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Il mio nome è Nessuno (My Name Is Nobody). Click image to enlarge
Il mio nome è Nessuno  45 rpm recording cover. Courtesy of the Frayling Archive. 

(My Name Is Nobody)

Directed by Tonino Valerii and produced by Sergio Leone, 1973
Story by: Fulvio Morsella, Ernesto Gastaldi, from an idea by Sergio Leone
Script by: Ernesto Gastaldi

At the end of the 19th century, veteran American gunfighter Jack Beauregard plans to retire to Europe, but an energetic drifter with a gun - called Nobody - will not let them. Nobody hero-worships Beauregard and works hard to set up a historic confirmation between him and the notorious Wild Bunch. Following this, it will be Nobody's turn to become famous - to become Somebody - while the gunfighter can at last retire. My Name is Nobody is, at heart, about the relationship between the American and the Italian Western.


Sergio Leone
The Films of Sergio Leone
Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars). Click image to enlarge.
Per un pugno di dollari
(A Fistful of Dollars)

Directed by Sergio Leone, 1964
Story by Sergio Leone after Akira Kurosawa; uncredited.
Script by: No credit given in the film Duccio Tessari, Victor A. Catena, Fernando Di Leo, Sergio Leone and others, from the screenplay Yojimbo by Ryuzo Kikushima and Akira Kurosawa; no credit given in film

A stranger in a poncho rides into the small town of San Miguel, just south of the American-Mexican border. He soon learns that the town is being run by two rival gangs - the American Baxters and the Mexican Rojos. Selling his skills first to one gang, then to the other, he manages to profit from both, eventually riding out of San Miguel with much more than a fistful of dollars - as a new kind of Western hero.
Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars), directed by Bob Robertson (Sergio Leone), 1964. Italian, 55 x 39 in. Designed by Sandro Simeoni. The Frayling Archive SL001. Click poster image to enlarge.

Per qualche dollaro in più (For a Few Dollars More). Click image to enlarge.
Per qualche dollaro in più (For a Few Dollars More), 1965. Italian, 19 x 27 in., fotobusta. The Frayling Archive RSL929 Click image to enlarge.
Per qualche dollaro in più
(For a Few Dollars More)

Directed by Sergio Leone, 1965
Story by: Sergio Leone, Fulvio Morsella
Script by: Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone

Two American bounty hunters are working around the Mexican border, after the Civil War. They form an uneasy partnership to capture - dead or alive - the psychopathic bandit El Indio, plus his gang, and claim the substantial reward. The older bounty hunter is out for revenge; the younger one just wants the dollars. Following the final duel, El Indio is killed and each of the hunters gets what he wants.
Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)
Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), 1966. Italian, 78 x 55 in., first Italian edition for the year 1966. The Frayling Archive SL109. Click image to enlarge.
Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo
(The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)

Directed by Sergio Leone, 1966
Story by: Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone
Script by: Age and Scarpelli (Agenore Incrocci and Furio Scarpelli), Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone and (uncredited) Sergio Donati

It is 1861-2 during the Civil War, and the three main characters - a "good" bounty hunter, a "bad" hired gunman and an "ugly" Mexican outlaw - organize various scams, while trying to avoid the wartime destruction that is happening all around them. They eventually meet in a huge cemetery, where $200,000 in Confederate army gold has been buried. The "good" rides away with half the loot, the "bad" is killed, while the "ugly" ends up with a rope around his neck and the other half of the loot. The labels good, bad,and ugly have, throughout the story, been questioned. The good guy can do bad things; the bad guy can do good things; the ugly guy's personality is the most attractive in the film.
C' era una volta il West (Once Upon a Time in the West). Click image to enlarge.
C' era una volta il West
(Once Upon a Time in the West)

Directed by Sergio Leone, 1968
Story by: Dario Argento, Bernardo Bertulucci, Sergio Leone
Script by: Sergio Donati, Sergio Leone

Once Upon a Time in the West, the fairytale of the Hollywood Western - represented by its best-known character types and story motifs - collides with the historical reality of the railroad boom. As the railroad relentlessly pushes its way across the desert, the main characters cross each other's paths, settle old scores, meet their destinies, and in the end lay the foundations of modern America ("Once upon a time there was a West"). In the process, they leave the traditional Western stories behind ("Once upon a time there was a Western").
Once Upon a Time in the West (C¹era una volta il West), 1968. Australian 30 x 13 in. The Frayling Archive RSL137. Click image to enlarge.
Giù la testa (Duck, You Sucker). Click image to enlarge.
Giù la testa (Duck, You Sucker), 45 rpm recording cover. Courtesy of the Frayling Archive. Click image to enlarge.
Giù la testa
(Duck, You Sucker)

Directed by Sergio Leone, 1971
Story by: Sergio Leone, Sergio Donati
Script by: Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone, Sergio Donati

In 1913, during the Mexican Revolution, a peasant bandit called Juan teams up with a cynical Irish revolutionary called Sean. Against a backdrop of historical transition - from horses to motorcycles, Winchesters to machine guns, stagecoaches to armored cars - Sean is determined to turn Juan into a "great, glorious hero of the revolution." Juan is not so sure. The cat-and-mouse relationship between the two men leads to revolutionary success . . . and personal tragedy. The message is "keep your head down."


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