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Sergio Leone

Something to Do with Death

2012
Author:

Christopher Frayling

Sergio Leone

The landmark biography of one of the twentieth century’s most recognizable directors—now back in print

Groundbreaking westerns such as his Dollars trilogy and the authoritative Once upon a Time in the West have made Sergio Leone one of the most popular and influential directors in world cinema. The definitive study of this master filmmaker, Christopher Frayling’s remarkable biography—the first ever—affectionately explores Leone’s body of work and casts light on little-known details of his life.

Comprehensive in scope, epic in achievement, Sergio Leone: Something to Do with Death is likely to be the definitive work on Leone.

Times Higher Education Supplement

Sergio Leone is a singular figure among Italian filmmakers of the postwar years; his films grow in reputation year after year. Groundbreaking westerns such as his Dollars trilogy and the authoritative Once upon a Time in the West have made Leone one of the most popular and influential directors in world cinema. Christopher Frayling’s remarkable biography of Leone—the first ever—affectionately explores his body of work and casts light on little-known details of his life. A wealth of research, story, and insight, Sergio Leone: Something to Do with Death stands as the definitive study of this master filmmaker, crafted by one of our most acclaimed critics and historians.

Sergio Leone

Sir Christopher Frayling is a historian, critic, and award-winning broadcaster. He was chairman of Arts Council England from 2003 until 2010. He was knighted in 2001.

Sergio Leone

Comprehensive in scope, epic in achievement, Sergio Leone: Something to Do with Death is likely to be the definitive work on Leone.

Times Higher Education Supplement

Anyone who cares for these violent and poetic films will want to take a look at Frayling’s painstaking biography.

Michael Dirda, Washington Post

Comprehensive and scrupulously prepared.

Publishers Weekly

Frayling is a perceptive, witty writer . . . [who] depicts the zany, underconsidered Italian cinematic watershed with haunting clarity.

Kirkus

Frayling's Sergio Leone...is everything a bio should be.

Milwaukee Shepherd Express

Thick enough to stop a bullet, Christopher Frayling’s massive biography of Sergio Leone remains as epic and entertaining as any of its subject’s films.

PopMatters

Sergio Leone: Something To Do With Death is not only a thorough and exhaustive examination of Leone and the ‘Spaghetti Western’ but also a mediation on the myth of America and its frontier as a whole.

Screening the Past

Sergio Leone

List of Illustrations
Author's Note to 2012 Edition
Preface

1. Once Upon a Time in Rome
2. Bob, Son of Robert
3. Hollywood on the Tiber
4. Economic Miracles
5. Fistful of Dollars
6. For a Few Dollars More
7. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
8. Once Upon a Time in the West
9. Keep Your Head Down
10. Entr'acte
11. Once Upon a Time in America
12. A Certain Cinema

Notes
Bibliography
Filmography
Index