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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Sergio Leone’s Directorial Debut ‘The Colossus of Rhodes’

Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Sergio Leone's Directorial Debut 'The Colossus of Rhodes'

Sergio Leone Week! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing 1961’s “The Colossus of Rhodes.” 

Seven years before conducting a master class on the art of
widescreen composition in ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, Sergio Leone made his
credited directorial debut (he had previously stepped in to finish most of THE
LAST DAYS OF POMPEII when the original director fell ill) with this equally
epic sword and sandal film starring American cowboy actor Rory Calhoun. Leone’s
dynamic framing of the towering statue at the center of the film combined with
the frenetic action scenes set on top of it made sure the Saturday matinee
crowd stayed glued to their seats for the film’s excessive 128 min. running
time (an uncut German dvd is available with an extra 15 minutes of mayhem and
political intrigue).

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