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Thursday, 29 March 2012

The Therapy Zone

For A Fistful of Work Units

    It has been the case that comparisons have been drawn between the Prisoner episode Living In Harmony and the two Spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood as "The Man With No Name," A Fistful of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More. In this the two central characters of both films has no name, although in A Fistful of Dollars the stranger played by Clint Eastwood is referred to as "Joe", but this could be due to the fact that the character is an American!
   Both the stranger "The Man With No Name" in Harmony,    and "the man with no name" as "loners", but they have a very different attitude towards violence and bloodshed. The character of the stranger-No.6 of Harmony has more in common with the 1950's western character of Shane. A man who knows how to use a gun, is fast on the draw, but only takes up the gun when there is absolutely no other alternative. As for "The Man With No Name" it has been written that he has but one ethic, and that's money, and lives by the gun. However in A Fistful of Dollars we did see the more compassionate side to "the man with no name" as he reunites a Mexican wife to her husband and young son, giving them the American dollars he seems to value so highly in a bid to help them escape the clutches of the Ramon Rojo. This is the compassionate side to his character which "the man with no name" shares with the stranger in Harmony, in the way he tries to help Cathy escape the clutches of both the Kid and the Judge!
   In both A Fistful of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More “The Man With No Name” wears a very distinctive poncho, which is all fine and dandy, except…….”The Man with No Name” first acquires the said Poncho from a dead man in what is seen to be the third in the series The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!

Fancy living in Harmony stranger?

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