Sergio Leone : something to do with death /
Christopher Frayling.
1st u.s. ed.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
xx, 570 p. : ill., 16 p. of plates ; 23 cm.
9780816646838 (pb : alk. paper)
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Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
9780816646838 (pb : alk. paper)
general note
Originally published: Faber and Faber, 2000.
catalogue key
Bibliography: p. 523-524.
Filmography: p. 525-543.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 495-522) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Sir Christopher Frayling is a historian, critic, and award-winning broad caster. He was chairman of Arts Council England from 2005 until 2010. He was knighted in 2001.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2000-06-15:
Sergio Leone is identified with spaghetti WesternsDviolent, visually imaginative Sixties and Seventies films that exploded the clichs of the Hollywood Western. Leone brought stardom to TV actor Clint Eastwood, who was cast as an antihero alien to Westerns and who admitted that Leone "really doesn't know anything about the West." Instead, the director's West existed as a sort of fever dream, and his tales, the author notes, were "fairy-tales for grown-ups." In the first detailed study of this original director, Frayling (Spaghetti Westerns) explores Leone's years of apprenticeship on American films shot in Italy, such as Ben Hur and sword-and-sandal epics like Colossus of Rhodes, which refined Leone's distinctive visual storytelling style. His imagination, however, was fired by the classic Westerns of John Ford. Frayling discusses the director's offbeat humor and considers the charges of misogyny and excessive violence without defending him. These features were evident in Leone's last film, Once Upon a Time in America (1984), an all-star gangster saga that confounded critics and admirers. This informative look at an underappreciated director should spark reappraisals of his work. Recommended for all film collections.DStephen Rees, Levittown Regional Lib., PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Review Quotes
"Anyone who cares for these violent and poetic films will want to take a look at Frayling's painstaking biography." --Michael Dirda, Washington Post
"Comprehensive and scrupulously prepared." -- Publishers Weekly
"Comprehensive in scope, epic in achievement, Sergio Leone: Something to Do with Death is likely to be the definitive work on Leone." -- Times Higher Education Supplement
"Frayling is a perceptive, witty writer . . . [who] depicts the zany, underconsidered Italian cinematic watershed with haunting clarity." -- Kirkus
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Main Description
Sergio Leone is a singular figure among Italian filmmakers of the postwar years; his films grow in reputation year after year. Groundbreaking westerns such as his Dollars trilogy and the authoritative Once upon a Time in the West have made Leone one of the most popular and influential directors in world cinema. Christopher Frayling's remarkable biography of Leone-the first ever-affectionately explores his body of work and casts light on little-known details of his life. A wealth of research, story, and insight, Sergio Leone: Something to Do with Death stands as the definitive study of this master filmmaker, crafted by one of our most acclaimed critics and historians.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. xi
Author's Note to 2012 Editionp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Once Upon a Time in Romep. 1
Bob, Son of Robertp. 25
Hollywood on the Tiberp. 49
Economic Miraclesp. 80
Fistful of Dollarsp. 118
For a Few Dollars Morep. 165
The Good, The Bad and The Uglyp. 201
Once Upon a Time in the Westp. 247
Keep Your Head Downp. 302
Entr'actep. 348
Once Upon a Time in Americap. 379
A Certain Cinemap. 464
Notesp. 495
Bibliographyp. 523
Complete Filmographyp. 525
Indexp. 544
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