Who Is The Man With No Name?
So you're here to learn about the Man With No Name, huh? Well you've come to the right place. I'll tell you everything you need to know about the greatest movie badass ever put on film.
The Man With No Name Trilogy
In the mid sixties an Italian director named Sergio Leone went to work on three of the greatest Westerns the world has ever had the pleasure of watching. We were introduced to the Man With No Name with A Fistful of Dollars, continued the saga with For A Few Dollars More, and saw the last of him in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. This is the story of the most dangerous man in the west, the Man With No Name.
*Though The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly was technically the third movie in the trilogy, it takes place before the other too. Therefore I'll be beginning with it.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Despite being the last movie featuring the Man With No Name, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is also his first. Chronologically that is. I'm not going to spoil the plot completely cause that would just be rude, but I am going to say that this movie had a great soundtrack and that the Man With No Name (or Blondie as he is referred to by Tuco) is stylish, stoic, and stalwart!
This is the movie in which the Man With No Name picks up all his iconic gear - the poncho being the most significant. We witness his stubborness as he refuses to die in the desert (kinda like Moses!!) and his unique sense of moral justice that alternates between leaving a man to hang and comforting a dying soldier.
A Fistful of Dollars
In A Fistful of Dollars the Man With No Name sticks up for mules, reunites a family, and stands right in the middle between the Baxters and the Rojos. With his shrewd "bullet proof vest," the Man With No Name survives against unsurmountable odds and even influences later cinema! This famous scene is played in Back to the Future 2, and Marty McFly even duplicates it in Back to the Future 3. Poncho included.
For a Few Dollars More
My personal favorite Man With No Name film, For a Few Dollars More has our hero (called Manco in this instance) teamed up with Colonel Douglas Mortimer to collect on the bounty of a ruthless (and psychotic) criminal, El Indio. For a Few Dollars More again shows the moral ambiguity of the Man With No Name as he occasionally doublecrosses Mortimer to collect on the reward for himself, but comes through in the end. A key scene to watch is for is the one where the Man With No Name rides into Agua Caliente alone. Ennio Morricone's musical score really strikes a chord here.
Final Analysis of the Man With No Name
The Man With No Name is the perfect example of the literary anti-hero. He is not motivated by ideals or courage (which he undoubtedly is in no short supply of), but rather cold hard cash. He has a soft spot for the unspoken for and unpriveleged, but when someone has a gun he'll shoot first and ask questions later. Sergio Leone's west certainly is wild, and it paved the way for spaghetti westerns to come.