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brilliant but missing the essential ingredient
on 21 February 2009
This book is an excellent introduction to the Sergio Leone westerns of the 1960s, however, I felt it could have included a little bit more relating to Once Upon A Time In America. If this had been included it would have been a near perfect introduction to one of the most influential cinematographers ever. As it is, however, I feel the emission of Once Upon A Time In America is a fatal flaw considering the very few films the great Leone helped create (unless you count those which are impossible to associate with him without an almost autistic knowledge of films such as his work as director as second unit). Once Upon A Time In America is however not a spaghetti western but a tale of jewish gangster in New York and so its near complete emission could be accepted on those grounds. The 10+ years it took to make this film must have had an effect on his final productions such as "A Fistful Of Dynamite". and so can this be truly overlooked?
If you buy the book you'll find out, but it's worth it just for the pictures anyway.