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November 16, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Italian director Sergio Leone's 1968 western classic "Once Upon a Time in the West," like so many films stashed away in storerooms for decades, has not aged well. The common signs: scratches, fading colors and a generalized reddish hue. But by next fall, the film -- starring Henry Fonda and Claudia Cardinale -- will be restored to its desert blazing glory and ready to be shown at the second Rome Film Festival.
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July 4, 2013
As sprawling and ambitiously conceived as the nation that inspired it, Sergio Leone's sprawling crime drama "Once Upon a Time in America" comes to the Cinefamily in its original European running time. Starring Robert De Niro and James Woods in an epic story of '30s mobsters, this 1984 film delivers cinematic fireworks in a way seldom seen in modern movies. 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Sat., 6:30 p.m., Sun., 8 p.m. $12 http://www.cinefamily.org .
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January 26, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Clint Eastwood, paying tribute to Sergio Leone at a film festival, said one of the joys of working with the late Italian director in the 1960s was that he lacked Hollywood's ingrained self-censorship. "Sergio was not afraid to attack things that were forbidden," Eastwood said. "For instance, you couldn't show a character getting shot. Sergio didn't know that, so he went ahead and filmed it."
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August 30, 2012 | By Susan King
The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre is hoping to make your Labor Day with its “Eastwood Westerns” program. The retrospective of Clint Eastwood's best sagebrush sagas begins Monday evening with his final spaghetti western for director Sergio Leone, 1966's “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” which also stars Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef. On tap for Wednesday is “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” the 1976 revisionist Western he also directed. Sondra Locke, who would be Eastwood's collaborator both on and off screen for several years, is also featured.
NEWS
May 1, 1989 | GINGER THOMPSON, Times Staff Writer
Director Sergio Leone, whose widely imitated films spawned the "spaghetti Western" genre and made Clint Eastwood an international celebrity, died of a heart attack Sunday in Rome. The critically acclaimed film maker, whose credits include "A Fistful of Dollars," "The Good, the Bad and The Ugly," "Once Upon a Time in the West" and "Once Upon a Time in America," was 60. Police said his family called for medical assistance shortly after 1:30 a.m., when Leone developed chest pains, but by the time help arrived, the heavy-set, white-bearded man was dead.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2012 | Sari Heifetz-Stricke
The best way to find a good guy in the westerns of director Sergio Leone is to look for a worse guy. The Italian director's penchant for blurring the lines between heroes and villains stood in stark contrast with the clear distinctions found in traditional Hollywood westerns and helped modernize and revitalize the genre, two facts readily apparent in "Once Upon a Time: The Films of Sergio Leone" at the American Cinematheque beginning Friday....
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June 18, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Sergio Leone's 1968 masterwork, “Once Upon a Time in the West,” was showing the ravages of time. The negative that Paramount Pictures had been using over the years to strike prints was getting old and frayed, and the color was shifting. But thanks to a new restoration, the seminal western is now crisp and vibrant. The new print will have its West Coast premiere Friday evening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Film historians and critics look upon the film as a true masterpiece.
BOOKS
September 11, 2005 | Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and a film critic for Time magazine. He is the author of many books, including "Clint Eastwood: A Biography" and the forthcoming "Elia Kazan: A Biography."
MODERNIST, postmodernist or merely mannerist? It's hard to know how to label Sergio Leone, but of this much I'm certain: It is time to pry open the portals of the Pantheon and permit him to enter that company of filmmakers -- Bergman, Fellini, Godard, Kurosawa (feel free to season the list to taste, with others who speak with special urgency to you) -- who in the middle of the 20th century expanded (exploded, really) the expressive and stylistic possibilities of world cinema.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2013
As sprawling and ambitiously conceived as the nation that inspired it, Sergio Leone's sprawling crime drama "Once Upon a Time in America" comes to the Cinefamily in its original European running time. Starring Robert De Niro and James Woods in an epic story of '30s mobsters, this 1984 film delivers cinematic fireworks in a way seldom seen in modern movies. 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Sat., 6:30 p.m., Sun., 8 p.m. $12 http://www.cinefamily.org .
