6 Things Sergio Leone Told About People He Worked With

1. About Ennio Morricone

During his schooldays, Leone was a classmate of his later musical collaborator Ennio Morricone for a time. In 1964 Sergio Leone hired Morricone, and together they created a distinctive score to accompany Leone's different version of the Western, A Fistful of Dollars. Morricone worked closely with Leone in devising the themes. Leone had a personal way of shooting scenes with Morricone's music ongoing.
"I've always felt that music is more expressive than dialogue. I've always said that my best dialogue and screenwriter is Ennio Morricone. Because, many times, it is more important a note or an orchestration than a line said."

2. About Claudia Cardinale

Claudia Cardinale is an Italian film actress who appeared in some of the most acclaimed European films of the 1960s and 1970s.
She appeared in many Hollywood movies among which the epic Western Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) by Leone. This movie was a joint US-Italian production, in which she was praised for her role as a former prostitute opposite Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, and Henry Fonda.
"You see in Once Upon a Time in the West the whole film moves around Claudia Cardinale. If you take her out, there's no more film. She's the central motor of the entire happening."

3. About Clint Eastwood

Clint rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in  Leone's Dollars trilogy of spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s. He is easily recognizable due to his iconic brown hat, green poncho, tancowboy boots, fondness for cigarillos and the fact that he rarely talks.
"As an actor, he has two expressions: with and without the hat."

4. About Henry Fonda

Henry Jaynes Fonda was an American film and stage actor with a career spanning more than five decades.
In the movie Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), he initially turned down the role; later he was convinced  to accept it by actor Eli Wallach and Leone, who flew from Italy to the United States to persuade him to take the part.
"I have never known an actor with such craft, with such professional seriousness; such a pleasant man, full of humor, so reserved and so keenly quick-witted."

5. About Lee Van Cliff

Lee Van Cleef was an American actor whose sinister features overshadowed his acting skills and typecast him as a minor villain for a decade before he achieved stardom in Spaghetti Westerns such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
"His glance makes holes in the screen."

6. About Robert De Niro

One of the best Hollywood actor meets one of the greates film director in the last film of Leone's career:Once upon a time in America.
"Robert De Niro throws himself into this or that role, putting on a personality the way someone else might put on his coat, naturally and with elegance."

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