A Fistful of Dollars Italian : Per un pugno di dollarilit. Released in Italy in and then in the United States init initiated the popularity of the Spaghetti Western genre.
All three films were later released in sequence in the United States La Reazione - Ennio Morricone - A Fistful Of Dollars / Per Un Pugno Di Dollari catapulting Eastwood into stardom. As few Spaghetti Westerns had yet been released in the United States, many of the European cast and crew took on American-sounding stage names. A stranger arrives at the little town of San Miguel.
The La Reazione - Ennio Morricone - A Fistful Of Dollars / Per Un Pugno Di Dollari decides to play each family against the other in order to make money, and proves his speed and accuracy with his gun to both sides by shooting with ease the four men who insulted him as he entered town.
The Stranger seizes his opportunity when he sees the Rojos massacre a detachment of Mexican soldiers who were escorting a chest of gold that they'd planned to exchange for a shipment of new rifles.
He takes two of the dead bodies to a nearby cemetery and sells information to both sides, Burden (Original Mix) - Various - Stars-music Winter 2005-2006 Tester CD that two Mexican soldiers survived the attack.
Both sides race to the cemetery; the Baxters to get the "survivors" to testify against the Rojos, and the Rojos to silence them. While the Rojos and the Baxters are fighting, the Stranger searches the Rojo hacienda for the gold. While he is searching he accidentally knocks out a woman, Marisol.
He takes her to the Baxters, who, in turn, arrange to return her to the Rojos in exchange for Antonio. Silvanito attempts to protect the family with a shotgun with the Stranger backing him up. That night, while the Rojos are celebrating, the Stranger rides out and frees Marisol, shooting the guards and wrecking the house in which she is being held, making it appear as though it were attacked by the Baxters.
He gives Marisol some money and tells her family to leave the town. When the Rojos discover that the Stranger freed Marisol, they capture and torture him, but he escapes.
Believing him to be protected by the Baxters, the Rojos set fire to the Baxter home and massacre the entire family as they run out of the burning building. Consuelo, John Baxter's wife, appears and curses the Elizabeth (56) - Ruggine for killing her unarmed husband and son. She is then shot and killed by Esteban.
With help from Piripero, the local coffin-maker, the Stranger escapes town by hiding in a coffin. He hides and convalesces in a nearby mine.
When Piripero tells him that Where The Wolves Are Weeping - Rovar17 - English Letter has been captured, the Stranger returns to town to face the Rojos. He then uses the last bullet in his gun to free Silvanito, tied hanging from a post. Esteban Rojo aims for the Stranger's back from a nearby building, but is shot dead by Silvanito.
The Stranger bids farewell and rides away from the town. A Fistful of Dollars was at first intended by Leone to reinvent the western genre in Italy. In his opinion, the American westerns of the mid- to lates had become stagnant, overly preachy and not believable. Despite the fact that even Hollywood began to gear down production of such films, Leone knew that there was still a significant market in Europe for westerns.
He observed that Italian audiences La Reazione - Ennio Morricone - A Fistful Of Dollars / Per Un Pugno Di Dollari at the stock conventions of both American westerns and the pastiche work of Italian directors working behind pseudonyms.
His approach was to take the grammar of Italian film and to transpose it into a western setting. The production and development of A Fistful of Dollars from anecdotes was described by Italian film historian Roberto Curti as both contradictory and difficult to decipher. Adriano Bolzoni stated in that he had the idea of making Yojimbo into a Western and brought the idea to Franco Palaggiwho sent Bolzoni to watch the film and take notes on it with Duccio Tessari.
Eastwood was not the first actor approached to play the main character. Next, Leone offered Charles Bronson the part. He, too, declined, arguing that the script was bad. Harrison, however, had not been impressed with his experience on that previous film and refused. The producers later presented a list of available, lesser-known American actors and asked Harrison for advice. Harrison suggested Eastwood, who he knew could play a cowboy convincingly. I decided it was time to be an anti-hero.
Leone did not speak English,  and Eastwood communicated with the Italian cast and crew mostly through actor and stuntman Benito Stefanelliwho also acted as an uncredited interpreter for the production and would later appear in Leone's other pictures. Similar to other Italian films shot at the time, all footage was filmed silent, and the dialogue and sound effects were dubbed over Born Again For The Last Time - Corrosion Of Conformity - Wiseblood post-production.
A Fistful of Dollars became the first film to exhibit Leone's famously distinctive style of visual direction. This was influenced by both John Ford 's cinematic landscaping and the Japanese method of direction perfected by Akira Kurosawa. Leone wanted an operatic feel to his western, and so there are many examples of extreme close-ups on the faces of different characters, functioning like arias in a traditional opera.
