About “Dreaming leone” Alvaro Deprit In the 70s and the 80s, Tabernas desert near Almeria in South of Spain became the Hollywood of Westerns. It was here that legendary filmmaker Sergio Leone made movies like “Once Upon a Time in the West” and “For a Few Dollars More”, making the desert of Tabernas, with its landscapes, movies sets and relatively low costs, 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 abonded, 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 book is a tribute to the classical Western movies and especially to the Western collective imaginary.