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Title: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: klaatu on June 20, 2004, 03:52:00 AM
Italian Filmmaker Has 'Leningrad' In Sights


Oscar-winning Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore is hard at work on the script of "Leningrad," an English-language historical epic depicting the Nazi siege of the Russian revolution's birthplace during WWII, the movie's producer revealed Thursday.


Breaking the wall of silence that has encircled the project since its announcement at the Festival de Cannes last month, the movie's Italian backer Medusa Film said it expected Tornatore to complete the script by the end of this year. "The 900-day German assault on this major Soviet city, now known as St. Petersburg, has become memorable because Hitler thought it would be quickly reduced to rubble.


 But in the end the Nazis were forced to retreat," managing director Gianpaolo Letta said. "It is a key WWII episode never seen before on Western movie screens," he added. The Medusa chief described "Leningrad" as a big-budget epic that would have an A-list international cast.


Talks are ongoing with a number of potential production partners. Medusa -- which is owned by Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi -- co- produced with Miramax Tornatore's latest work, the erotic period piece "Malena," which launched Monica Bellucci's international career. Tornatore's "Cinema Paradiso" won the 1990 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.



I heared Leone's post-OUTIA project supposed to be something like this. I'm not sure Tornatore was inspired by Leone's idea but sounds like there's something to do with it.
Ennio Morricone is also joined as music composer.




Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Poggle on April 24, 2005, 07:44:39 PM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0370877/

Look who's doing the music ;)


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Silenzio on May 02, 2007, 07:27:42 PM
This has probably already been announced, but it seems that director Giuseppe Tornatore (Malena, Cinema Paradiso) is involved in a project about the siege of Leningrad.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0370877/


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Sanjuro on May 03, 2007, 12:49:09 AM
That is quite interesting. I wonder if the story is really related to Leone's idea.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: tucumcari bound on May 03, 2007, 12:13:33 PM
That is quite interesting. I wonder if the story is really related to Leone's idea.

That be cool if they used some of Sergio's ideas.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: J B on May 21, 2007, 01:38:08 PM
I wonder if Ennio Morricone had any music that he was working on for the Leone Leningrad movie that he might use in the Tornatore movie, because I'm almost sure Morricone will write the music as he's done with pretty much all of Tornatore's films.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: The Peacemaker on May 21, 2007, 02:12:44 PM
Ennio has announced that he will compose the score.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: moviesceleton on May 22, 2007, 10:03:46 AM
Nicole Kidman is rumored to have a part, or at least Tornatore wants her. But just a rumor, and I don't know how old...


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: tucumcari bound on July 01, 2007, 11:06:49 AM
Just imagine how many more Masterpieces Leone would have directed if he wasn't taken from us so young. This project was sure to be one of them.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Leonegeek on July 09, 2007, 04:52:54 AM
Just imagine how many more Masterpieces Leone would have directed if he wasn't taken from us so young. This project was sure to be one of them.

I think about it all the time -  but not the quantity so much as the quality of whatever he did.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: cigar joe on July 09, 2007, 04:24:06 PM
In the new Leone Anthology Sergio Donati mentions this regretfully that in about a span of 20 years Leone made 2 films, He was trying to convince him during that time to make a small budget Noir, but Leone only wanted to make epics.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: tucumcari bound on July 20, 2007, 12:03:40 AM
In the new Leone Anthology Sergio Donati mentions this regretfully that in about a span of 20 years Leone made 2 films, He was trying to convince him during that time to make a small budget Noir, but Leone only wanted to make epics.

Yeah, I seen this cigar. I wish Leone would have agreed to do a small budget Noir. That could have been something! Sergio Donati was not lying when he said Leone only wanted to make epics. Each one of his films got bigger in budget as they went on.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Groggy on July 20, 2007, 06:54:47 AM
In the new Leone Anthology Sergio Donati mentions this regretfully that in about a span of 20 years Leone made 2 films, He was trying to convince him during that time to make a small budget Noir, but Leone only wanted to make epics.

