Sergio Leone

Sergio Leone made movies, most significantly Western movies. Not many filmmakers ever became so iconic yet so unique.

Most of modern culture can't see Cowboys as anything but homosexual, and some can't see dudes in long coats like that without thinking about not wearing clothes underneath. For this reason lots of Sergio Leone fans don't think very much of this modern culture.

Just The Facts

  1. Sergio Leone was an Italian filmmaker who made 6 movies about America. He started learning to speak English after his 5th.
  2. Leone eventually developed a unique style that influenced the crap out of anyone who wants their movies to be awesome.
  3. If you don't know what his style is like, you can still recognize it easily because it's been homaged and parodied endlessly.

"The Dollars Trilogy"

Sergio Leone's work in film wasn't very important before the Dollars Trilogy, but after the first one he was officially "On The Map". Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More ('65), and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly ('66). These became the most iconic and awesome Western movies ever made by Italians. They started a movement known as "The Spaghetti Western", a bunch of Western movies made in Italy. (yes, that is what Quentin Tarantino is always going off about). Leone was a pretty awesome director throughout these movies, but the real magic, what really made them as big a deal as they became, was his two pals Ennio Morricone and Clint Eastwood. The Former is a composer with an impossibly broad, impossibly prolific, impossibly genius and impossibly awesome body of work, but the only stuff of his you've ever heard is "that cowboy thing" (which was made for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) and the stuff that Quentin Tarantino recycles into his movies instead of getting his own composer. The Latter is Clint Fucking Eastwood.

You might notice a pattern here in the titles of the first two movies, also happens to be what the trilogy is referred to. Keep in mind that this guy doesn't really know much about America besides what he gets from watching movies, so for all we know he thought that "Dollars" is the American word for "Bullets," "Condoms," or "Blowjobs."

Fistful of Condoms, For a Few Blowjobs More. We're not cheap and shameless enough to use The Good, The Bad, and the Naughty as a porn-western joke.

"Once Upon a Time" Trilogy

After Sergio was done being an adolescent action junkie, he developed a unique and poetic voice, and a serious fascination with rape. Once Upon a Time in The West (1968), Duck, You Sucker! ('71), and Once Upon a Time in America ('84). If you noticed that stupid title in between those awesome titles (and yes, they are what Rodriguez, Tarantino, and Hark Tsui were referencing), We're going to tell you the story behind it. Basically, he wanted to call it "Once Upon a Time in the Revolution" but producers didn't like that, so he tried "Fistful of Dynamite" and they didn't like that either, so they went with this piece of dialogue that James Coburn says a few times in the film. I bet you thought there'd be a joke about movie producers being ignorant dicks, didn't you.

Anyway, back to the rape; it starts back in the second dollars movie, but that was just a minor plot device. we let those slide when we're deciding wether a storyteller has a rape fetish. In Once Upon a Time in The West there are multiple instances of implied rape, almost-rape, and "is it still rape if Henry Fonda's eyes are so beautiful blue and halfway through she begins to enjoy it?". This, even, wouldn't make us think that this director has a thing for rape, its his final picture that does it. Once Upon a Time in America is a 643 minute beautiful crime drama that follows Robert DeNiro and his friends through 70 years of their lives in the New York Jewish Crime scene. in these 70 years of Robert DeNiro's life there are about that many times where he rapes somebody, witnesses a rape, is an accomplice to a rape, or attempts rape. The running length could be cut in half if it was edited more like "there's the rape, we get the point, moving on" but not Leone, he'll take 20 minutes for some graphic scene that could easily be accomplished in 20 seconds. And this happens like that more than several times throughout the film! Its the greatest movie ever made, you're definitely going to want to check it out.