The rhythm, emotion, and communication within scenes can be attributed to Endlessly - Doby Dobson* - Endlessly / Your New Love meticulous framing of his close-ups. Leone's close-ups are more akin to portraits, often lit with Renaissance -type lighting effects, and are considered by some as pieces of design in their own right.
Eastwood was instrumental in creating the Man with No Name's distinctive visual style. He bought black jeans from a sport shop on Hollywood Boulevardthe hat came from a Santa Monica wardrobe firm, and the trademark cigars from a Beverly Hills store.
Leone reportedly took to Eastwood's distinctive style quickly and commented that, "More than an actor, I needed a mask, and Eastwood, at that time, only had two expressions: with hat and no hat. Iginio Lardani created the film's title design. The film's music was written by Ennio Morriconecredited as Dan Savio. Although the two themes are similar, Morricone states that he used a lullaby he had composed before and developed the theme from that. He adds that what makes the two themes similar is the execution, not the arrangement.
During a conference with Morricone over the music in the film a recording of Tevis's Pastures of Plenty was played. Sergio Leone said "That's it"  with Tevis claiming the tune and musical arrangements were copied for the music for the opening titles "Titoli". Leone's films were made like that because he wanted the music to be an important part of it, and he often kept the scenes longer simply because he didn't want the music to end. That's why the films are so slow—because of the music.
Though not used in the completed film, Peter Tevis recorded lyrics to Morricone's main theme for the film.
Tracks GDM version . Promoting A Fistful of Dollars was difficult, because La Reazione - Ennio Morricone - A Fistful Of Dollars / Per Un Pugno Di Dollari major distributor wanted to take a chance on a faux-Western and an unknown director. The film ended up being released Chiodo Scaccia Chiodo - Various - Ciao Italia Italy on 12 September which was typically the worst month for sales.
The film was shunned by the Italian critics, who gave it extremely negative reviews. American critics felt quite differently from their Italian counterparts, with Variety praising it as having "a James Bondian vigor and tongue-in-cheek approach that was sure to capture both sophisticates and average cinema patrons". The release of the film was delayed in the United States, because distributors feared being sued by Kurosawa. As a result, it was not shown in American cinemas until January Upon the film's American release inboth Philip French and Bosley Crowther were unimpressed with the film itself.
Critic Philip French of The Observer stated:. If one didn't know the actual provenance of the film, one would guess that it was a private movie made by a group of rich European Western fans at a dude ranch A Fistful of Dollars looks awful, has a flat dead soundtrack, and is totally devoid of human feeling. Bosley Crowther of The New York Times treated the film not as pastiche, but as camp-parody, stating that nearly every Western cliche could be found in this "egregiously synthetic but engrossingly morbid, violent La Reazione - Ennio Morricone - A Fistful Of Dollars / Per Un Pugno Di Dollari.
He went on to patronize Eastwood's performance, stating: "He is simply another fabrication of a personality, half cowboy and half gangster, going through the ritualistic postures and exercises of each He is a morbid, amusing, campy fraud". When the film was released on the televised network ABC on 23 February a four and a half minute prolog was added to the film to contextualize the character and justify the violence.
Close-ups of Eastwood's face from archival footage are inserted into the scene alongside Stanton's performance. The retrospective reception of A Fistful of Dollars has been much more positive, noting it as a hugely influential film in regards to the rejuvenation of the Western genre.
Howard Hughes, in his book Once Upon a Time in the Italian Westreflected by stating: "American and British critics largely chose to ignore Fistful's release, few recognising its satirical humour or groundbreaking style, preferring to trash the shoddy production values The 67th Cannes Film Festivalheld incelebrated the "50th anniversary of the birth of the Spaghetti Western Kurosawa insisted that Leone had made "a fine movie, but it was my movie.
He claims a thematic debt, for both Fistful and Yojimboto Carlo Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters —the basic premise of the protagonist playing two camps against each other.
The Continental Op hero of the novel is, significantly, a man without a name. Leone himself believed that Red Harvest had influenced Yojimbo : "Kurosawa's Yojimbo was inspired by an American novel of the serie-noire so I was really taking the story back home again. Leone also referenced numerous American Westerns in the film, most notably Shane  and My Darling Clementine which differs from Yojimbo.
Inthe film was digitally restored by Cineteca di Bologna and Unidis Jolly Film for its Blu-ray debut and 50th anniversary. Frame-by-frame digital restoration by Prasad Corporation removed dirt, tears, scratches and other defects. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Per un Pugno di Dollari.
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