The latest installment in Greenwich Library's Cult Films series, Sergio Leone's A Fistful Of Dollars, starring Clint Eastwood, will be shown on Wednesday, November 5th, beginning at 6:30 pm. More details here. Below is the original trailer:
Dollars, made & released in 1964 in Europe (the US got to see it for the first time in January, 1967), was a thinly disguised remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1961 film Yojimbo, itself influenced by Dashiell Hammett's 1929 novel, Red Harvest. Directed by Sergio Leone, Dollars was an Italian/Spanish/German co-production, shot in Almeria, Spain (exteriors), with indoor sequences (interiors) shot in Italy. The cast was made up of various Italian, German and Spanish actors, including Marianne Koch and Gian Maria Volante, and it's music was composed by then-unknown Ennio Morricone.
Leone, reportedly given a $200,000 budget, wanted to shake up the western genre, which he felt had gone stagnant. After being rejected by Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson, Leone hired the then popular star of TV's Rawhide, Clint Eastwood for $15,000 to portray the protagonist, a mysterious gunman who rides into a town controlled by two warring families, the Baxters and the Rojos, and seeing a possible monetary profit, decides to pit one faction against the other.
Eastwood's "Man With No Name" (actually he's called "Joe" in the film) is about as far apart as a traditional western hero as you can get. Add various violent gun fight sequences that are quickly and stylishly edited and some witty dialogue, and Dollars became an international artistic and financial success. Leone of course went on to do two sequels with Eastwood, eventually even working with both Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson in 1969's Once Upon A Time In The West, as well as other films, before his death in 1989.
(BTW Here's a really good article on Leone's influence.)
The program begins at 6:30 pm in the library's meeting room on the second floor. The film, dubbed in English, runs about 100 minutes and is in color. Rated R.
I usually begin each screening with a brief discussion of the film's production and it's influence over the decades. Both film buffs and ingénues are welcome. Hope you can join us. And click here to see what we'll be showing next!
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