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 1989
In 1969, when I was 17, I saw "Once Upon a Time in the West" during a vacation in Las Vegas. Sergio Leone was my favorite director, and I was pleased to have an opportunity to see his latest film before it opened in Los Angeles. The movie, 165 minutes long, was a masterpiece. Later I saw the motion picture in Los Angeles. I was shocked to find that it had been cut to 140 minutes. Lionel Stander's role was gone even though he still appeared in the credits, and Jason Robards' death scene was removed even though Charles Bronson was shown carrying someone's body on the horse behind him in the end credits.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2012
'Once Upon a Time: The Films of Sergio Leone' at American Cinematheque Where: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, and Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica When: Fri. and Sat., Thu. and Feb. 24 Fri., 7:30 p.m., Aero: "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964) and "For a Few Dollars More" (1965) Sat., 7:30 p.m., Aero: "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966) Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., Egyptian: "Duck, You Sucker" (1971) Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Egyptian: "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968)
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February 17, 2012 | Sari Heifetz-Stricke
The best way to find a good guy in the westerns of director Sergio Leone is to look for a worse guy. The Italian director's penchant for blurring the lines between heroes and villains stood in stark contrast with the clear distinctions found in traditional Hollywood westerns and helped modernize and revitalize the genre, two facts readily apparent in "Once Upon a Time: The Films of Sergio Leone" at the American Cinematheque beginning Friday....
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May 30, 2010 | By Sam Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There is no middle ground in Sergio Leone's West. His magisterial, half-mad westerns deal in sweeping long shots and incandescent close-ups, but he has little use for the comfortable medium shot that French cinéastes call the "plan américain ." The all-or-nothing approach was dictated in part by the limitations of Techniscope, the cut-rate widescreen process that made it difficult to focus on the middle distance. But Leone was given to extremes in any case, a tendency that comes to glorious fruition over the course of the films in MGM's "The Man With No Name Trilogy," to be released this week on Blu-ray.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2009 | Glenn Whipp
Quentin Tarantino has long considered the original "Inglorious Bastards" to be his "own private little movie." So when he bought the rights to Enzo Castellari's little-seen 1978 Italian World War II flick -- later retitled "G.I. Bro" to capitalize on football-star-turned-actor Fred Williamson's presence -- the assumption was that Tarantino aimed to create another cinematic collage, similar to what he did with his two "Kill Bill" movies, martial-arts mash-ups that wore their references on their kimono sleeves.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Sergio Leone's 1968 masterwork, “Once Upon a Time in the West,” was showing the ravages of time. The negative that Paramount Pictures had been using over the years to strike prints was getting old and frayed, and the color was shifting. But thanks to a new restoration, the seminal western is now crisp and vibrant. The new print will have its West Coast premiere Friday evening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Film historians and critics look upon the film as a true masterpiece.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Agiant monster from the deep, making mincemeat of London! Zsa Zsa Gabor in outer space! Joan Crawford bonding with prehistoric man! James Brolin hijacking an airplane! Women in prison! Joan Collins sashaying in the pyramids! Priceless film moments all. Now Warner Home Video is celebrating the trashy, kitschy and the classically corny with its four-volume "Cult Camp Classics," arriving Tuesday on DVD.
NEWS
June 4, 1989
Laura (AMC Sunday at 9:45 p.m.): The cop who falls in love with the socialite murder victim. A great film noir, directed by Otto Preminger. (1:45) El Sur (Bravo Monday at 8 p.m.): A beautiful 1983 psychological study of an abandoned girl in the provinces, by the superb contemporary Spanish director, Victor Erice. (2:00) Seven Women (Channel 13 Tuesday at 1:30 a.m.): John Ford's last film, with Anne Bancroft and Margaret Leighton among a septet of women besieged at a Chinese mission.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 1999
Your "Today's Best Bets" column (July 2) states that Sergio Leone resurrected Clint Eastwood's career. I wish to question the word "resurrected." Records show that Leone's three Eastwood films did not fare well when they opened in the United States. To take it a step further, the general feeling that existed then was that an American actor making an Italian movie was taking a step backward. It buttressed the impression that Eastwood was not exactly in demand at home. Nevertheless, Leone's three Eastwood films were highly successful in Italy, Japan and South America.
NEWS
November 16, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Italian director Sergio Leone's 1968 western classic "Once Upon a Time in the West," like so many films stashed away in storerooms for decades, has not aged well. The common signs: scratches, fading colors and a generalized reddish hue. But by next fall, the film -- starring Henry Fonda and Claudia Cardinale -- will be restored to its desert blazing glory and ready to be shown at the second Rome Film Festival.
BOOKS
September 11, 2005 | Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and a film critic for Time magazine. He is the author of many books, including "Clint Eastwood: A Biography" and the forthcoming "Elia Kazan: A Biography."
MODERNIST, postmodernist or merely mannerist? It's hard to know how to label Sergio Leone, but of this much I'm certain: It is time to pry open the portals of the Pantheon and permit him to enter that company of filmmakers -- Bergman, Fellini, Godard, Kurosawa (feel free to season the list to taste, with others who speak with special urgency to you) -- who in the middle of the 20th century expanded (exploded, really) the expressive and stylistic possibilities of world cinema.
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