Leone produced a lot of films between DYS and OUATIA, so it's not like he was just sitting on his ass doing nothing that time.  ::)


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: cigar joe on July 20, 2007, 05:05:26 PM
Quote
Leone produced a lot of films between DYS and OUATIA, so it's not like he was just sitting on his ass doing nothing that time.

True but we only got two Leone films in 20 years!


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Silenzio on July 20, 2007, 05:06:27 PM
Exactly, CJ.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: ShortFuse on October 31, 2009, 09:10:50 PM
Is there any news on this film what so ever? All I know is Giuseppe Tornatore is slated to direct and Ennio Morricone is supposedly writing the score but that was from wikipedia.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Novecento on November 13, 2009, 10:56:09 PM
I was just watching the interview with Robert Hossein on the German "Cemetery Without Crosses" DVD. He mentions that not only did he miss out on starring in "Once Upon a Time in the West" due to prior commitments, but that just before his death Leone had also asked him to direct the 2nd unit for the battle sequences in Leningrad. It's painful enough thinking about what Leone could have achieved with this had he lived a little longer, but then knowing that Hossein might have been second unit director is almost too much for me! All I can say is the pressure is really on Tornatore to come up big with this one. Speaking of which, maybe he should give Hossein a call...  


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: ShortFuse on February 17, 2010, 06:38:10 PM
I don't think the film is ever going to be made. At least not by Giuseppe Tornatore.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0432314/

I think someone has beat him to it. I am not sure if this is the story by Leone, but it is a film about Lenningrad with one or two American characters.

It's a shame because I thought he was going to do it right after Baaria, but it seems he is working on a project for a Burmese nobel prize winner entitled "The Lady"


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Novecento on February 18, 2010, 03:53:46 AM
I don't think that film has anything to do with Tornatore's project. I hadn't heard about him making "The Lady" before and I too had thought that after Baaria, Leningrad was to be his next thing. Tornatore has been associated with it for so many years now that it would be a shame if it were never made.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: ShortFuse on February 18, 2010, 07:44:05 PM
There's an article about it here.

http://www.filmwad.com/tornatore-makes-english-film-about-a-burmese-i-lady-i--5698-p.html

I haven't seen any news regarding Tornatore and Leningrad dating passed 2003. Avid Arad and Naofumi Okamoto wanted him for this film, and this will be his first english languaged film since The Legend of 1900. Maybe if he does well, he'll get Hollywood money for Leningrad. They pay more than Medusa and the French.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Novecento on February 20, 2010, 06:13:12 AM
It will be interesting to see what comes of this. It's a relatively old post from January 2008 and apparently shooting was supposed to have begun later that year.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: ShortFuse on March 17, 2010, 05:17:08 PM
In the Lady?

Looks like Leningrad is out in theaters in Russia. Not sure if this was Leone's story.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Novecento on July 26, 2010, 05:58:05 AM
I don't think the film is ever going to be made. At least not by Giuseppe Tornatore.

Have read a few sources now stating that Tornatore is still planning to make this happen.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Novecento on March 15, 2011, 07:10:33 PM
I was just reading in Bondanella's 2009 edition of his "A History of Italian Cinema" that Tornatore has been working on Leningrad for nearly a decade and that he is still planning to make it at some point!


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: cigar joe on March 15, 2011, 07:56:22 PM
nice to know O0


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: SeanSeanSean on April 03, 2011, 01:32:01 PM
It would seem that Leone's projected Battle in Leningrad from WWII will make it to the screen. Tornatore and Morricone are on board  for this 2012 release. Al Pacino?

