Eli Wallach passed on yesterday. He was 98. Mr. Wallach was a great actor who continued his craft to the years of his long life. He is best known for his roles in "The Magnificent Seven", "The Misfits", "The Godfather Part III", "The Two Jakes" and "The Holiday". He was also known for his role as "Tuco" (aka "The Rat") in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" - which also provides some excellent nonverbal teaching points.
Sergio Leone (the director) would have dilated Wallach's eyes (and the others) medically (using eye drops) in this key scene of the film.
Lee Van Cleef, who plays "Angel Eyes" in the movie, displays eyelids which are partially closed (aka "eyes narrow"). In this cluster context - his eyelid configuration is consistent with mild to moderate levels of anger (not severe anger aka rage). As mentioned with Eli Wallach's eyes - his pupils are also contracted. This nonverbal cluster is not realistic for the body language seen in the scenario of a dramatic "flight, fight or freeze" struggle which is being acted out here.
Clint Eastwood - known as "The Man with No Name" or "Blondie" in the film - also has very narrowed eyes and small pupils - again inconsistent with fear and any realism.
The positioning of the Tuco and Angel Eyes within the clearing of the cemetery (and the fact that Eastwood's character knew that only one of the other men had bullets in his gun) engendered a "darting back and forth" of both Tuco's and Angel Eyes eye's - which projects low trust, low emotional comfort and a beta mindset. Clint's were locked in on his enemy and didn't move - projecting a high alpha confidence
Rest in peace, Eli. Thank you.
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