Thursday, June 22 at 18:00, Palazzo Merulana will bring together the latest glories of Spaghetti western cinema on the occasion of the launch of "Once Upon a Time in Rome", the new novel by Manuel de Teffé
June 15, 2023
Thursday, June 22 at 18:00, Palazzo Merulana will bring together the latest glories of Spaghetti western cinema to evoke the 1960s on the occasion of the launch of "Once Upon a Time in Rome", the new novel by Manuel de Teffé. Present at this preview will be the legendary director Enzo G. Castellari, inspiration of Quentin Tarantino, and the actor Gianni Garko, unforgettable "Sartana" of that time. The novel "Once Upon a Time in Rome" presents an untold page of Italian costume: the epic of the Dolce Vita overwhelmed by the revolution of western cinema, all inspired by the amazing adventures of the Roman actor Antonio de Teffé (father of the author) and how, under the pseudonym of Anthony Steffen, he became the protagonist of 27 films of the genre, among which we remember: “Django the Bastard”, “Two Pistols and a Coward”, “$1000 on Black”, “No Room to Die”, “A Train to Durango”, “Shango”, “Sabata the Killer”. Rome, 1965, in the midst of the Dolce Vita and the protests against the war in Vietnam. "A Fistful of Dollars" by Sergio Leone had a worldwide success and launched an explosive genre: the Italian western.
The world of cinema is in fibrillation, the public relations manager of the Hilton Hotel tries to convince her man to embrace the new trend. "Once Upon a Time in Rome" tells the story of an aristocratic Shakespearean stage actor, a Russian acting guru, a Jewish documentary filmmaker and an elderly breadstick entrepreneur with one last big dream: to turn his secret manuscript into a film - "No Dollars for Django."