It says pre-production so this project is likely to evolve.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0370877/



Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: moviesceleton on April 03, 2011, 02:59:41 PM
It's IMDb, so the accuracy is highly questionable. Especially when there are no news articles linked to that page. But on the other hand, a quick googling gives a bunch of Italian articles that seem interesting (I don't speak Italian) and IMDb's accuracy tends to be higher with projects where there are big names like Pacino involved.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Groggy on April 03, 2011, 03:13:11 PM
http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=1075.0 (http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=1075.0)

That we're still waiting after eight years of rumors isn't good a sign.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Leonardo on April 05, 2011, 05:09:01 AM
It's IMDb, so the accuracy is highly questionable. Especially when there are no news articles linked to that page. But on the other hand, a quick googling gives a bunch of Italian articles that seem interesting (I don't speak Italian) and IMDb's accuracy tends to be higher with projects where there are big names like Pacino involved.
Uhmm, I can smell a dead (IMDB) rat.
Script by Sergio Leone???? There was no script for this movie!!! Sergio had everything in his mind (see Frayling and also interviews with his daughter Francesca).
Sergio managed to get the russians to agree to the movie (and to several thousand red army extras) by simply describing the opening scene, which indeed would have been something very special and which would have made it straight to the Oscar.
I have translated some time ago the interview with Claudio Mancini which I have found on youtube and here is what he said about this famous opening scene which I'm afraid nobody will ever be able to film:

There was a lot of talk about Leningrad. Sergio had a lot of things in his mind, but almost nothing in writing, but he would describe what would have been the opening scene.
It showed a theater where an orchestra was rehearsing. The rehearsal finishes and a man puts his instrument back in its case.
He leaves the theater, the camera backtracking in front of him, that's important.
He starts walking in the street and you can see a devastated city, buildings gutted by bombs etc.
A tram passes by and the man catches it. He sees the ruins from the tram which is now moving.
All this without a single cut: how Sergio intended to do this, I really don't know.
The tram arrives at the end station, the man leaves and walks 100 meters to a small house; he enters and there is a woman.
While they embrace, the camera turns and you see a window, then a river and across the river 1.500 german panzers in position.
I said: "Sergio, you wouldn't be able to frame 1.500 panzers not even if they were small cardboard models! On screen you could probably frame 150!" But he envisioned 1.500!"


Can you imagine, the whole sequence approx. 20 minutes without a cut! Only Sergio could have done it!
As for the news about Tornatore, it seems to be confirmed in press articles released here in Italy a month ago. Filming is supposed to start in 2012; but since I have heard this before, I'll believe it when I see it... ;)


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Novecento on April 05, 2011, 02:15:02 PM
As for the news about Tornatore, it seems to be confirmed in press articles released here in Italy a month ago. Filming is supposed to start in 2012; but since I have heard this before, I'll believe it when I see it... ;)

Well here are some of the press releases which do confirm that it is still on Tornatore's mind:

http://www.filmforlife.org/scheda_film.php?id=804

http://www.ilcinemaniaco.com/giuseppe-tornatore-dirigera-leningrad-stefano-accorsi-versus-franco-nero-ne-langelo-il-bruto-e-il-saggio/

http://www.cinezapping.com/2011/02/27/giuseppe-tornatore-per-il-kolossal-leningrad/

I'm fairly confident that we will see it eventually, although it will no doubt be delayed. Personally I'm really happy because I can't think of  a better living director to pay tribute to Leone and I'm happy to wait for that.

Tornatore has already proved himself capable of adopting Leone's style to his own work in "The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean".


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Novecento on April 16, 2011, 06:12:17 PM
From an interview in Cuba with Tornatore last year:

Quote
Amaury Perez: The other day at the Riviera movie theatre, when we met, I asked you for your project Leningrad. There has been speculation in the Spanish press that you have not started to shoot it because you are waiting for Nicole Kidman. Is it true?

Giuseppe Tornatore: I have worked and I'm still working on a script that started in 2004. I have never stated that I had thought of Nicole Kidman, she was the one who talked to the journalists. The film has not been done for other reasons. At that time (2004), I had thought of her and Nicole was very excited about the project. In the future, perhaps I do it with Nicole, or just another actress.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Leonardo on April 17, 2011, 09:44:56 AM
So if the script is dated 2004, at least now we know for sure that it has nothing to do with the movie Leone wanted to shoot...


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Groggy on April 17, 2011, 10:46:45 AM
So if the script is dated 2004, at least now we know for sure that it has nothing to do with the movie Leone wanted to shoot...

