A lavish look at the making of Sergio Leone’s revisionist western
This sumptuously produced book is both a fine tribute to Sergio Leone's 1968 masterpiece and an insightful look into how a piece of cinema can gather an almost mythic reputation in the half-century since it was produced. Frayling’s scrupulously researched and consistently surprising text features in-depth interviews with everyone from Tarantino to Scorsese, as well as the enjoyably irascible composer Ennio Morricone, which place the film in its cultural and cinematic context. Meanwhile, rare and previously unseen photographs and sketches mean that this admittedly pricey volume will be a must-buy for any Leone aficionado or serious scholar of film.
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