Cinema Retro's Gareth Owen is in Cannes covering the film festival for us. He advises that initial reports that For a Few Dollars More would be the closing night's film were erroneous. In fact, it will be A Fistful of Dollars, the first of the Sergio Leone/Clint Eastwood "Dollar" trilogy. Gareth advises that the erroneous information had been broadcast by Riviera Radio, which is an official news outlet for the film festival. The station obviously received the news from an equally incorrect official press release.
By Gareth Owen
In a surprising but
welcome announcement the 2014 Cannes Film Festival will close with a screening
of a digitally remastered copy of the 1964 Sergio
Leone classic western, A Fistful of Dollars, starring Clint Eastwood. The festival's closing ceremony takes place a day earlier than
usual on the 24th of May, due to the European elections on the 25th. The
unusual move by organisers, who always choose an upcoming new release to end
the world's most glamorous film gathering, followed news of the other two “Dollar”
films screening on the beach to mark the 50th anniversary of the Eastwood/Leone
Eastwood himself, a veteran of the festival,
will not be in town due to him completing editing of The Jersey Boys film in
LA, however it will be introduced
by none other than Quentin Tarantino in his absence.
The festival opens with the controversial Grace of Monaco and amongst
the many other films, this writer is particularly looking forward to The Go Go
Boys which charts the rise and fall of prolific filmmaking company Cannon.
Golan and Globus will, themselves, introduce the documentary.
For more on A Fistful of Dollars, check out Cinema Retro columnist Darren Allison's Clint Eastwood blog here