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For a Few Dollars More / Re: New 4K Restoration Blu-Ray (March 2019)
« on: March 12, 2019, 06:06:18 PM »
But the German Blu has the uncut version?

Yeh - I bought the German DVD several years back which claimed the beating scene was complete....

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Other Films / Re: The Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard, 2018)
« on: March 12, 2019, 06:03:57 PM »
I just saw "The Proposition" for the first time. As a (Aussie) Western-style role for Guy Pearce, it was not "The Rover" (one of the best movies of the last decade), but it was really great, albeit a tad gratuitous in points.

The "Sisters Brothers" had completely passed me by. I'm going to have to check it now...

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bogdanovich interview March 2019
« on: March 11, 2019, 07:25:28 PM »
Interesting.
We all know that in 1969 when Leone called P. Bogdanovich to Rome as a possible candidate for directing DYS, after a short while they didn't get along at all and eventually  Leone told him to pack his suitcase and leave. According to many interviews, P.B. always claimed that one of the reasons for the disagreement was that SL would always talk about close ups, whereas P.B. by his own admission didn't like close ups at all.
Yet in this interview 50 years later, he states that he shot a lot of close ups of Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon and when asked "Can you create an award winning performance with close ups?" he replies "Oh yes you can. I did it a number of times"... 8) 8) :) :)

That's a really good point!

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For a Few Dollars More / Re: New 4K Restoration Blu-Ray (March 2019)
« on: March 11, 2019, 07:24:41 PM »
hurrah for obsessive Leone fans  :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Yeh - thanks Jordan. This was great.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Top 100 Photographed Films of 20th Cent.
« on: February 19, 2019, 05:06:08 PM »
Yes it all comes back to the fact that cinematography is so interconnected with the director’s job that it’s very difficult to decide who did what afterwards.

The best method, to me, is to compare the films done by a given filmmaker and a given cinematographer together and those they haven’t done together. Hence my theory that Delli Colli is Leone’s most underrated key collaborator.

Good theory. Although sometimes the magic only happens when two people come together such that neither of them is quite as good without the other.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Top 100 Photographed Films of 20th Cent.
« on: February 17, 2019, 05:50:24 AM »
...  The Long Good Bye (which used flashing better AND employed Altman's The Camera Never Stops Moving technique).

An outstandingly shot film with incredible camera movement. Although, you are now introducing a separate element here. That is to say, cinematography is not just about looking nice in stills but also about motion. Having said that, the desire to use motion may come as much, if not more, from the director than the cinematographer...

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Top 100 Photographed Films of 20th Cent.
« on: February 15, 2019, 08:41:09 PM »
At least Vilmos Zsigmond garnered three entries. "Heaven's Gate" should have made it four.

I'd like to have seen Lajos Koltai in the list as well.

Storaro got five and probably deserves the lot.

...but how did they not include a single John Alton shot movie?

Absolutely unbelievable!

At least Kazuo Miyagawa was included once.

I don't think the list included any Michael Mann movies either.

Yeh - how does Dante Spinotti get in for "L.A. Confidential" and yet nothing with Michael Mann?

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Sergio Leone News / Re: New LEONE documentary 2018
« on: December 20, 2018, 06:47:47 PM »
Yes - thanks. I'll watch it over the holidays

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Sergio Leone News / Re: New LEONE documentary 2018
« on: December 19, 2018, 09:35:29 AM »
Someone had posted about this on the SWDB a while back, but unfortunately I don't live in a region where it was broadcast. They are also blocking the online link where I am:

https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/070794-000-A/sergio-leone-une-amerique-de-legende/

Jean-François Giré is a knowledgeable Spaghetti Western connoisseur so I imagine it was pretty good. 


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Other Films / Re: High Noon Remake
« on: December 14, 2018, 08:28:55 PM »
No kidding.

By the way Glenn Frankel's book "High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic" is an absolutely fantastic read especially if you are as much of a fan of the film as I am.

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Other Films / Re: Ballad of Buster Scruggs
« on: December 03, 2018, 09:48:12 AM »
What he gets on set is just the base upon which he’ll build in postproduction.

Ah interesting. No wonder I didn't like it much then - it just looked so artificial to me. I've never seen "Inside Llewyn Davis" but am curious to see whether I would appreciate its look or not.

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Other Films / Re: Ballad of Buster Scruggs
« on: December 02, 2018, 04:10:46 AM »
So you thought the film looked good? I only enjoyed the cinematography (more precisely, the lights and colors) in 2 segments (3 and 5... maybe I just like prime numbers) and found it distracting and cheap looking the rest of the time.

I only watched the first three parts and completely agree - even as far as finding the cinematography to be a step-up in part 3. I think it probably largely results from the digital photography with its lack of noise and limitless (to the extent of cartoon-like) possibilities, although it was indeed the lighting/colors that I appreciated more in part 3 as opposed to having any specific digital issues.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
« on: November 27, 2018, 11:23:39 AM »
It's worth watching for the amazing scene transitions alone.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Nick Roeg Gone at 90
« on: November 26, 2018, 06:44:59 PM »
"Walkabout" was a great film - very innovative. However I found "The Man who Fell to Earth" to be practically unwatchable.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bernardo Bertolucci R.I.P.
« on: November 26, 2018, 07:28:23 AM »
I really liked a lot of his work - particularly when he worked with Storaro. One of those perfect combinations like Bill Walsh & Joe Montana (or for the current generation of American Football fans Bill Belichick & Tom Brady).

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