Saturday, January 2, 2016

Tuco and Blondie (Cigar Scene)

As some of you know, I'm selling the old family estate and moving to Columbus, probably for the rest of my life. I was born here and grew up in this house, and as I think about leaving for good and all, I feel a bit like Tuco at the end of this scene from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, where Tuco (Eli Wallach) has just gone through a tumultuous, emotional reunion with his older brother Pablo, who is now a priest. Tuco's brother reveals that their parents are dead, then castigates him, and rejects him. In this scene, Tuco lies about the reunion to his partner in crime, Blondie (Clint Eastwood). Blondie knows the truth about the reunion and responds by offering Tuco his cigar, which Tuco accepts with some consternation. At the end, Tuco shakes off the past and looks ahead to a future he believes will be much better than his past life.

I think that's where I'll end up - shaking the dust from my heels and moving on. It isn't like I haven't moved before, as I've lived any number of places in the U.S., mainly East of the Mississippi, and each place was better than the last.

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