Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sergio Leone at the BFI Southbank

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”

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