Sergio Leone

1929 (Rome) – 1989 (Rome)

Leone revitalised the genre of the western, sweeping away older conventions and deepening its moral complexity. As a young man he assisted de Sica, Donati and visiting American directors including Walsh (who told him the western was finished) and Wyler. Morricone, a crucial collaborator, had been a schoolfriend; Bertolucci and Donati also worked with him. Leone asked Mailer to help with a script before realising it was not his forte, and was warned by Welles against making one of his most memorable films. Scorsese, a great admirer, got his Sicilian mother to cook for him in her Lower East Side apartment.

Sergio Leone knew…

  • Mario Soldati
  • Orson Welles
  • Norman Mailer
  • Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Paul Schrader
  • Federico Fellini
  • Ennio Morricone
  • Vittorio de Sica
  • Sergio Donati
  • Sam Peckinpah
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Costa-Gavras
  • Raoul Walsh
  • William Wyler