Michele Lacerenza was the trumpeter who performed the unforgettable solo in the score of Leone’s “For a Fistful of Dollars”. Ennio Morricone remembers him as “a sublime trumpeter. I had his trumpet in mind when I composed that solo. In the beginning, Sergio Leone wanted Ninì Rosso, a famous italian trumpeter, to play the trumpet for the film score, and Michele knew it well. So he played that solo in such a breathtaking manner that he himself was driven to tears. And in the end Sergio too was moved by that heartbreaking sound”. Vinicio Capossela, a renowned Italian singer, admits: “That trumpet breaks Leone’s long, silent sequences like a cry rising from the desert stones. The Lord’s trumpet calls the souls to the judgment, Lacerenza’s calls them to the final showdown”. In 1964, after the exploit of “For a Fistful of Dollars”, Lacerenza’s trumpet became a fetish for an endless number of spaghetti-western movies. Lacerenza’s trumpet immediately evokes the gritty and grimy West of Sergio Leone and of his countless imitators. A West closer to Southern Italy than to John Ford’s films. Michele Lacerenza was not simply a performer, his interpretation of the final solo of “For a Fistful of Dollars”, according to Morricone himself, was his own interpretation of the score. A musical attitude which had its roots in Lacerenza’s origin: born in the Apulian town of Trinitapoli, he had grown musically in the local citizens band, thus acquiring the peculiar passionate style of those popular ensembles.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Giuseppe Sansonna was born in Asti, Italy, on July 7th, 1977. In 2002 he majored in Film Studies at the University of Turin. From 2001 to 2005 he worked for the third channel of the Italian State TV (RAI 3) at “Fuori Orario”, a program entirely devoted to the history of cinema. He has widely written on cinema in several journals, among them Controcampo, Aprile Online and Falso Movimento. His first short film, “La quiete”, came out in 2001 and won awards at the Turin Film Festival and the Bologna Film Festival. Since then he has worked mainly in the field of biographical documentaries, directing “Si diverta a guardare” (2004) and “I sopravvissuti del ’900” (2005), both awarded at the Naples Film Festival. His last work is “A perdifiato – Storia di Michele Lacerenza”, the story of the famous musician who played the trumpet in Leone’s “For a Fistful of Dollars” score.