Sergio Leone, Inspirations


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For the writing of “Once Upon a Time in the West”, Sergio Leone desired to work with young cinephiles. He picked the directors-to-be Dario Argento and Bernardo Bertolucci. Their passionate knowledge of the great American westerns prompted them to sprinkle the script with quotations. A selection.

The references for this video come from a text by Christopher Frayling, Sergio Leone’s biographer. (