Sergio Leone was inspired by Akira Kurosawa who in turn was inspired by Dashiell Hammett. Here is a side-by-side look at the respective births of the "super-samurai" action movie genre and the spaghetti western genre.
"Yojimbo" (1961). Dir. by Akira Kurosawa
"Fistful of Dollars" (1964) Dir. by Sergio Leone
Music: "L'arena" by Ennio Morricone
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