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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Sergio Leone's Directorial Debut 'The Colossus of Rhodes'

2 December 2013 11:15 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sergio Leone Week! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing 1961's "The Colossus of Rhodes." Seven years before conducting a master class on the art of widescreen composition in Once Upon A Time In The West, Sergio Leone made his credited directorial debut (he had previously stepped in to finish most of The Last Days Of Pompeii when the original director fell ill) with this equally epic sword and sandal film starring American cowboy actor Rory Calhoun. Leone’s dynamic framing of the towering statue at the center of the film combined with the frenetic action scenes set on top of it made sure the Saturday matinee crowd stayed glued to their seats for the film’s excessive 128 min. running time (an uncut German dvd is available with an extra 15 minutes of mayhem and political intrigue). »

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Looking back at Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy

17 January 2013 3:12 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Paul Martinovic Jan 18, 2013

With Django Unchained out now in the UK, Paul looks back at Sergio Leone's classic Dollars trilogy that helped inspire it...

Howard Hawks, one of the most successful Western directors of all time and a key influence on Sergio Leone, once said a great movie can be defined as one with "three great scenes, and no bad ones." There can be few directors who understood the power of great scenes quite as strongly as Leone, the director of the Dollars trilogy and de facto godfather of the spaghetti western.

Some might argue his emphasis on great individual moments was to his detriment, as the MacGuffin-laden plots of his films seem to exist mainly as devices on which he can hang his elaborate setpieces, and were subsequently labeled as exercises in pure style. While the artistic and intellectual merits of the three films are up for debate, »

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