragraph of Crowther’s review for the American release of For a Few Dollars More in July of 1967.
“But the fact that this film is constructed to endorse the exercise of murderers, to emphasize killer bravado and generate glee in frantic manifestations of death is, to my mind, a sharp indictment of it as so-called entertainment in this day. There is nothing wholesome about killing men for bounty, nothing funny about seeing them die, no matter how much the audience may sit there and burble and laugh.”
Crowther’s distaste at the graphic shift of the American cinema reached its apex a month later when he bashed the August release of Bonnie and Clyde. By December of the same year, he had announced his retirement after 27 years at the Times.