“It’s the only cemetery in the world where you can visit your own grave.”

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Film maker Guillermo de Oliveira

— Guillermo de Oliveira, filmmaker, Spanish


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After more than 50 years, several fistfuls of euros and countless wheelbarrow journeys, one of the most famous graveyards in cinema history has been rescued from oblivion and is to be honoured in a new documentary.

Sad Hill cemetery is the setting for the climax of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, when Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach face off against each other to the strains of Ennio Morricone.

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Final duel scene, The Good, the Bad and The Ugly. Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef

“You see, in this world, there’s two kinds of people, my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.”

– Clint Eastood as the Man With No Name in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Having dispatched the Bad and left the Ugly defenceless and furious, the Good lays out his simple credo: “You see, in this world, there’s two kinds of people, my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.”

Inspired by Eastwood’s words, a group of film fans spent two years restoring the cemetery to its former glories.

The set, which was built by soldiers in the northern Spanish province of Burgos for Sergio Leone’s classic 1966 spaghetti western, had been forgotten and reclaimed by nature until the Sad Hill Cultural Association stepped in.

continued at the source: The Guardian

 

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