Thursday, April 26, 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.

Schedule of events for Thursday April 26, 2018:

 A piece of land with a vital water source becomes the focus for this epic piece covering all the best aspects of the Wild West. This time Leone watched many key American westerns in order to construct his own masterpiece. His methods more than paid off as both a homage to what came before and as a thoroughly entertaining addition to the genre.

THU 26, APR, 17:50 “Once Upon a Time in the West”

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 

THU 26, APR, 21:00 “A Fistful of Dollars”
THU 26, APR, 28:15 “A Fistful of Dollars”

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