Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Italian Western is Back

With "Oro e Piombo" (Gold and Lead)  the "spaghetti western" returns. A tribute to Sergio Leone who winks at Tarantino

Secolo d’Italia
By Great Paolucci
October 18, 2019

The Italian western is back. And back in style, with a tribute to the master of the genre:  Sergio Leone . Yes, because Oro e Piombo, is a film created by the determination of the director Emiliano Ferrera, a scholar and a great lover of the genre. Developed and watching it come to light thanks to the passion of an independent reality that he self-produced the project. Who has been able to count on the collaboration of great professionals in the technical and artistic sector, today it is a successful film. A work that follows in the footsteps of yesterday's great spaghetti westerns relaunched in the name of digital virtuosity.

Gold and Lead, spaghetti westerns are back

Long prairies. Heroic figures. Penetrating looks and dialogues are entrusted to the image even before the script, “Oro e Piombo” was born as a tribute to the Italian western and its myths. A cinema that was later re-evaluated by the fundamentalist critics, who often downgraded it to a second-rate genre. An important trend to which only a belated revaluation of the entire filmography of Leone has been able to restore dignity and spectacular strength. It is in this context, and after the success of “Django Unchained” by Quentin Tarantino, that the film directed by Ferrera was made, while on the one hand it winks a “The Magnificent 7”,on the other, it looks at all that serial production that has fed a rich and nourished line of cassette successes for about fifteen years. A period of time including roughly between 1964 and 1978, the one in which the western experienced a renewed popularity precisely in the Belpaese, after a period of decline. By identifying with it, it also influences the themes and conventions of the non-European western genre.

The artistic and technical cast

The genus, after the incredible explosion of the 60s and 70s, suddenly disappeared almost completely. Giving birth to very few films in the 80s and 90s of no notable success. Except only for Bud Spencer and Terence Hill, with whom, starting from the seventies, a kind of funny parody of Spaghetti westerns was inaugurated . So, welcome back to “Oro and Piombo”. Whose script is based on a true story of pain and revenge. Of guilt and atonement. To which he wanted to add the emotional impact of a female protagonist on a scene famously known to gringos. The heroin is indeed a woman (Yassmin Pucci), a sort of Clint Easwood with a skirt. The rest is the result of the love and commitment of high level artisans. From the cinematography of Armando Barberi, to the support of an expert master arms like Marco Fanciulli, (known for being the right arm of the great Giuliano Gemma ). And again, a stunt coordinator like Tiziano Carnevale and two horse-trainers like Antonio Di Santo and Angelo Allegretti , known internationally.

The soundtrack

The original period costumes were chosen by the costume designer Rosanna Grassia, while the soundtrack was able to count on the collaboration of the "I Dollars of Honor" which dealt with the soundtrack . Their typically western music perfectly punctuates the splendid atmospheres of the film, typical of a genre that has always focused very much on the sound commentary. Shot in an open-air set, entirely rebuilt on the outskirts of Rome and a location made available by Cinecittà World park to create some exteriors, “Oro & Piombo”, on September 28th, it won the award for Best First Work 2019, at the Terra di Siena Film Festival.

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