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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Sergio Leone's Directorial Debut 'The Colossus of Rhodes'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood December 2, 2013 at 2:15PM

Sergio Leone Week! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing 1961's "The Colossus of Rhodes."
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"The Colossus of Rhodes"
"The Colossus of Rhodes"

Sergio Leone Week! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing 1961's "The Colossus of Rhodes." 

Seven years before conducting a master class on the art of widescreen composition in ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, Sergio Leone made his credited directorial debut (he had previously stepped in to finish most of THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII when the original director fell ill) with this equally epic sword and sandal film starring American cowboy actor Rory Calhoun. Leone’s dynamic framing of the towering statue at the center of the film combined with the frenetic action scenes set on top of it made sure the Saturday matinee crowd stayed glued to their seats for the film’s excessive 128 min. running time (an uncut German dvd is available with an extra 15 minutes of mayhem and political intrigue).

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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.