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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
New 4K Restoration of Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western Classic of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS gets a week long run at the Metrograph
“A Fistful of Dollars has a cult, comic-book intensity. It is the punk rock of westerns."
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Beginning Friday May 25, Metrograph will present a one-week revival run of Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, in a new 4K restoration. With this blackly comic, cynical, dust-choked movie, Leone revolutionized the quintessentially American western genre from his native Italy, established “Man with No Name” star Clint Eastwood as a taciturn, sculptural screen icon, and launched a thousand knockoff spaghetti westerns. Inspired by Dashiell Hammett’s hard-boiled novel Red Harvest, Leone’s pitiless, operatic work has Eastwood arriving in the crime-ridden ‘burg of San Miguel, where he sets out to get rich setting two feuding gangs at each other’s throats. A work of bleak, brutal beauty, and a stern reminder to never, ever, under any circumstances, talk shit about Clint Eastwood’s mule.
Restoration carried out by Cineteca di Bologna and Unidis Jolly Film at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with MGM. Restoration funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.