From April 2 to April 30, BFI Southbank will host a special celebration of the work of Sergio Leone. The season coincides with the re-release of 1964’s A Fistful of Dollars, which is back in selected cinemas courtesy of Park Circus on Friday April 13.
Also included in the season will be the other two films in Leone’s Dollars Trilogy – For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) – as well as his virtuoso effort Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), and the American gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America (1984). There will also be a talk from Leone biographer Sir Christopher Frayling on Friday April 6 examining the distinctively Italian character of Leone’s unique films and charting how they’ve been interpreted and celebrated over the years.
Leone continues to influence filmmakers, from Edgar Wright (whose first film was a parody called A Fistful of Fingers) to Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and David Mackenzie, and to complement the season, there will be screenings of modern takes on westerns, including feminist interpretations and those which explore the African diaspora’s contribution to the genre; these will include My Pure Land (2017), followed by a Q&A with director Sarmad Masud, Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie, 2016) and a preview of Chloé Zhao’s The Rider (2017).