A man grabs a woman’s buttocks.


A female main character is sexualized and objectified by several men throughout in one way or another.
A woman is told to allow men to grab her butt and act as if it is not a big deal.
A woman is said to have worked as a prostitute.
The objectifying of a female character is simply accurate to the times the film is portraying is isn’t meant to be offensive.
A man tears an article of clothing from a woman, revealing cleavage.
A woman and man lie together, the man caresses her and eventually removes her top; only her bare back is seen.
A man barges into a room a woman is bathing in, nothing is seen. This woman is later seen with only a towel on, but nothing is revealed.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


In other words, a Roman Sergio Leone came to the United States to make movies in the 1960s. He cooperated with Clint Eastwood, who was young and sharp at that time, and made three American Westerns with strong Italian style. We are commonly known as the “escort Trilogy”, and the results were both popular and popular. At this time, he was interested. He felt something called creative mission. He didn’t want to make Westerns anymore, but epic themes. However, his previous three works were so successful that under the dual restrictions of investors and market feedback, he could only direct the Western past again.

But nevertheless, he can’t treat this film as an ordinary western. He has reached a new creative stage and can never be satisfied with repeating the themes he has shot. His luck is that he has three successful works on hand and can get a huge investment to make this epic film with the title of western film; His misfortune is that his first three works were so successful that he was destined to make this film only in a compromise way.

The story clue of this film is chaotic. It is not as compact as an ordinary western film, with clear distinction between good and evil. It tells that lame Morton took aim at a piece of land of an Irishman in the wild mountains of the western United States, so he and frank, the cowboy gangster played by Henry Fonda, tried to seize the land, but Frank killed the Irishman family directly. At this time, a girl named Jill came from New Orleans. She was the fiancee of the Irish. As a result, the Irish land belonged to Jill again. At this time, friction began between frank and lame Morton, and a stray gunman came straight at Frank for no reason. In addition, because Frank pretended to be a local gang of hooligans headed by Shane when committing the crime, he angered Shane. Next, Frank caught the stray gunman, but then he was rescued by Shane; Frank caught Jill again. Jill seduced frank and promised to auction the Irish land for frank; Frank was still under house arrest, but his men were bribed by Morton and plotted to betray Frank. At the auction house, due to the sudden intervention of stray gunmen and Shane, the Irish land was finally photographed by stray gunmen. Frank asked the stray gunman for the land and was refused. At this time, the lame Morton’s men came to assassinate frank, but they were stopped by stray gunmen. Shane went to settle accounts with the lame Morton, and both were hurt. Finally, the land seized by the people went to Jill. Frank and the stray gunman dueled in a cowboy way, and Frank died. Shane came back with a gunshot wound and met Jill and the stray gunman for the last time. He also died. Jill built a railway station on the land according to her late husband’s last wish. The wandering gunman refused her kindness and went on the road alone.

It must be said that if we understand the film in the way of understanding the “escort Trilogy”, we will get the above, such as property competition, gratitude and resentment between people. But as I said earlier, Sergio Leon doesn’t want to make Westerns anymore. He wants to make epic films. Therefore, what he really cares about is not the fate of the characters, but the fate of the times. What he wants to describe is the end of an old era and the arrival of a new era. How did he express this grand theme through the above storylines? It must be regretted that because he made the film for more than four hours, and then the filmmaker cut half of it utilitarian, and it was precisely those parts he had ambitions, so the complete version could not be seen. Including the version I read, what can be downloaded online is a two-and-a-half-hour deleted version. In contrast, the 1984 American past finally faithfully fulfilled his epic ambition.

The following content is not a film review, but to sort out the remaining epic fragments of the film after deletion for everyone to sigh.

First of all, let’s introduce the background of the times in the film. At that time, the United States was undergoing the western development. Barren mountains, wild lands and cowboys were about to withdraw from the stage of the times and replaced by high-rise buildings. The railway should be spread to the west to drive the construction of the West and the flow of population. At this important juncture of the changes of the times, only two visionary people in the film see the huge business opportunities. No matter who they succeed, they will become the plutocrats who will dominate the United States in the future. These two people are the dead Irishman and the lame Morton. Unlike the cowboys in the film, they are the people who see the future. But in order to compete for a piece of wasteland that everyone seemed worthless, they all lost their lives. I’m afraid the main reason is that they don’t understand the western traditional values and cowboys’ principles.

