The Films of Sergio Leone

The Films of Sergio Leone

by Robert C. Cumbow

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Sergio Leone's renown as a filmmaker rests upon a fistful of films, most notably the three Westerns he made with Clint Eastwood in the mid-1960s: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). While the success of these movies ensured Leone's reputation would endure, the few films he made following The Man with No Name Trilogy—culminating in his American gangster epic, Once Upon a Time in America (1984) with Robert DeNiro—would solidify Leone's place as one of the great visionaries of his time.

In this enhanced revision of Once upon a Time: The Films of Sergio Leone, Robert C. Cumbow examines the work of this Italian filmmaker who made his mark re-envisioning the American Western. This volume includes a greatly expanded introduction and contains newly revised essays in which Cumbow analyzes the transition from "peplum" films to westerns in the Italian popular tradition. The book also examines each of Leone's major films as director, as well as the swan song Italian Western My Name Is Nobody, which Leone co-wrote and guided as producer. Cumbow also studies Leone's compositional style and the influence of Catholicism and the Italian grand opera tradition on his work. He provides a critical evaluation of Leone's style in reshaping the Western genre (and later, the crime film), as well an assessment of the influences on Leone's work, and his continuing impact on subsequent generations of film makers.

Additional features of this book include thumbnail comments on the professionals who most frequently made up Leone's cast and crew, as well as an entire chapter devoted to composer Ennio Morricone. The book also includes an exhaustive bibliography, discography, and filmography, completely updated for this new edition. For fans and scholars seeking original and illuminating discussion of his work, The Films of Sergio Leone provides a critical appreciation of this master stylist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461731719
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/15/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 274
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Robert C. Cumbow has published articles and reviews on film, drama, art, and music. He is the author of Order in the Universe: The Films of John Carpenter (Scarecrow, 2000).

Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments
Part 2 Part 1. Introduction
Chapter 3 1. "The Key to Your Clock"
Part 4 Part 2. The Films
Chapter 5 2. "A Sergio Leone Film" – From Sandals to Six-Shooters
Chapter 6 3. "Me Right in the Middle" – A Fistful of Dollars
Chapter 7 4. "I Can See That It Means a Lot to You" – For a Few Dollars More
Chapter 8 5. "Two Kinds of People in the World" – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Chapter 9 6. "A Nice, Quiet Country Life" – Once Upon a Time in the West
Chapter 10 7. "All I Want Is the Money" – Duck, You Sucker!
Chapter 11 8. "There Was Never Any Good Old Days" – My Name is Nobody
Chapter 12 9. "Go Look at Yourself" – Once Upona Time in America
Part 13 Part 3. The Company
Chapter 14 10. "They Earned It" – The Crew
Chapter 15 11. "I Have to Know Who You Are" – The Faces
Part 16 Part 4. The Vision
Chapter 17 12. "A Man Who Knows What He Wants" – The Moral Geometry of Sergio Leone
Chapter 18 13. "Shoot—Don't Talk!" – Themes and Images
Chapter 19 14. "He Not Only Plays—He Can Shoot, Too" – Morricone Encomium
Chapter 20 15. "You Know Music—and You Can Count" – Bob Robertson and Joe Green
Chapter 21 16. "There's a Hole in the Roof" – Sergio Leone—Catholic Filmmaker
Part 22 Appendixes
Chapter 23 Chronology
Chapter 24 Filmography
Chapter 25 Recommended Discography
Part 26 Bibliography
Part 27 Index
Part 28 About the Author

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