Saturday, April 19, 2008


How are your frequent flyer miles stacking up? Because you might need them. Anne Thompson reports that Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) will be hitting the road to Southern Spain, where the movies were shot in the early ‘60s, courtesy of the Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow Tour. Imagine seeing The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and then hopping a bus to the graveyard where Tuco and Angel Eyes meet their respective fates. I don’t know if you could actually do this—the graveyard was most likely created by the film’s production designer—but it sure puts a smile on my face to think that you could! And the good folks at Tuco Tours make it their business to know—they give extensive tours of many of the locations seen in the Leone masterpieces!

The screenings take place June 6-8 in Almeria, Spain, so book your flight now.

Here's the trailer for A Fistful of Dollars, just because...

And in case you can’t make the transcontinental hop, here’s good news for Los Angeles viewers: among the Nuart’s wonderful summer schedule of revival films (check out the keen new format for their calendar), which includes Cabaret, Rear Window, Jaws, the re-release of Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt and a brand-new 35mm print of Planet of the Apes, the theater is staging a festival to commemorate the 90th anniversary of United Artists coming May 2-8. Here’s the schedule:

Friday, May 2: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Saturday, May 3: The Great Escape
Sunday, May 4: West Side Story
Monday, May 5: Double Feature! The Apartment and Annie Hall
Tuesday, May 6: Double Feature! Dr. No and The Thomas Crown Affair
Wednesday, May 7: Double Feature! Midnight Cowboy and Women in Love
Thursday, May 8: Double Feature! Some Like It Hot and The Pink Panther

(Check the calendar for specific show times.)

Whew. Gotta go get a cold towel. Thanks, Anne, for the Leone tip!

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