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Actor + Director | 40 Great Collaborations In Movies
27. Clint Eastwood & Sergio Leone   View Complete List Back Page 27/40 Next

Sergio Leone
Clint Eastwood

Best Film
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Clocking in at nearly three hours long, it's a violent, bloody, sprawling adventure set around the time of the civil war, showcasing the improving talents of both Leone and Eastwood, so much so that even Quentin Tarantino has called it "the best-directed film of all time."
Notable Pairings
A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

What's The Secret Of Their Success?
Considering Leone's love of extreme close-ups, it's handy that Clint's grizzled, squinty face works so well so close to the camera. In fact, Leone has said he liked the actor because he had only two expressions: "one with the hat, one without it" - perfect for the 'shoot first, think later' attitude of the man with no name. Despite the language barrier, the pairing gel so well because Leone was incredibly ambitious, and Eastwood, at that point only known for his work on 'Rawhide', felt likewise, and this ambitious desire to make themselves known and reinvent a genre proved an impressive combination.

Were They As Good With Anyone Else?
In both cases, yes, yes and yes. Leaving aside the brilliant Once Upon A Time In The West, De Niro and Leone's work in Once Upon A Time In America is outstanding, and as we all know, Eastwood's been hoovering up Oscars like nobody's business, most recently in Million Dollar Baby, and, of course, in his ode to the old West that made his name, Unforgiven.

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