Cinema: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Three years ago, Clint Eastwood—an unshaven, slit-eyed refugee from television's Rawhide—was glad to get an invitation from Italian Director Sergio Leone to star in a hokey little quickie to be shot in Spain. It was called A Fistful of Dollars, and the title proved prophetic: the picture was a smash. Leone and Eastwood collaborated again on For a Few Dollars More. Now they are back with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly—a title that might serve as the film's own capsule review.

The good lies in Leone's camera work—expertly combining color and composition, with sharp attention to the details of shape...