Sergio Leone was an Italian filmmaker and screenwriter, best known for introducing ‘Macaroni Western’ or ‘Italian Western’ genre. He started his career as an assistant to Vittorio de Sica during the filming of ‘Bicycle Thieves’ in 1948. With time, he started working with big productions and eventually, made his directorial debut in ‘The Colossus of Rhodes’ in 1961. He co-directed ‘The Last Days of Pompeii’ (1959), with Mario Bonnard. As Leone was the assistant director of the film, he was asked to take Bonnard’s place after the latter fell severely ill during the production. Some of his other popular films include ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ (1964), ‘For a Few Dollars More’ (1965), ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ (1968), ‘Duck, You Sucker!’ (1971), and ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ (1984). He was the head of the jury at the ‘45th Venice International Film Festival’ in 1988.