Great Moments in Cinema: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

"It is a common practice for filmmakers to pay homage to the films and filmmakers that inspired them. From Star Wars to Boogie Nights, from Dressed to Kill to Sukiyaki Western Django, and from Night of the Living Dead to Pulp Fiction, cinema history can be read as a long list of directors who are showing respect to those who came before them by totally ripping off their style. In other words, every movie builds on the one that came before, using the techniques and tricks invented by folks who were trying to improve the techniques and tricks invented by their forebears. One of the all-time best directors in the history of the medium was as guilty of this as anyone else, and he created some of the most iconic and lasting films ever made. Director Sergio Leone was content to play around in other people’s sandboxes, using their toys to come up with larger than life films that have managed to stand the test of time, and have even gone on to inspire countless filmmakers to this day."

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