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Sergio Leone: The Way I See Things

Guilo Reale's docu "Sergio Leone: The Way I See Things" is an OK if superficial study of the late Italian director who launched Clint Eastwood and Spaghetti Westerns. Array of clips and interviews with former associates will please fans. Arts-oriented nets rep likeliest exposure; short feature will make a good extra for future Leone DVD re-releases.

ore homage than biography or critical inquiry, Guilo Reale’s docu “Sergio Leone: The Way I See Things” is an OK if superficial study of the late Italian director who launched Clint Eastwood and Spaghetti Westerns. Array of clips and interviews with former associates will please fans. Arts-oriented nets rep likeliest exposure; short feature will make a good extra for future Leone DVD re-releases.

Helmer Reale skips past Leone’s long industry apprenticeship and early directorial work on sword and sandal flicks, jumping to breakthrough “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964), a film evidently made just to milk extra mileage from sets built for another, higher-budget Euro Western. Via surviving collaborators and Leone’s brief archival comments, docu tracks increasingly large-scale subsequent efforts, ending in the much-delayed “Once Upon a Time in America.” Leone’s command of striking widescreen imagery is conveyed, but the assumption that his films are all masterpieces ignores the opinion in some quarters that Leone was a visual stylist with scant interest in or knack for plot, character, acting, etc. Fondly nostalgic Claudia Cardinale, less-so Eli Wallach, and long-suffering producer Claudio Mancini offer some of the more penetrating anecdotes and insights.

Sergio Leone: The Way I See Things

Italy

  • Production: A Guilo Reale production. Produced, directed by Reale.
  • Crew: Camera (color, DV), Marco Manqiarotti, Ferran Paredes, Alessandro Bosco, Stefanie Roth; editor, Calin Hodis; music, Antonino Stella. Reviewed at Cinequest, San Jose, Calif., March 8, 2006. English, Italian dialogue. Running time: 62 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Eugenio Alabisio, Nino Baragli, Claudia Cardinale, Damiano Damiani, Robert Forges Davanzati, Ablerto De Martino, Piero De Bernardi, Tonino Delli Colli, Franco Di Giacomo, Christopher Frayling, Valerio Garzia, Vittoriao Giacci, Franco Giraldi, Carla Leone, Gianni Maddaleni, Luigi Magni, Claudio Mancini, Giuliano Montaldo, Luca Morsella, Ennio Morricone, Gianfranco Pannone, Jose Maria Rodriguez, Giuseppe Russolini, Giancarlo Santi, Antonio Scaramuzza, Carlo Tafani, Tonino Valerii, Carlo Verdone, Lucino Vincenzoni, Eli Wallach.
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