Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Spaghetti Western classics featured at the 2nd Moviemov: Italian Film Festival (December 5-9, 2012)

Spaghetti western cult classics such as A Fistful of DollarsFor a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly that launched the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood form part of the retrospective of films by Italian director Sergio Leone featured in the 2nd Edition of Moviemov:  Italian Cinema Now slated at Greenbelt 3 cinemas from December 5 to 9, 2012. 

A Fistful of Dollars

A Fistful of Dollars Trailer #1

A Fistful of Dollars Trailer #2

For a Few Dollars More 

For a Few Dollars More Trailer

The main movie line-up (7 Italian films released in 2012 & 5 selected Filipino films)  is at 

The spaghetti western, according to,  was born in the first half of the sixties and lasted until the second half of the seventies. It got its name from the fact that most of them were directed and produced by Italians, often in collaboration with other European countries, especially Spain and Germany. The name ‘spaghetti western’ originally was a depreciative term, given by foreign critics to these films because they thought they were inferior to American westerns. 

Most of the films were made with low budgets, but several still managed to be innovative and artistic, although at the time they didn’t get much recognition, even in Europe. It was Sergio Leone who defined the look and attitude of the genre with his first western and the two that soon were to follow:  For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).   Together these films are called ‘The Dollars Trilogy.’ Leone’s West was a dusty wasteland of whitewashed villages, howling winds, scraggy dogs and cynical heroes, as unshaven as the villains.

Sergio Leone

In addition to the Dollars Trilogy, Sergio Leone Retrospective also featured:

The Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes Trailer

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Trailer

Once Upon a Time in The West

Once Upon a Time in The West Trailer

Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America Trailer

A Fistful of Dynamite

A Fistful of Dynamite Trailer 

Moviemov is a travelling festival that promotes modern Italian movies among Asian audiences, particularly in the Philippines, Thailand and India.  This year, Moviemov went to Rome where it showcased Asian cinema. 

The film event is supported by the General Direction for Cinema of the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Culture and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, organized by the Embassy of Italy, Playtown, the Philippine-Italian Association, Rustan's, The Peninsula Manila and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

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