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Something to Do with Death (2003)

Part three of the making of Sergio Leone's C'era una volta il West.


Lancelot Narayan


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Cast overview:
Claudia Cardinale ... Herself
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Himself
Christopher Frayling Christopher Frayling ... Himself, author of 'Sergio Leone: Something To Do with Death'
John Carpenter ... Himself
Alex Cox ... Himself
Bernardo Bertolucci ... Himself
John Milius ... Himself


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 (zelva@tiele.nl)

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Documentary | Short






English | Italian

Release Date:

18 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jotain tekemistä kuoleman kanssa See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lipsync Productions See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »

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Short documentary on the themes in Sergio Leone's westerns
20 November 2005 | by thewholebrevitythingSee all my reviews

Something to do with death.

Sergio Leone was famous for bringing the 'man with no name' character type to life in his westerns, a character he explored in more than a few films - the fistful of dollars trilogy and in his western masterpiece, in my opinion the best western ever made, once upon a time in the west. In once upon a time in the west, Jason Robards character (cheyenne) refers to Charles Bronsons character as containing "something to do with death" in him. Cheyenne is the leader of an outlawed band of cut throats who wear the symbolic earthy orange-red dusters (as seen on the DVD cover). Cheyennes character has seen a lot of death in his time and has dealt out enough too to know exactly what he is talking about. This short documentary explores that concept through the themes and characters in Leones masterpiece.

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