A Fistful of Dollars ★★★★

Spaghetti western at it’s spaghetti-est. Clint is a bad maf’ka. Set and costume designer deserve a bonus. Marianne Koch is talented and beautiful. Sergio Leone deserves his place in history. Ennio Morricone defines this genre of film-scoring.

It’s saying something when a movie like this is so good, it earns its own carbon-copy knockoffs and spoofs for the ensuing five decades.