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Sergio Leone - L'italiano che inventò l'America

Venice Classics
Francesco Zippel
Leone Film Group (Raffaella Leone, Andrea Leone) Sky Studios (Roberto Pisoni, Dino Vannini, Gaia Pasetto)
Running Time:
English, Italian, French
Main Cast:
Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Jennifer Connelly, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Frank Miller, Darren Aronofsky, Ennio Morricone, Damien Chazelle, Eli Wallach, Arnon Milchan, Jacques Audiard, Tsui Hark, Carlo Verdone, Dario Argento, Giuliano Montaldo, Raffaella Leone, Francesca Leone, Andrea Leone, Gian Luca Farinelli, Sir Christopher Frayling, Noel Simsolo, Enzo Di Liberto, Fausto Ancillai
Carlo Alberto Orecchia, Marco Tomaselli, Luca Ciuti
Michele Castelli, Christian Lombardi
Rodrigo D Erasmo
Marinelli Effetti Sonori
Miniature sets:Simon Weisse Atelier


To mark the recent thirtieth anniversary of Sergio Leone’s death, this documentary sets out to pay tribute to one of the great legends of world cinema. The singular artistic vision of Sergio Leone has transcended national borders, creating the Spaghetti Western genre and transforming the international cinematic panorama forever with his innovative stylistic and narrative solutions, which have now become part of the language of the movies. The film, which is enriched with precious archive footage from the Cineteca di Bologna, including rare audio recordings and film clips shot behind the scenes, sees for the first time the direct participation of the Leone family and has interviews both with Leone’s longtime collaborators and with icons of Hollywood who have been profoundly influenced by his work. This documentary paints an unprecedented picture of a visionary and deeply cultured man who had lived and breathed movies from his birth and whose idea of cinema continues to be central to its enjoyment and to contemporary debate over the medium.

Director’s Statement

Sergio Leone is linked to one of my earliest and most precious memories as a viewer. I was at elementary school and one day my father put the cassette of Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo in the VCR. I was bowled over. That was the day on which cinema changed from being a means of entertainment for a child into a true passion for me. When Raffaella Leone suggested I make a documentary about her father, I had the impression that everything was falling into place. I launched myself into this venture with enthusiasm and respect, receiving the constant support of Raffaella, the whole of the Leone family and the team at Sky Italia and Sky Studios. I wanted to try not only to tell Sergio Leone’s story but also to show that his cinema and his creative genius are still central and indisputable sources of inspiration for the greatest filmmakers of the present day. All the great figures from the cinema who have agreed to take part are the clearest confirmation of this.


PRODUCTION 1: Raffaella Leone, Andrea Leone – Leone Film Group
Via Birmania 74
00144 – Roma, Italia
Tel. +39 06065924548

PRODUCTION 2: Roberto Pisoni, Dino Vannini, Gaia Pasetto – SKY STUDIOS
Via Monte Penice 7
20138 – Milano, Italia
Tel. +39 02308018076

PRESS OFFICE: Gloria Zerbinati
Tel. +33 786800282

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE 1: Valerio Roselli – PRMOVIE / Isabella Ferilli, Fabiana Troiani, Erika Minoia, Fabio Incerti – SKY
Mob. +39 3357081956

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE 2: Isabella Ferilli, Fabiana Troiani – UFFICIO STAMPA SKY
Mob. +39 3467207561 (I. Ferilli)
Mob. +39 3351858947 (F. Troiani)

Erika Minoia, Fabio Incerti – MARKETING & COMUNICAZIONE SKY
Mob. +39 3472533454 (E. Minoia)
Mob. +39 3397628886 (F. Incerti)

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