Once Upon a Time Sergio Leone is the title of a big exhibition to be held from October 10 to January 27, 2019, and promoted by the Cinémathèque Française in Paris and curated by the Cineteca di Bologna. The two institutions announced the initiative during the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival, just before the screening of Once Upon a Time in the West, celebrating its 50th anniversary. Sergio Leone (Rome, 1929-1989) was an actor, scriptwriter, producer, and director of 7 films between 1961 and 1984.

The exhibition will be at the core of the homage that the Cinémathèque Française is paying to the late director, besides a retrospective of his films and a volume, curated by Christopher Frayling and Gian Luca Farinelli, entitled “The Revolution Sergio Leone.” As Farinelli underlines: “While thinking about its apprenticeship, Leone once said: ‘I’ve learnt more from De Sica in just a few weeks of work, then in all the following years when I was paid to be an assistant to the great American directors’.”