Sunday, July 31, 2011
A Hero Never Dies Library: Sergio Leone Once Upon A Time In Italy
Sir Christopher Frayling's Sergio Leone Once upon a time in Italy, is a completely different book to his Leone biography Something to do with death. This book is more of a coffee table style book, heavy with graphics but still with plenty of Frayling's wonderfully detailed and insightful writing on Sergio Leone and his films.
The first section of the book is entitled Sergio Leone and the western, before covering each of his westerns in turn.This section also includes a fascinating list of the influence of specific American westerns on Leone's movies. After this are a series of interviews including Leone himself, Ennio Morricone, actors including Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef, crew members and writers including Bernado Bertollucci. We also have an essay written by Leone on John Ford, a look at Leone's legacy and an afterword interview with Martin Scorsese.
Frayling's writing is worth the cost of the book alone, while not as detailed as his Leone biography, this book really packs the facts, insights and anecdotes into it's 240 pages. The main reason to buy the book though, even if you already own Frayling's other books is the incredible wealth of behind the scenes photos, international posters and ads, production sketches etc.
A great read and a book you will return to time and time again to drool at the posters you will never have (or is that just me?). Highly recommended for any spaghetti western fans and certainly for fans of Il Maestro.