The Perfect Shots of ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’

As shot by cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli.


As shot by cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli.

This week on Shot by Shot, the official cinematography podcast of One Perfect Shot and Film School Rejects, myself and OPS creator Geoff Todd are discussing the perfect shots of one of the most revered westerns of all-time, Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, shot by cinematographer and Leone’s fellow Italian Tonino Delli Colli.

A balance of the intimate and the epic, Delli Colli instilled a little more artistry than the genre was known for, in the process creating some truly immortal scenes and sequences that play off the film’s themes of revenge, redemption, and the tenuous threads of morality in an amoral environment.

If this is your first listen to our show, the format’s simple: each week Geoff and I each pick a few shots from a certain film and discuss their effect and significance. Already we’ve done episodes on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Mad Max: Fury Road, Silence, Drive, Shaun of the Dead Vertigo, and Fargo,  and next week we’re talking about David Lynch’s 2001 masterpiece Mulholland Drive.

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