A ringing instance of a sequel far outstripping its predecessor, Sergio Leone’s For a Few Dollars More takes the lethal antihero from A Fistful of Dollars, gives him both a rival and an adversary worthy of sharing a gun-blazing corrida, and ratchets up the stylization to something approaching grandeur. This time the Man with No Name (Clint Eastwood) is a bounty hunter whose desert Southwest killing ground is suddenly crowded by the presence of an older, black-clad shootist (Lee Van Cleef). Individually and together, they terminate sundry grotesques while closing in on their biggest quarry, a memorably insane bandit called El Indio (Gian Maria Volonté is brilliant). There’s just enough plot to imbue Van Cleef with genuine mystery, a dark avenging angel from a lost past whose pull would supply the emotional core of Leone’s later masterworks Once upon a Time in the West and Once upon a Time in America. Leone’s bravura widescreen compositions are breathtaking, and Ennio Morricone’s music score–tinged with lunatic religiosity–is his first great one.