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    Question The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    What does the main theme of 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' makes you feel? ( the one that appears on the credits and later on during the film several times) I'm wondering about the meaning of that song in the context of the film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmb View Post
    What does the main theme of 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' makes you feel? ( the one that appears on the credits and later on during the film several times) I'm wondering about the meaning of that song in the context of the film.
    It's not a song. It's a piece of music.

    It's too associated with the film to have a totally subjective meaning.

    It sets you up for the rest of the film - big, bold and aggressive.
    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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    I don't think one should read too much into it. The guitar has a vaguely Spanish flavor, suggesting Mexico perhaps. The flute / bird call vaguely suggests the call of a Whip-poor-will, an often heard, lonesome and fitting sound associated with the American Southwest. The chanting vaguely suggests Native Americans. So I think the title is setting the mood and location of the film - and does it very well.

    Morricone is such a master chameleon composer of quirky film music, often reinventing himself with each project. How different this score sounds from, The Bird With the Crystal Plummage, or Sacco e Vanzetti

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    Scorpions, buzzing flies and sweaty, tequila-drenched Mexicans shouting 'VAMONOS!' Great music in all three 'Dollar' films, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    Morricone is such a master chameleon composer of quirky film music, often reinventing himself with each project. How different this score sounds from, The Bird With the Crystal Plummage, or Sacco e Vanzetti
    or John Carpenter's The Thing. No wonder he's a movie composer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    The guitar has a vaguely Spanish flavor, suggesting Mexico perhaps.
    On re-listening, I meant the strummed acoustic guitar in the distant background. I forgot about the electric guitar! It's the distant acoustic that sounds vaguely Spanish, but it's used more as a rhythm instrument if I'm hearing one at all.

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