Something to Do with Death (2003)

Video  |   |  Documentary, Short  |  18 November 2003 (USA)
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Part three of the making of Sergio Leone's C'era una volta il West.


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Christopher Frayling ...
Himself, author of 'Sergio Leone: Something To Do with Death'
Alex Cox ...


Part three in a documentary trilogy about the making of C'era una volta il West. The first part of Something to Do with Death focuses on the music of composer Ennio Morricone. The music actually was written before the shooting even began. The documentary continues with the political views of director Sergio Leone. Did C'era una volta il West have a political message? The film concludes with a view about the importance and influence of the film on the world then and now. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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18 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jotain tekemistä kuoleman kanssa  »

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1.85 : 1
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The title comes from Sir Christopher Frayling's biography of 'Sergio Leone', which in turn is a line from Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). See more »


References The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) See more »

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It's not just a book title anymore
13 May 2010 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This is one of the four featurettes on the Special Collector's Edition 2-Disc DVD release of Once Upon a Time in the West, and the third of the three-part making-of production on the movie(note that this documentary does, indeed, give away the ending). It consists of interviews(again with those that appeared on the impeccable commentary track, save for the film historian; the directors, including the "Johns" of Carpenter and Milius, as well as Frayling, the author of the novel that bears the same name as this, return, and are again joined by surviving crew and cast members), the Italian subtitled to English for those of us who can't speak it, and clips of the picture itself. They talk about the themes in Leone's work, whether or not this particular one was political, the US cutting it down, the use of sound, Morricone's score, how important women were to him, his relationship with his actors and their initial reaction to watching the epic. It is all rather interesting and well-edited, and it keeps to a solid pace throughout, never boring the audience. There is no offensive material in this. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about its subject. 7/10

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