When a regiment of Mexican soldiers bearing gold intended to pay for new weapons is waylaid by the Rojo brothers, the stranger inserts himself into the middle of the long-simmering battle, selling false information to both sides for his own benefit. Arrigo Colombo Giorgio Papi. Roberto Cinquini Alfonso Santacana.
A mysterious stranger played by Eastwood drifts into a small Mexican town only to find a virtual war taking place between two powerful families: the Baxters and the Rojos. The opportunistic stranger concocts a plan to make money by working as a hired gun for both families. A Fistful of Dollars was among the first spaghetti westerns to achieve major success.
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A Fistful of Dollars Italian : Per un pugno di dollarilit. Released in Italy in and then in the United States init initiated the popularity of the Spaghetti Western genre. All three films were later released in sequence in the United States incatapulting Eastwood into stardom.
One of the most iconic title sequences ever made, A Fistful of Dollars original Italian title: Per un Pugno di Dollari was the first spaghetti western to gain widespread international recognition. The designer who created one of the most iconic film title title sequences of the 20th Century, and whose bold, graphic, pop art-inspired main titles continue to inspire designers, animators, and filmmakers today see for instance Paul Donnellon 's opening titles for Smokin' Acesremains relatively unknown outside the Italian film industry. Iginio Lardani passed away inbut his son Alberto Lardani told me this anecdote: " Sergio Leone 's reaction when he first saw the title sequence for 'Per un Pugno di Dollari' was of great gratitude.
As one of the first Spaghetti Westerns to be released in the United States, many of the European cast and crew took on American sounding stage names. The Stranger, spying an opportunity to make money from the situation, decides to play both families against each other. His opportunity comes when a detachment of Mexican soldiers escorting a shipment of gold passes through the town.
Catena, G. He accidentally stumbles on rival clans in a remote village and takes pleasure in destroying them both. As well as having stylistic differences from YojimboA Fistful of Dollars places modernity at the center of its text emphasizing economic acquisition and firepower, whether through pistols, Winchesters, gatling-guns, or dynamite. Unlike in Yojimboclassical heroic values are no longer of any use — a point made symbolically when Ramon uses Conquistador armour for target practice.
To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. Gary Cooper's "The Virginian" which is prototypical is flung on the screen with shameless candor in the European-made, English-dubbed, Mexican-localized Western, "A Fistful of Dollars," which opened in some 75 theaters in this area yesterday.