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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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Between 1960 and 1975, European production companies made nearly 500 Western films.  Because a great deal of them were financed and produced by Italian companies, the term "Spaghetti Western" came to define a whole sub-genre of film.  At first, the term originally carried with it a negative connotation, due to the general low budget and poor quality of many early examples.  Critics largely ignored the films, or took them as cheap knock-offs of previous American works.

Then, in 1964, an experienced Assistant Director named Sergio Leone was given a small budget and some left-over film stock to direct his own take on the Italio-Western.  Leone commenced to shoot FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, the first film in what would become his "Man with No Name" or "Dollars" trilogy. FISTFUL OF DOLLARS proved amazingly successful, and gave rise to two more films, FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, and THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY.

As part of our Digital Classics series, we are excited to relive the culmination of the Dollars Trilogy with a lovingly restored digital print of THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY.  The trifecta of Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood, and composer Ennio Morricone continues as three gunslingers compete to find a fortune in buried confederate gold.  We can't wait to get another chance to experience the sweeping visuals, prolonged tension, wanton violence, and one of the most recognizable musical themes in any movie (it’s playing in your head right now) again on the big screen.

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY plays November 21st-23rd at Lake Creek, but for opening night (Sun, 11/21), we have something extra-special planned.  In celebration of the Spaghetti Western, the opening night screening of the film will include all-you-can-eat spaghetti and Caesar salad as part of the low low ticket price of only $25.  Eat spaghetti while you watch a Spaghetti Western.  If that's not meta enough for you, I don't what is.

Go ahead and grab your tickets HERE


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