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Sergio Leone

Leone’s career is remarkable in its unrelenting attention to both American culture and the American genre film, exploring the mythic America he created with each successive film examining the established characters in greater depth.

Only his second feature (a remake of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo), Leone's landmark "spaghetti western" caused a revolution and features Clint Eastwood in his breakthrough role as "The Man With No Name". This classic brutal drama of feuding families wasn’t the first spaghetti Western, but it was far and away the most successful up to that time.

Plot is of minimal interest, but character is everything to Leone, who places immense meaning in the slightest flick of an eyelid, extensively using the extreme close-up on the eyes to reveal any feeling, as demonstrated by Clint, who squints his way through this slam-bang sequel to A Fistful of Dollars as a wandering gunslinger that must combine forces with his nemesis to track down a wanted killer.

The final chapter in the groundbreaking trilogy follows Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach as they form an uneasy alliance to find a stash of hidden gold. Leone focuses on his central theme as they find themselves facing greed, treachery, and murder, showing that the desire for wealth and power turns men into ruthless creatures who violate land and family and believe that a man’s death is less important than how he faces it.

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Another ''Last Summer'' is being threatened

By EdwardHavens

July 6th, 2005

Are you one of those doomsayers who proclaims cinema is dead, due to the uninterrupted stream of sequels, prequels, sidequels, continuations and reimaginations that clog theatre screens and video store shelfs year after year? If so, then you'll have more fuel to add to your fire, as Sony Pictures has decided it's time to pull the "I Know What You Did Last Summer" franchise out of mothballs, throw a new adverb into the title and pray there are still people out there who have been waiting for another chapter of the seven-years-dead series.


At least we can be thankful series producer Neal Moritz has blessed this movie with a Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr.-free storyline. Our source tells us this time around, "I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer" will focus on -- see if this sounds familiar -- four teens from a small Colorado town will be victimized by a phantom menace one year after a July Fourth prank gone awry kills one of their buddies. Against the protestation of one of them, the group agree to keep this secret, only to find their friendships torn apart from the strain. The next Independence Day, just before the town's annual carnival, the four receive intimidating communiqués indicating someone is aware of what happened before. The group suspect the cousin of the dead friend, only to discover they are very much on the wrong track. Can the friends survive and figure out the identity of their tormentor before they end up dead themselves?

Filming is set to begin in Utah at the end of August, under the direction of "Three to Tango" director Damon Santostefano, from a script by Michael Weiss, whose credits include such cinematic treats as "Crocodile," "Octopus" and "Octopus 2: River of Fear" and the upcoming "Butterfly Effect 2." A theatrical release through Sony's Screen Gems division is expected in the fall of 2006.