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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Spaghetti Western Screened Where it Should Be

Ah-e-ah-e-ahh….wah wah wah. Gibberish on the page, unmistakable coming through speakers, this clarion call of the classic Western has been all over popular culture since the United States release of The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly in 1967. Sergio Leone’s expansive, dusty epic is considered by many to be the pinnacle of the Western genre. The film, which combines an operatic plot, epic music, and a cast of distinct characters (including Clint Eastwood in one of the roles that defined his career), has been almost universally acclaimed as a classic Western: it was listed on Time‘s 100 Greatest Movies of the Last Century list and has been called “the best directed film of all time” by acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino.

Video of the trailer for The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, a 1966 Sergio Leone film that will be showing at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis on February 17, 2011

 

There’s really only one Indianapolis attraction that could pay appropriate homage to The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly; Central Indiana isn’t exactly known for its towering mesas and sweeping plains. While the Indianapolis Museum of Art has a prime film screening location in the Toby Theatre, Angel Eyes and Blondie don’t exactly sit right between the LOVE Statute and Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. No, to fully appreciate the lonely landscape of the American Southwest (actually Spain in most of The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly), you have to go the Indianapolis museum that truly captures the history of the Wild West: The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. That’s why, as part of their Roving Cinema series, the Indy Film Fest will be hosting a screening of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis on Thursday, February 17, 2011.

Short video clip of Clint Eastwood showing his softer side with a kitten in this scene from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, showing at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis

 

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly follows the interconnected adventures of Blondie (Clint Eastwood, “The Good”), Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef, “The Bad”), and Tuco (Eli Wallach, “The Ugly”) as they roam through the Wild West in search of a hidden cache of Confederate gold. Along the way there are plenty of double crossings, feats of marksmanship (several times in the movie characters are saved from the noose with a well placed bullet), quick draw duels, Civil War battles complete with artillery and bridge destruction, and a final showdown that’s among the best in cinematic history. Throughout the whole film, the score keeps you in the moment, with its dirty guitar lines, Indian cries (the aforementioned “ah-e-ah-e-ahh”), and sense of desolation. Though The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly is nearly three hours long, you’ll be so riveted you probably won’t notice any time has passed at all.

Video of the original Italian intro to The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, showing at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis

 

But The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly isn’t the only reason to head to downtown Indianapolis on February 17, 2011. Included in this screening at the Eiteljorg Museum is all you need to enjoy your film viewing experience. There will be a cash bar on hand to make sure you have plenty of beer and whiskey to swill with the characters on screen (bar wenches and surly bartender not included), free popcorn will be provided to everyone with a ticket, and if that doesn’t trip your trigger, the Indy Film Fest has included candy to sweeten the deal. If even that’s not enough incentive to saddle up the horse and ride to the Eiteljorg Museum, maybe the chance to finally wear your ten gallon hat in public will be the factor that pushes you over the edge.

Video of an armed train scene from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, showing at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis on February 17, 2011

 

Come to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art on Thursday, February 17, 2011 to take in a full featured screening of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Each month, Roving Cinema takes a classic film and screens it in the most appropriate place for that film (previously they screened Strange Brew at Sun King Brewery, and even had Bazbeaux Pizza on hand), and there honestly is no better place for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly than the muted southwestern tones of the Eiteljorg Museum. The doors to this Indianapolis event open at 6:00 and the film starts at 7:00. Roving Cinema is part of the upcoming Indianapolis International Film Festival, so this Eiteljorg screening is a good chance to show your support for the Indianapolis festival. Tickets are a flat $8 (purchased here or at the Indianapolis International Film Festival’s homepage). You can get drinks at any old Indianapolis bar, but only at Roving Cinema’s screening of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly can you get drinks and an awesome Western for only eight bucks.

Roving Cinema Presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Thursday, February 17, 2011; doors open at 6:00, film starts at 7:00
Tickets: $8
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Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317.636.9378
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