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Big screen classics

A Fistful of Dollars

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Eastwood and Leone’s first collaboration not only transformed their careers but also changed the face of the western.

Image from A Fistful of Dollars

Italy-West Germany-Spain 1964
Dir Sergio Leone
With Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Marianne Koch
100min
Digital 4K
English subtitles

Even as they proceeded towards operatic stylisation and archetypal characters, Leone’s spaghetti westerns highlighted both physical and ethical squalor – dirt, in short – to provide a persuasively less romantic image of the West than the myths traditionally offered by Hollywood. The success of his first film starring Eastwood as the nameless amoral protagonist, with its story lifted from Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, helped transform the genre.

See our screening of Once Upon a Time in the West.


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