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. The season will include screenings of all of Leone’s features, as well as a talk from Leone biographer Sir Christopher Frayling on Friday 6 April.
Schedule for Wednesday April 18, 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
WED 18, APR, 14:30 “A Fistful of Dollars”
WED 18, APR, 18:30 “A Fistful of Dollars”
WED 18, APR, 20:50 “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.
WED 18, APR, 18:10 “For a Few Dollars More”
For further information contact the BFI at this link: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp