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Sergio Leone: Cinema as Political Fable

Christian Uva


Spectacle, myth, fable. These are the main categories that have traditionally defined Sergio Leone’s cinematic production, but it is necessary to underline how much they are fueled by a profound, layered political interest. Leone’s cinema bears witness to a critical outlook both on the subjects it showcases and on its representational means. Far from any militancy and escaping ideological classifications, Leone’s perspective is problematic and unreconciled: it is grounded in the coexistence of different elements in a state of perennial productive tension and instability. The adjective “politic ... More

Keywords: Sergio Leone, sword-and-sandal, Spaghetti Western, political cinema, history, myth, fable, spectacle, symbol, national identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190942687
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190942687.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Uva, author
Professor of Film, University of Rome

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