I was watching one of my favorite movies the other night; “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, and I started wondering what language all those great Sergio Leone movies were filmed in.
The three leads; Clint Eastwood, Warren Oates and Lee van Cleef, are all English speaking actors and it is their voices we hear in the American release. Other characters; like Tuco’s brother and the Union captain, seem to have had their lines dubbed in English. I recognize both the voices as those used to dub 1960s Hercules movies.
Did the actors just speak whatever language they were most proficiant in and then let the editors and sound guys straighten it out in post-production? How did they shoot scenes between Italian speaking actors and English speaking actors?
PS - The three-way showdown in the cemetary: Absolutely the best marriage of film and music in the history of movies!