Sergio Leone

(Rome, 3 April 1929 – 30 April 1989)



Son of Roberto Roberti (stage name Marie Lamb) a filmmaker and actor originally from Torella dei Lombardi (province of Avellino), considered one of the pioneers of Italian silent cinema, and Bice Waleran (stage name Edvige Valcarenghi), a Roman actress, born from milanese family of remote origins. Sergio Leone film began working in the environment already at the age of eighteen. He had a small part as an extra in Ladri di biciclette Vittorio De Sica (is one of German priests surprised by rain). Subsequently, lion will begin to take an interest like puplum, based on heroic deeds and epic of Roman soldiers and Greek is both emperors. The first significant work saw him as the second unit Director or Manager assistance (uncredited) in some major Hollywood production filmed Cinecittà studios in Rome, during the so-called Hollywood on the Tiber: those include Quo Vadis by Mervyn Le Roy and especially the colossal Ben-HurHe had a chance to make his debut as a Director with the Colossus of Rhodes. Sergio Leone was one of the early pioneers of western, giving rise to a new film genre. Sergio Leone was accused of plagiarism by Akira Kurosawa film Yojimbo, Kurosawa won the case and obtaining exclusive distribution rights of compensation for a pungo dollars in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. All the film soundtracks of lion was maintained by Ennio Morricone, in 1967 Leo travels the western: there was a time in the west, movie shot in Monument Valley, in Italy and in Spain, the film was like a long, violent and almost dreamlike meditation upon the mythology of the West. The subject also collaborated on two great directors, Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento;the latter at the time, it was still completely unknown. The screenplay was written by Sergio Donati, along with Sergio Leone. Before the theatrical release, however, the film was retouched and amended by the managers of the firm; in fact it is more shortened by about 165 minutes. The film was rediscovered and appreciated until years later, with the Director's cut that lasts approximately 175 minutes. Today the film is considered, along with the good, the bad and the uglyand once upon a time in America, among the best of the Director, and is one of the cornerstones of the western genre. In 1971 Lion walked Down his head, a film on a midrange budget starring James Coburn and Rod Steiger, in the film Lion manifests the reflections on humanity and politics, in the same period he collaborated with Damiano Damiani in the movie A genius, two partners and a dupeLater his production company Rafran produced the cat by Luigi Comencini and Giuliano Montaldo Toy . Sergio Leone after refusing to direct the Godfather, he produced the film by Carlo Verdone: Un Sacco Bello, and Bianco, rosso e verdoneThe Director was a close friend of Charles's father: Mario Verdone, critic and as a father Lion helped Carlo in achieving its two movies. From the second half of the sixties to the eighties Sergio Leone worked for about ten years in his own project epic, this time focused on the friendship between two Jewish gangsters in New York; Once upon a time in America.

The replacement of the work caused a flop in the US market. In 1986 Sergio Leone finds herself a new working with friend Carlo Verdone, this in the making of the film too strong with Valenzuela, Mario Brega and Alberto Sordi. Lion wrote the subject and the screenplay with Valenzuela and Rodolfo Sonego. When he died on 20 April 1989 of a heart attack, the Director was working on a project that was supposed to cover the siege of Leningrad during World War II. The movie was supposed to narrate the dramatic war in Russia, a love story between an American journalist and a Russian girl, a message of peace between the two superpowers. Quentin Tarantin's has established the first modern filmmaker Sergio Leone posts – which influenced many directors.



Filmography – Director



1961/ the Colossus of Rhodes


1964/ a fistful of dollars


1965/ for a few dollars more


1966/ The good, the bad and the ugly


1968/ there was a time in the West


1971/ your head down


1984/ once upon a time in America


Assistant Director


1946/ Rigoletto


1948/ bicycle thief


1948/ the legend of Faust


1949/ Fabiola


1949/ Il trovatore


1949/ La forza del destino


1950/ Taxi di notte, directed by Carmine Gallone


1950/ voting


1950/ Il brigante Musolino


1952/ I tre corsari


1952/ Jolanda la figlia del corsaro nero


1952/ the madman Marechiaro, by Roberto Roberti


1953/ L'UOMO, la bestia e la virtù


1953/ La tratta delle bianche


1953/ Phryne, courtesan of the East


1954/ Betrayed, directed by Mario Bonnard


1954/ that's life


1955/ thief


1956/ allows me, Dad!


1957/ the master


1958/ Aphrodite, Goddess of love, directed by Mario Bonnard


1959/ the law blames me


1959/ son of the Red course


1962/ Sadoma and Gomorrah


The second unit Director


1951/ Quo vadis


1956/ Helen of Troy


1959/ Ben-Hur


1962/ Sodom and Gomorrah





1958/ Aphrodite, Goddess of loveand, directed by Mario Bonnard


1959/ Nel segno di Roma


1959/ the last days of Pompeii


1961/ the seven challenges, directed by Primo Zeglio


1961/ the Colossus of Rhodes


1961/ Romulus and Remus


1963/ the green flags of Allah, directed by Giacomo and Guido Zurli


1964/ a fistful of dollars


1965/ for a few dollars more


1966/ the good, the bad and the ugly


1968/ there was a time in the west


1971/ your head down


1984/ once upon a time in America


1986/ too strong




1941/ La bocca sulla strada, by Roberto Roberti


1948/ bicycle thief, directed by Vittorio de Sica


1951/ Milan Billionaire, directed by Marcello Marchesi and Vittorio Metz


1952/ The throngs of Marechiaro, by Roberto Roberti


1954/ Hanno rubato un tram, directed by Aldo Fabrizi


1965/ for a few dollars more, directed by Sergio Leone



Executive producer


1973/ my name and none of Tonino Valeri


1975/ Un genio, due compari, un pollo, Damiano Damiani


1977/ the cat, by Luigi Comencini


1979/ Il giocattolo, Giuliano Montaldo


1986/ too strong, by Carlo Verdone