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General Information => General Discussion => Topic started by: Rinaldo on August 05, 2004, 05:21:16 PM

Title: Reading Leone?
Post by: Rinaldo on August 05, 2004, 05:21:16 PM
Can any of you very smart people recommend a good book about Leone and his films? The Frayling book, Something to do with Death, seems to be well-received. Any thoughts?

On a different note...Does anyone know of Leone scripts in print? Either in Italian or English.


Title: Re:Reading Leone?
Post by: grandpa_chum on August 07, 2004, 11:34:12 AM
fraylings book, period... i don't even read that often and i've read the 500+ page book twice now... it's a great read! It'll add something to each new viewing of leones movies
Title: Re:Reading Leone?
Post by: Rinaldo on August 07, 2004, 12:19:50 PM
Thanks, I'll get hold of the Frayling book.

Title: Re:Reading Leone?
Post by: DJIMBO on August 07, 2004, 01:57:14 PM
fraylings book is fantastically informative but maybe a bit too sycophantic - want to get hold of maybe a couple of others but there isnt really alot on spaghettis as far as i know. but something to do with death is definitely worth it
Title: Re:Reading Leone?
Post by: Leonardo on August 08, 2004, 10:43:13 AM
I've got a book in italian called "L'antiwestern e il caso Leone" by Franco Ferrini. I bought it in the early seventies. It has the full script, scene by scene, of DYS, plus the script of the cut sequences in OUTIW.
By the way, the ending of DYS was WITHOUT flash-back.
Back in the mid-seventies, I wrote a letter to Leone's production company RAFRAN in Rome, pretending to write a book and asking for the scripts of his movies. I did get a reply, but I was told that scripts are propriety of the director and cannot be given to anyone unless specifically authorized  the director.
To the best of my knowledge, the book by Ferrini is the only one with a Leone script.
Trivia: what does RAFRAN stand for?
Answer: initials of Leone's children Raffaella, Francesca and Andrea.

Title: Re:Reading Leone?
Post by: Bill Carson on August 10, 2004, 01:56:14 PM
  8) saludos Rinaldo. books? okey-dokey, check these out my friend. COWBOYS & EUROPEANS - FROM KARL MAY TO SERGIO LEONE and of course SOMETHING TO DO WITH DEATH, both by Christopher Frayling. both very good.