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Title: The Titles
Post by: Tex on February 23, 2013, 01:17:43 PM
I've always found it interesting to think about the titles of great works, whether is a great novel, a Shakespeare play, or a Leone film. Titles have the power to focus the viewer/reader on a particular subject. They also have the power to tease out a deeper reading from the audience, particularly if the title doesn't seem to fit.

Perhaps I'll just ask the question before offering my own thoughts. What do you guys make of the titles? Is there one that has always stood out to you? Is there one that doesn't seem to fit?

Title: Re: The Titles
Post by: cigar joe on February 23, 2013, 03:51:11 PM
The obvious one is Duck You Sucker, most will say it should have been Once Upon A Time The Revolution.

Title: Re: The Titles
Post by: Senza on February 23, 2013, 06:30:21 PM
I actually like the title of Duck You Sucker, because the italian translation - "Giu La Testa", which according to Frayling means "keep your head down" [or don't get involved] is definitely one of the central messages of the movie in regards to how we should respond to the revolution. However, I do also like the title Once Upon A Time The Revolution for it indication that it's part of the trilogy of OUATITW and OUATIA. The title I don't like for it is A Fistful Of Dynamite, trying to connect it to the previous dollars trilogy.

Title: Re: The Titles
Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 23, 2013, 11:02:11 PM
before this turns into another thread debating which would be the best English title for Giu La Testa, we already have a(t least one) long thread dedicated to that topic

Title: Re: The Titles
Post by: Tex on February 24, 2013, 04:29:48 PM
I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on FFDM. It's very much the title of a sequel following FOD, as if it were titled in order to ride on the coat tails of FOD's success. Does it seem like an appropriate title standing alone? Was this just an American title?

Title: Re: The Titles
Post by: dave jenkins on February 24, 2013, 04:45:00 PM
I believe the English titles are accurate translations of the Italian ones.

You raise an interesting question, though. Had there been no thought of riding on Fistful's coattails, what kind of stand-alone title would be appropriate for Leone's second Western? There must be many good possibilities. One that springs immediately to my mind is . . . Two Magnificent Tramps.  >:D

Title: Re: The Titles
Post by: Senza on February 24, 2013, 07:08:18 PM
I agree, it would be hard to try and figure out a title if dollars weren't brought into it. Maybe something that relates to the tagline of the movie - "The man with no name is back! The man in black is waiting." (I've always loved this tagline mainly because if the mystery it gives to the man in black, and how that mystery is present in the movie up until the very end).