Friday, August 28, 2009

Rome Film Festival saluting Sergio Leone

Director Luigi Zampa receiving retrospective

By Eric J. Lyman
Aug 26, 2009

ROME -- The fourth edition of the Rome International Film Festival will host a special homage to iconic Spaghetti Western director Sergio Leone and a retrospective of director Luigi Zampa, organizers said Wednesday.

The homage, called "Sergio Leone, uno sguardo inedito" (Sergio Leone, an new look back), will feature an exhibition of never-seen-before photographs. It will celebrate the 80th anniversary of Leone's birth and the 20th anniversary of his death, both in the Italian capital.

The Zampa retrospective, meanwhile, will feature restored versions of "La Romana" (Woman of Rome), Zampa's 1954 classic starring Gina Lollobrigida, and four other films that highlight his collaborations with Alberto Sordi and Vitaliano Brancati.

The festival takes place Oct. 15-23.

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