Monday, April 30, 2018

Sergio Leone at the BFI Southbank Final Day

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 Monday April 30, 2018:

During the Mexican Revolution in 1913, a bandit and a fugitive British explosives expert reluctantly end up working together in a tale that Leone used to reflect the political instability and violence rocking Italy at the time. The growing trust between the two men is given more time to develop than in Leone’s other films, and though often overshadowed by his previous work, his final western is a rarely seen treat.

MON 30, APR, 18: “A Fistful of Dynamite”

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As part of the Sergio Leone celebration at the BFI this month a set of badges and a Leone postcard have been commissioned by noted Graphic Artist Mark Chester. These limited edition badges and postcard will become a collector’s item so get yours now. 


The badges come in a set of three with beautiful drawings of Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach from the “Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The post card features an excellent portrait of director Sergio Leone. Contact the BFI for further information and costs of these keepsakes. 

The BFI Shop is open 11am to 8.30pm every day. Phone us on 020 7815 1350 or email 

European Western Comic Books ~ Buddy Longway

Buddy Longway is a family saga which centers around the eponymous character Buddy Longway, a trapper who lives in the wilderness. He lives married to a Sioux Native American woman called Chinook. In the course of the series, they have two children, Jeremy and Kathleen. Longway is described as a brooding, vulnerable character who visibly ages during the course of the series. Derib commented: "I am someone very emotional and I believe to know how to transfer this dimension into a comic book." Derib deliberately chose this slant, which was unusual compared to contemporary Western comics like Lucky Luke or Blueberry: "I wanted to renew the narrative modes in comics, especially the notion that a hero should be perfect, invincible or immortal (e.g. Lucky Luke or Blueberry), so my idea was to write about a simple man."

Derib said he was extremely fond of Longway, so much that he almost regarded him like a son

Main topics of the series, which is set in the 19th century, are living in the wilderness, interracial relationships, Native American culture, coming of age (Jeremy and Kathleen) and age (Buddy Longway).

Buddy Longway is a western comic book written by the Swiss comic book writer Derib. It is published under the Le Lombard publishing house. The first issue came out in 1972, and 16 issues were published until 1987. Derib restarted the series in 2002, continuing with four further issues until 2006, he then announced that the 20th issue, La Source, would be the last.

Both the story arcs and the drawings are praised for the realistic portrayal of the simplistic, rough life as a trapper.