2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Sergio Leone's "A Fistful of Dollars."
On seeing Akira Kurosawa's
Though not the first Italian western, Leone's approach was truly unique. It became a huge success in Italy and made a movie star of
FOR THE RECORD:
Italian westerns: A June 29 article about the origins of the "spaghetti westerns" of the 1960s said that the original Italian title of the film "A Fistful of Dollars" was "Il Magnifico Strangero." The correct translation is "Il Magnifico Straniero." —
Because of a copyright lawsuit brought by Kurosawa, the film wasn't released in the U.S. until 1967.