Classic film returns to the big screen

Clint Eastwood in fine form.

The classic spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars will be the feature film for the Kowhai Festival Movie Night.

The film will be projected on to the biggest screen in New Zealand at Shoesmith Domain, Warkworth, on Friday, October 26, at 8pm.

The screen is 18 metres wide and 11 metres high.

The movie, released in 1964, fits the festival’s Wild West theme and stars Clint Eastwood in his first leading role.

The film popularised the spaghetti western genre and was followed by For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, catapulting Eastwood into stardom.

Movie night organiser Urs Bauer says A Fistful of Dollars was the first to exhibit Sergio Leone’s distinctive style of direction. Leone wanted an operatic feel to his western. There are many examples of extreme close-ups on the faces of different characters, functioning like arias in a traditional opera.

“It’s certainly a treat to watch it on the big outdoor screen, as it hasn’t been shown in cinemas for a very long time,” he says.

Kowhai Festival Movie Night is sponsored by Barfoot & Thompson, Warkworth, and the Rodney Local Board.


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