(In case of rain, the screening will be moved to Cinema Jolly)
“I engaged Luciano Vincenzoni. (….) I wanted him to help me to construct a universe different from the previous films. Something different on the visual level. Still more realistic. With rain and mud. In the American West there is a leaden sun during the day. And during the night, there can be a deluge. Then in the morning the landscape is different (…) We also needed a documentary basis for a new story (…) I had read quite a lot about bounty killers. We started from there. We knew that this phrase would be in the title: “Where life counts for nothing, death can be worth more”. (…) I invest myself totally in every one of my stories. Nothing is ever gratuitous. At the start, For a Few Dollars More derived from my vendetta against the producers Jolly. But it quickly became a reflection on cinema. The cinema is the myth integrated to a tale. It is not the industry of dreams. It is the making of myths. My documentary contribution to the myth cannot exclude my universe as author, even if I prefer to show the worst of all, the bounty hunters. Perhaps it is negative, but America is an immense terrain for such professionals. They move around following their information. They are conscious of their own technical worth. To our European eyes, they pervert the law, but, for Americans, they are useful. They eliminate harmful individuals. Sure, I also need to work on fantasy, so as better to achieve the choreography and the baroque in my cinematographic writing. Like the carillon clock which is the point of departure. I asked Morricone to start from this theme, which already existed, in composing the score”.
Sergio Leone, da Noel Simsolo, Conversations avec Sergio Leone, Stock, Paris, 1987
Cast and Credits
Sog.: Sergio Leone, Fulvio Morsella; Scen.: Sergio Leone, Luciano Vincenzoni; F.: Massimo Dallamano; Mo.: Eugenio Alabiso, Giorgio Serralonga; Scgf. E Cost.: Manuel Baquero, Giovanni Corridori; Mu.: Ennio Morricone; Su.: Oscar De Arcangelis; Int.: Clint Eastwood (Il Monco), Lee Van Cleef (Colonnello Douglas Mortimer), Gian Maria Volonté (El Indio), Rosemarie Dexter (La Sorella Del Colonnello), Mara Krupp (La Moglie Dell’albergatore), Luigi Pistilli (Groggy), Klaus Kinski (Il Gobbo), Mario Brega (Nino), Josef Egger (Il Vecchio “Profeta”), Panos Papadopulos, Benito Stefanelli, Roberto Camardiel, Aldo Sambrell, Luis Rodriguez, Tomas Blanco, Lorenzo Robledo, Sergio Mendizabal, Dante Maggio, Diana Rabito, Mario Meniconi; Prod.: Alberto Grimaldi Per La Pea (Roma)/Constantin Film (Monaco)/Arturo Gonzales (Madrid); Pri. Pro.: 18 Dicembre 1965; 35mm. L.: 3484 M. D.: 127′. Col.
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