The films of Sergio Leone /

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Author / Creator:Cumbow, Robert C., 1946-
Imprint:Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2008.
Description:viii, 261 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Language:English
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Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/6816005
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ISBN:9780810860414 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0810860414 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes:Includes filmography: p. [223]-245.
Includes discography: p. [247].
Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-251) and index.
Review by Library Journal Review

Italian director Sergio Leone is celebrated for his small number of spaghetti Westerns, i.e., vast, sweeping, operatic epics filled with wide vistas, long silences, and moments of unexpected violence spiked with surprising bits of humor. In this updated edition of Once Upon a Time: The Films of Sergio Leone (1987), Cumbow (Order in the Universe: The Films of John Carpenter) admits he provides little biographical background, preferring to focus on how Leone's work with Italian sword-and-sandal films honed his extravagant visual style and contributed to his themes, such as the wandering outsider passing through strange and decadent lands. Cumbow provides in-depth analysis of Leone's films, particularly his popular Clint Eastwood trilogy and Once Upon a Time in the West, panned and ignored upon its initial release but now considered Leone's masterpiece. Cumbow also includes valuation on Leone's creative associates, his all-important collaboration with composer Ennio Morricone, and an explication of common symbols found in the films. With most of Leone's best films now available on DVD, this book should find an appreciative audience among film buffs and scholars. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.-Stephen Rees, Levittown Lib., PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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