That would be hard as Leone never actually wrote a script for his project. If Tornatore's project's intended as an homage then that's something else.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Novecento on July 01, 2011, 06:18:02 AM
Apparently Avi Lerner is putting up all the money: http://www.avmagazine.it/news/cinema/giuseppe-tornatore-via-libera-al-nuovo-film_6097.html

Looks like it's really going to happen  :) O0


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: cigar joe on July 01, 2011, 06:09:23 PM
 O0 O0 O0


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Novecento on November 11, 2011, 07:17:53 PM
It's a shame because I thought he was going to do it right after Baaria, but it seems he is working on a project for a Burmese nobel prize winner entitled "The Lady"

Seems like Luc Besson ended up as the one making the Aung San Suu Kyi bipoic:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1802197/


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 12, 2011, 09:06:53 PM
Apparently Avi Lerner is putting up all the money: http://www.avmagazine.it/news/cinema/giuseppe-tornatore-via-libera-al-nuovo-film_6097.html

Looks like it's really going to happen  :) O0

can somebody please translate that article into English? thanks  O0


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Novecento on April 22, 2012, 07:31:01 PM
Seems like we're gonna have to wait a little longer for Leningrad. This Tornatore oeuvre is coming first:

http://thefilmstage.com/news/geoffrey-rush-and-jim-sturgess-take-the-best-offer-from-cinema-paradiso-director-ennio-morricone-doing-score/

IMDB lists it as "filming".

So long as Tornatore eventually makes Leningrad, I'm happy - news of another Tornatore/Morricone combo is always music to my ears  :)


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Senza on March 18, 2013, 05:38:50 AM
I wonder how long it would've been if Leone did make it, probably 5+ hours, and maybe this time he would've divided it into two movies.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Novecento on June 11, 2013, 08:31:46 PM
http://cultura.panorama.it/cinema/giuseppe-tornatore-leningrad


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Novecento on June 13, 2013, 06:49:11 AM
Interview with Tornatore:

http://video.ilsole24ore.com/TMNews/2013/20130312_video_18335413/00010336-tornatore-si-confessa-e-rivela-non-so-se-leningrad-si-far.php

I don't speak Italian, but the transcription of the last couple of sentences found underneath the video is the following:

Quote
Il suo prossimo film doveva essere "Leningrad", sulla battaglia di Leningrado, che era rimasto il sogno incompiuto di Sergio Leone."E' un progetto al quale lavoro da molti anni ma non Ŕ sicuro che si farÓ, anzi, penso che siano pi¨ numerose le probabilitÓ che non si faccia che quelle che si faccia".

I believe this roughly translates to:

Quote
His next film was supposed to be Leningrad about the battle of Leningrad that had been the unfulfilled dream of Sergio Leone. "It's a project on which I have worked for many years but it's not certain that it will happen, indeed I think it more likely that it won't happen than it will happen".


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Leonardo on June 14, 2013, 08:26:52 AM
Interview with Tornatore:

http://video.ilsole24ore.com/TMNews/2013/20130312_video_18335413/00010336-tornatore-si-confessa-e-rivela-non-so-se-leningrad-si-far.php

I don't speak Italian, but the transcription of the last couple of sentences found underneath the video is the following:

I believe this roughly translates to:


Just to confirm that the translation is correct....


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: PowerRR on June 14, 2013, 02:54:48 PM
I think an SLWB member just has to make it.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Martin K on February 15, 2014, 06:02:02 PM
Updated 21 january 2014
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0370877/combined


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Novecento on February 16, 2014, 09:08:12 AM
Woo hoo.

Sounds like Tornatore is going to have a decent shot at getting the international recognition he has been cruelly denied since 1989.


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Martin K on March 14, 2014, 01:04:27 PM
Loved his La Sconosciuta


Title: Re: Sergio Leone's Leningrad
Post by: Novecento on May 31, 2014, 03:27:00 AM
http://fabiobuccolini85.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/giuseppe-tornatore-e-il-sogno-di-leningrad/comment-page-1/