Dreaming Leone (signed + numbered)

by Alvaro Deprit


Photographs: Alvaro Deprit

Text: Erik Vroons

Publisher: selfpublished

110 pages

Year: 2014

ISBN: 978-88-909865-7-4

Price: 33

Comments: Softcover, comes in a cardboard cover, first edition of 750, signed and numbered, 17 x 24 cm

In the 70s and 80s, the Tabernas desert near Almeria in Southern Spain became the Hollywood of Westerns. It was here that legendary filmmaker Sergio Leone made movies like Once Upon a Time in the West, For a Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, making the desert of Tabernas, with its landscapes, movies sets, and relatively low cost, a point of reference for Westerns. In the 90s, filmmakers stopped making movies in Almeria mainly because the conditions were no longer affordable. The film sets were turned into fairgrounds or were abandoned, and the people who worked and lived around the cinema circuit, such as stuntmen and extras, dedicated themselves to doing Western performances to attract tourists. The economic crisis in Spain has also affected this industry, which is yearning for the glory days of Western movies. In reality, the performances for tourists evoke an era that is disappearing, and the faces of the performers reveals their melancholy expectation of an end that has already been announced. The melancholy does not only come from the end of a golden era in the cinema: In this big scenario it has become an imitation of an imitation. Man tries to find a certain dose of fiction but not for a well-known necessity to evade but because he needs to find out about «the possible» apart from the real, what has been left out or could have been (and has not). In a historical landmark of the crisis and limited horizons the imaginary Western is the projection of a possibility west of the west.

Dreaming Leone is a documentary project on the film industry in Almeria, on its landscapes and inhabitants, and it aims to be a tribute to the figure of Sergio Leone and the imagery produced by the Spaghetti Western tradition (...)The mix between the contemporary gaze of Alvaro Deprit with a particular graphic, gives a special essence to the the book. According to our perception the photobook, as an object, has to work as an activator for the viewer: bringing him back through the atmospheres of the most iconic scenes of cinema western and at the same time questioning his sense of reality.” — Michela Palermo, Dreaming Leone book designer

 


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Dreaming Leone (signed + numbered)

by Alvaro Deprit


Photographs: Alvaro Deprit

Text: Erik Vroons

Publisher: selfpublished

110 pages

Year: 2014

ISBN: 978-88-909865-7-4

Price: 33

Comments: Softcover, comes in a cardboard cover, first edition of 750, signed and numbered, 17 x 24 cm

In the 70s and 80s, the Tabernas desert near Almeria in Southern Spain became the Hollywood of Westerns. It was here that legendary filmmaker Sergio Leone made movies like Once Upon a Time in the West, For a Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, making the desert of Tabernas, with its landscapes, movies sets, and relatively low cost, a point of reference for Westerns. In the 90s, filmmakers stopped making movies in Almeria mainly because the conditions were no longer affordable. The film sets were turned into fairgrounds or were abandoned, and the people who worked and lived around the cinema circuit, such as stuntmen and extras, dedicated themselves to doing Western performances to attract tourists. The economic crisis in Spain has also affected this industry, which is yearning for the glory days of Western movies. In reality, the performances for tourists evoke an era that is disappearing, and the faces of the performers reveals their melancholy expectation of an end that has already been announced. The melancholy does not only come from the end of a golden era in the cinema: In this big scenario it has become an imitation of an imitation. Man tries to find a certain dose of fiction but not for a well-known necessity to evade but because he needs to find out about «the possible» apart from the real, what has been left out or could have been (and has not). In a historical landmark of the crisis and limited horizons the imaginary Western is the projection of a possibility west of the west.

Dreaming Leone is a documentary project on the film industry in Almeria, on its landscapes and inhabitants, and it aims to be a tribute to the figure of Sergio Leone and the imagery produced by the Spaghetti Western tradition (...)The mix between the contemporary gaze of Alvaro Deprit with a particular graphic, gives a special essence to the the book. According to our perception the photobook, as an object, has to work as an activator for the viewer: bringing him back through the atmospheres of the most iconic scenes of cinema western and at the same time questioning his sense of reality.” — Michela Palermo, Dreaming Leone book designer

 


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Dreaming Leone (signed + numbered)

by Alvaro Deprit


Photographs: Alvaro Deprit

Text: Erik Vroons

Publisher: selfpublished

110 pages

Year: 2014

ISBN: 978-88-909865-7-4

Price: 33

Comments: Softcover, comes in a cardboard cover, first edition of 750, signed and numbered, 17 x 24 cm

In the 70s and 80s, the Tabernas desert near Almeria in Southern Spain became the Hollywood of Westerns. It was here that legendary filmmaker Sergio Leone made movies like Once Upon a Time in the West, For a Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, making the desert of Tabernas, with its landscapes, movies sets, and relatively low cost, a point of reference for Westerns. In the 90s, filmmakers stopped making movies in Almeria mainly because the conditions were no longer affordable. The film sets were turned into fairgrounds or were abandoned, and the people who worked and lived around the cinema circuit, such as stuntmen and extras, dedicated themselves to doing Western performances to attract tourists. The economic crisis in Spain has also affected this industry, which is yearning for the glory days of Western movies. In reality, the performances for tourists evoke an era that is disappearing, and the faces of the performers reveals their melancholy expectation of an end that has already been announced. The melancholy does not only come from the end of a golden era in the cinema: In this big scenario it has become an imitation of an imitation. Man tries to find a certain dose of fiction but not for a well-known necessity to evade but because he needs to find out about «the possible» apart from the real, what has been left out or could have been (and has not). In a historical landmark of the crisis and limited horizons the imaginary Western is the projection of a possibility west of the west.

Dreaming Leone is a documentary project on the film industry in Almeria, on its landscapes and inhabitants, and it aims to be a tribute to the figure of Sergio Leone and the imagery produced by the Spaghetti Western tradition (...)The mix between the contemporary gaze of Alvaro Deprit with a particular graphic, gives a special essence to the the book. According to our perception the photobook, as an object, has to work as an activator for the viewer: bringing him back through the atmospheres of the most iconic scenes of cinema western and at the same time questioning his sense of reality.” — Michela Palermo, Dreaming Leone book designer

 


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