The years between 1950 and 1960 were difficult for the great Hollywood film industry. A sentence of the Supreme Court of the United States decreed the end of the studios' productive and distributive oligopoly and, at the same time, TV began to become very popular. The significant drop in films produced created problems for the programming of many m...

Italy’s Leone Film Group, the company founded by Spaghetti Western master Sergio Leone, has been on a roaring roll since 2012. That’s when his children, Raffaella and Andrea, who now run the company, spotted a theatrical distribution gap left open by Medusa and Rai Cinema and stepped in to swiftly sign an output deal with DreamWorks. This, in turn,...

The Italian post office issued a stamp Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of great director Sergio Leone. The stamp shows the baddie from his masterpiece One Upon A Time In The West played by Henry Fond. Leone, who died on April 30, 1989 aged 60, was credited as the inventor of the Spaghetti Western genre starring Clint Eastwood. Leone's pioneeri...

Sergio Leone was born Jan. 3, 1929; he would have been 90 this week. Though he directed only seven films, their impact has been wide and long-lasting, including making Clint Eastwood a star.  On Oct. 11, 1967, Variety carried a guest column by Lee Van Cleef shortly before the U.S. bow of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” The actor countered critici...

"My name is nobody". Two shows only: Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25. 1:00 PM. The Guild - 3405 Central Ave NE - Albuquerque, NM. $5 Admission when you ask for the Italian Festival’s rate. Conceived and produced by Spaghetti Western legend, Sergio Leone, and directed by one of his most loyal students, Tonino Valerii, this 1973 classic...

All those who have experienced the honor and the adventure of meeting him, said that his English was, actually, its own English. For the first ten minutes, the largest U.S. producers looked at him and thought how strange was the accent of that Italian man from Rome who wanted to reinvent cinema. They stared at him, then at his eyes, listening to hi...

Watching actors and directors walking the red carpets of the awards shows, drinking the finest champagne and laughing at the opening monologues of Ricky Gervais or whomever is hosting the show, can leave you feeling that they have the easiest job in the world. However, being part of the movie industry requires painstaking determination, dedication,...

by Nick Vivarelli   Italy's Leone Film Group, the company originally founded by spaghetti western master Sergio Leone, has forged an alliance with Rome's Cinecittà Studios to jointly attract and provide executive production services to Hollywood productions lured by the country's generous production incentives.   The pact envisions Le...

by Jonathan Bazzi   Ennio Morricone (Rome, 1928) started out as a trumpeter, but became the composer of the most beautiful and memorable soundtracks in film history. From early on he was successful in the spaghetti western genre, writing the music for the great masterpieces of Sergio Leone.   As early as the 1960s he composed for nume...

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive of the University of California recently presented the new film series centered on the great Italian directors of Western movies, "The Hills Run Red: Italian Westerns, Leone and Beyond."   The Series, running through January 27th, presents six classics by Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, Damiano Dam...