Robert Bresson and Sergio Leone in Venice, 1972.

Robert Bresson and Sergio Leone in Venice, 1972.




"I made 58 films as an assistant—I was at the side of directors who applied all the rules: make it, for example, a close-up to show that the character is about to say something important. I reacted against all that and so close-ups in my films are always the expression of an emotion … so they call me a perfectionist and a formalist because I watch my framing. But I’m not doing it to make it pretty, I’m seeking, first and foremost, the relevant emotion."
Sergio LeoneJanuary 3, 1929 – April 30, 1989

"I made 58 films as an assistant—I was at the side of directors who applied all the rules: make it, for example, a close-up to show that the character is about to say something important. I reacted against all that and so close-ups in my films are always the expression of an emotion … so they call me a perfectionist and a formalist because I watch my framing. But I’m not doing it to make it pretty, I’m seeking, first and foremost, the relevant emotion."

Sergio Leone
January 3, 1929 – April 30, 1989

Sergio LeoneFilmIcons

Italian posters for Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West.

Luchino Visconti, Dirk Bogarde, Sergio Leone, and Michèle Morgan at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.

Luchino Visconti, Dirk Bogarde, Sergio Leone, and Michèle Morgan at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.

Sergio Leone and the cast of Once Upon a Time in America at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

Sergio Leone and the cast of Once Upon a Time in America at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

Sergio Leone on the set of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Sergio Leone on the set of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

German poster for A Fistful of Dollars. Designed by Hans Hillmann.

German poster for A Fistful of Dollars. Designed by Hans Hillmann.

Sergio Leone filming Once Upon a Time in the West.

Sergio Leone filming Once Upon a Time in the West.

Henry Fonda and Sergio Leone on the set of Once Upon a Time in the West

Henry Fonda and Sergio Leone on the set of Once Upon a Time in the West