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 for Sunday April 15, 2018
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
SUN 15, APR, 13:50 “A Fistful of Dollars”
SUN 15, APR, 18:35 “A Fistful of Dollars”
SUN 15, APR, 20:40 “A Fistful of Dollars”
In a sequel with double the budget of “A Fistful of Dollars”, Van Cleef and Eastwood play a couple of smart but ruthless bounty hunters closing in on a vicious gang and their truly horrible leader El Indio (Volonte). The plot – involving a heist, a musical pocket-watch and a serving of cold revenge – is perfectly executed by Leone, and like its predecessor, the film was a huge box-office hit.
SUN 15, APR, 16:00 “For a Few Dollars More”
Clint Eastwood’s final film with Leone ironically produced some of their finest work during a period deteriorating relations. Eastwood stars as Blondie who, in competition with two equally dangerous and resourceful men, is after a stash of stolen Confederate gold. The resulting film is surely one of the greatest westerns ever made.
SUN 15, APR, 19:15 “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
For further information contact the BFI at this link: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp
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