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Sergio Leone: Something to Do with Death


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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.

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This first American printing of this 2000 original publication examines the life and work of Sergio Leone, Italian movie director and the father of the "Spaghetti Western" genre. The volume recounts Leone's early life and work as a cinematographer and assistant director on famous films of the 1940s and 1950s such as de Sica's Bicycle Thief and historical epics such as Ben Hur, and discusses in depth his development of the Spaghetti Western style in the Italian film community of the 1960s. The text explores several of his most important films in detail, including the Clint Eastwood Dollars trilogy. The book includes several sections of black and white plates. Frayling is a writer on popular culture and the acknowledged expert on Leone and his films. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


The landmark biography of one of the twentieth century’s most recognizable directors—now back in print

About the Author

Sir Christopher Frayling is a historian, critic, and award-winning broadcaster. He was chairman of Arts Council England from 2003 until 2010. He was knighted in 2001.

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Author's Note to 2012 Edition


1. Once Upon a Time in Rome

2. Bob, Son of Robert

3. Hollywood on the Tiber

4. Economic Miracles

5. Fistful of Dollars

6. For a Few Dollars More

7. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

8. Once Upon a Time in the West

9. Keep Your Head Down

10. Entr'acte

11. Once Upon a Time in America

12. A Certain Cinema





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Frayling, Christopher
University of Minnesota Press
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
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9.13 x 6 x 2 in

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