Almería Western Film Festival 2017

“Leone in Memoriam” AWARD


For the art director and costume designer CARLO SIMI (Italy, 1924)

“This award is a symbol of brotherhood amongst the three Western villages of Tabernas: Oasys MiniHollywood, Fort Bravo Texas Hollywood and Western Leone, which owe a large part of their original design to this great professional. It is an award that arrives in the year that these three film studios come together for the first time in the Festival’s framework


Despite studying architecture as a young man, he began his career as a production designer, art director and costume designer in the cinema world during the sixties. He stood out mainly for his collaboration with the Italian directors Sergio Leone and Sergio Corbucci. He was responsible for the scenery in The Dollars Trilogy by Leone, designing a large part of the sets built in Tabernas for the films A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965). In the latter, he acted for the first and last time in his life as the bank manager of El Paso. He also designed the figurines for the iconographic characters of Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef in the film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966), as well as the set and the cemetery Sad Hill, built in Burgos by the Spanish Army. However, his best creations are perhaps the sets and wardrobe for the film One Upon Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968). In 2005, the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles held an exposition displaying a large portion of his creations.


Friday,  October 12th / 12:00 h. / Ranch / Western Leone