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Day of Anger 2

In collaboration with the 7th Holmfirth Film Festival, Lee Broughton programmed and introduced a screening of Tonino Valerii’s cult Spaghetti Western Day of Anger (I giorni dell’ira, Italy/West Germany, 1967). Lee introduced the screening with a public paper titled ‘The fall and rise of Lee Van Cleef’. The paper charted Van Cleef’s career as a popular bit-part actor in Hollywood Westerns, his “retirement” from acting in 1962, his rise to international prominence and superstar status following his casting in Sergio Leone’s For a Few Dollars More (Per qualche dollaro in piu, Italy/Spain/West Germany, 1965) and his long reign as one of the Spaghetti Western’s most popular actors. Lee’s talk also discussed Day of Anger‘s production process within the wider body of contemporaneous Spaghetti Westerns, detailing Tonino Valerii’s earlier connections to Sergio Leone’s work, Riz Ortolani’s soundtrack work and the importance of actors such as Giuliano Gemma and Al Mulock within the genre. The event took place at the Cinema Truck in Holmfirth on 21 May 2016. The screening was kindly supported by the Leverhulme Trust.