Not long after the opening, when Frank was talking to Morton with a lame leg, he mocked that he was still living like an ordinary person with a broken leg, without showing any shame and depression. At this time, Morton was scolding Frank for killing the Irishman, blaming him for his bravery and being a robber and hooligan. It can be seen that Frank believes that men who do great things should gallop the world, be bold, do whatever they want, and win with their own strength. Morton is obviously a modern businessman. For him, the pursuit of wealth is just operating a business, not a robber. What is the impact of walking on the business?

In fact, the contradiction between frank and Morton is not the main contradiction in the film for the audience who are used to traditional Westerns. It’s just a branch episode in which the bad guys fight and eat black. The old grudge between the wandering gunman and Frank is the main line of the film. But Sergio Lyon clearly did not think so. What he is eager to show is that under the great change of the value of the times, people with different identities and positions have suffered different fates: some have been powerful for a while, but they have no choice but to face the elimination of the times; Although some have not yet grown, they will undoubtedly occupy the future. Therefore, compared with the old feud between frank and the wandering gunman, which needs to be solved by the cowboy method, Sergio Lyon pays more attention to the conflict between frank, who represents the traditional values of the west, and Morton, who represents the new values. Unfortunately, in order to pursue a more prominent confrontation between good and evil, a shorter film length and a more refreshing revenge story, the film content cut by the film makers who do not understand the amorous feelings is precisely about the content of lame Morton’s pursuit of personal value by means of businessmen, and the resulting conflict with Frank. Understanding this, we will no longer ask questions such as why Henry Fonda was asked to play the opposite role. Because this film has no opposition in the eyes of Sergio Lyon. He loved these tragic characters equally, and then expressed the sigh of the great changes of the times.

The following plot of the film confirms this. As the last leader of the enemy, Frank should be insidious and powerful from beginning to end in similar films, and the non protagonist can’t win. But the actual situation is that when he was ambushed by several former subordinates bought by lame Morton, he looked embarrassed. He didn’t take it easy to clean up the small supporting role. His old enemy, the wandering gunman, the first hero in the film, surprisingly helped him at this time.

I didn’t understand why the stray gunman saved him when I watched the film. Normally, Frank has a deep blood feud with him. He should take the opportunity to kill Frank. At that time, I came up with two reasons to explain: first, he was too confident and showed his gentleman demeanor. He should defeat Frank not only physically, but also mentally; 2、 He and frank hate each other so much that they have to kill each other to vent their anger, so they don’t allow others to intervene. But now I think both explanations are wrong, because the expression of the stray gunman and what he said later do not support these views.

I think the reason why the stray gunman saved Frank is that although there is a deep blood feud between him and frank, they both live under the values of the old West. These hatred can be solved by Western methods. The attack of lame Morton on on Frank at this time is the intervention of the external world in the western law. In other words, in his bones, the wandering gunman and Frank are the same kind of people, and the lame Morton is the outsider. Therefore, out of the emotional recognition and respect for the traditional values of the old West, which raised and nurtured their own adults, the wandering gunman could not accept that Frank was solved with money by a standard businessman in the developed eastern region in front of him. The loneliness in his eyes is actually Frank’s loneliness. The world they are familiar with will be sealed into history immediately, and the bell of the new world has sounded. They only know how to act according to the old cowboy rules. Frank, who tried to integrate into the new world, was badly burned, and Shane, who adhered to the principle, died under Morton’s gun. Their fate has been declared. When the high-rise buildings in the town are built and the modern civilized way of life invades, they will have no place to stand. Because the film has been severely cut, when the two men meet in a small town at the end of the film, the audience will hear a dialogue that doesn’t know why. Frank said: Morton once said I would never become like him. Now I can understand. If I don’t mix with him, I can feel where my root is. The wandering gunman said: you finally found that you can’t be a businessman? Frank said: I can only be a man. The stray gunman added: he lived from ancient times. How much bitterness does this simple dialogue contain.

Finally, the two dead end Cowboys finally ushered in a cowboy duel common in the “escort Trilogy”. Frank lost his life and the stray gunman lost his world.

As soon as the picture turns, the Irish wasteland is taken over by Jill, a girl with long sleeves and good dancing who moved from the developed eastern region. The heat has built railway stations, churches, schools, banks and department stores… Soon a new world will rise. It should be admitted that Jill has no sense of right and wrong. No matter who wins the duel between frank and the stray gunman, she will accompany the winner. This is the character of businessmen in the next primitive accumulation stage of Capitalism: there are no eternal friends, no eternal enemies, only eternal interests. Facing her retention, the stray gunman turned away without hesitation. Although he could not defend his old world, at least he got a decent exit. After his lonely figure, the heavy iron gate of the old West was slowly closed under the force of the historical hinge.

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