This year marks the 50th anniversary of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful Of Dollars, the spaghetti western (a term he disliked) that put both the Italian director and his American leading man Clint Eastwood firmly in the cinematic firmament. And now that Cineteca Di Bologna has begun restoring the “Dollars” trilogy (A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly) previously unseen outtakes have emerged from their archives.
A Fistful of Dollars is essentially a remake of the Akira Kurosawa wandering Ronin film Yojimbo, transplanted to the American west. A taciturn stranger arrives in the Mexican border town of San Miguel where he senses the feud between the local sheriff John Baxter and his gang, and Mexican criminals the Rojo brothers, can be played out to his advantage, so setting himself up as a gun for hire.
The film’s working title was Ray El Magnifico, as seen on the clapperboard here.
The Spaghetti Western Database gives a textual run down of what is going on, and who is who. Look out for Leone in the outtakes below getting kicked into a river and having his poncho stolen (the originally mooted beginning) then wearing a poncho and white hat in the background, looking, as Eastwood recalled, “like Yosemite Sam.”
Originally posted 2014-08-11 17:08:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter