Respect: The man with no name

In 1964 Sergio Leone changed the shape of cinema when he cast Clint Eastwood, a relative unknown, in A Fistful of Dollars.

On a recent flight back from a business trip I delved into this piece of genius.  From the opening credits of this gem you are treated to beautifully simple designs.  White horse and rider.  Red bars.  White and yellow text.

Clint Eastwood’s iconic performance teaches you elements of cool that are unimaginable, even in the roughest parts of the old west.

“The crazy bell ringer was right.  There’s money to be made in a place like this.”  Says Eastwood, acknowledging the two dominate gangs of the township known for its violence.

Eastwood’s cool is best demonstrated in his calm, raspy voice, trademark brown poncho, quick draw and effortlessly delivered lines:

“My mistake… four coffins.”

“Shoot to kill you better hit the heart, Ramon.”

“When a man with a .45 meets a man with a rifle, its said the man with the pistol is a dead man.  Let’s see if that’s true.”

The dusty nature of the western isn’t exactly like flipping through J Crew’s latest rag.  Nonetheless, the man with no name gives us some personal style tips you won’t learn from a F/W collection:

  • Make friends with the guy that owns the watering hole.
  • If you’re going to wear a poncho, look damn good doing it.
  • Know who you’re dealing with – on both sides of town.
  • Draw the quickest.
  • Deliver a killer stare.

  1. Love Leone but one should take a look at Kurosawa’s “Yojimbo”. Leone really was strongly influenced by this film.

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