From Monday 2 April – Monday 30 April, BFI Southbank will celebrate one of the undisputed masters of cinema, Sergio Leone. While they may not have been the first spaghetti westerns, Leone's Dollars trilogy of A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) are certainly the best
known – they paved the way for Clint Eastwood to break Europe and for Leone to have an enduring influence on cinema. As part of the season, A Fistful of Dollars will screen on extended run from Friday 13 April, when it is re-released in selected cinemas by Park Circus.
Schedule of events for Thursday April 26, 2018:
A piece of land with a vital water source becomes the focus for this epic piece covering all the best aspects of the Wild West. This time Leone watched many key American westerns in order to construct his own masterpiece. His methods more than paid off as both a homage to what came before and as a thoroughly entertaining addition to the genre.
THU 26, APR, 17:50 “Once Upon a Time in the West”
The first part of Leone’s Dollars trilogy firmly sets out the winning blueprint for the other two: not least in establishing both the role of Clint Eastwood’s nameless anti-hero and the collaboration with Ennio Morricone, which resulted in some of the most memorable musical themes in movie history. Made on a small budget and based on Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, the film focuses on a small town caught up in a fight for control between two warring families. When a stranger arrives he manipulates the feud to his own advantage – resulting in a high body count and some great cinema. – Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer
THU 26, APR, 21:00 “A Fistful of Dollars”
THU 26, APR, 28:15 “A Fistful of Dollars”
For further information contact the BFI at this link: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp