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Quentin Tarantino to Close Cannes with 50th Anniversary Screening of Leone's 'Fistful of Dollars'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 13, 2014 at 11:28AM

The mystery of the Closing Night at Cannes has been solved, and it's a very cool, unusual choice. Quentin Tarantino will be hosting a celebration of the life and work of director Sergio Leone with a 50th anniversary screening of 1964's "A Fistful of Dollars."
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Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino

The mystery of the Closing Night at Cannes has been solved, and it's a very cool, unusual choice. Quentin Tarantino will be hosting a celebration of the life and work of director Sergio Leone with a 50th anniversary screening of 1964's "A Fistful of Dollars."

The screening is set to take place on May 24, after the festival's prizes have been handed out. Tarantino, who may be Leone's number one fan, has always been open about the debt his own filmmaking owes to the Spaghetti Western auteur.

Those sticking around for the final night of Cannes will be treated to a 4K restoration of the film, which cinematographer Ennio Guarneri oversaw. Watch the original trailer for "A Fistful of Dollars," starring Clint Eastwood and Gian Maria Volonte, below:

This article is related to: Festivals, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, Quentin Tarantino, Quentin Tarantino, Quentin Tarantino, Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.