Friday, 23 May 2014


#SergioLeone #QuentinTarantino #Cannes #CannesFilmFestival #Croisette #France #SpaghettiWestern #EnnioMorricone

"Get three coffins ready"

This year, The Cannes Film Festival will celebrate, with a screening of a restored copy of "A Fistful of Dollars" , original title: "Per un Pugno di Dollari" the Genius and Lifetime work of #ICONIC Italian director Sergio Leone; the man that invented the Spaghetti Western Genre. A great influence in the entire careers and work of modern day directors like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.


"A Fistful Of Dollars" skyrocketed the career of at the time, virtually unknown; Clint Eastwood

One day Sergio Leone, looking for inspiration for a new movie, started driving around Rome, while waiting at a traffic light he wound down his window and asked the driver in the next car to tell him a story, that story became his next movie.

Here's the Cannes Film Festival Organizers Press Release:

"Quentin Tarantino to close the Festival de Cannes with a celebration of the life and work of Sergio Leone. A Fistful of Dollars by Sergio Leone will be screened at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday 24th May.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Spaghetti Western in 1964, the Festival de Cannes will be showing A Fistful of Dollars directed by Sergio Leone that same year and starring Clint Eastwood and Gian Maria Volontè.

The film will be screened on Saturday 24th May, after the prizes have been awarded, using the exceptional new copy restored by the Cineteca di Bologna. 

The event will be hosted by Quentin Tarantino, a great admirer of Sergio Leone, who has always been open about how much his own film making owes to the influence of the Western’s great Italian masters.

The restoration of A Fistful of Dollars was undertaken by the Cineteca di Bologna and Unidis Jolly Film (the film’s original producer and distributor) with the involvement of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation.

The work was carried out by the Immagine Ritrovata film restoration laboratory.

The original Techniscope camera negative was digitised by immersion and restored to 4K resolution.

Cinematographer Ennio Guarneri oversaw the digital calibration and a period copy printed in Technicolor was used as a visual reference.

The digital restoration of the sound was achieved with two optical negatives of the English version owned by Unidis Jolly Film and MGM, remixed with two separate magnetic sets that contained the original pre-mixes of the music and the effects.

The screening is made possible thanks to the beneficiaries: the Paladino family and Unidis Jolly Film. Special thanks go to the Leone family."