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It appears that one scene of the "Bull" epsiode of C.S.I.: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (broadcast in the USA by CBS-TV on January 10, 2008) may have included some images literally lifted from Leone's westerns.

Two western images appeared briefly on a Vegas casino hotel room wall, where the C.S.I. team had gone to investigate the death of a rodeo bull-rider.

The wall art consisted of a large mural, made up of two black figures against a wide orange background. It looked sorta like the image on the left was Henry Fonda as 'Frank' in ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, possibly from that movie's final gunfight.

The image on the right resembled the closeup of the hand of Eli Wallach as 'Tuco,' reaching for his pistol during the final gunfight of THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY.

Both of these Western icons appeared to be optically flipped "mirror-image" style.

I'd love to know if this perception is correct. I'd also love to know if that's a real hotel room in Vegas or a soundstage in California. Man, if the former is true, I wanna reserve it for my next trip!

Yesterday, two friends of mine independently told me about a new series of beers called "Moe's Backroom." They've seen both a Lager and a Pale Ale so far.

One buddy bought a six-pack because he's a fan of THE SIMPSONS and thought the name was a sly, unlicensed reference to Moe's Tavern on that show. The other figured it was a knowing nod to ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, especially since the label says "Celebrating the repeal of Prohibition 1933."

I'm eager to try some!

General Discussion / Re: Boetticher & Scott om TCM
« on: June 20, 2007, 06:31:16 PM »
July is Randolph Scott month & July 5 has Seven Men From Now, Decision At Sundown, and Comanche Station

Sweeeet!!! All three are classics.

Now, if only they'd run RIDE LONESOME in full CinemaScope....   ::)

Sergio Leone News / Re: Tonino Valerii in Almeria and Youtube.
« on: June 16, 2007, 04:39:37 PM »
Fascinating! O0

Thanks for posting that. I sure wish I could get subtitles on it, though. 

For those of us who don't speak Italian, can you summarize what Valerii says in his emotional little speech?

Yes, I attended the opening night gala and had a grand time.

Unfortunately I was much too distracted by oogling Claudia Cardinale there to spend as much time oogling the exhibits in the detail that they deserved, but yeah, what a thrill to see the poncho and boots -- and the harmonica used for recording the OUATITW soundtrack score!   O0

Well I went on a search for the anthology today, checked the local Walmart, The Target, FYE, and Best Buy, nada, FYE at least had the SE two disc sets of Fistful & FAFDM but no DYS, oh well so nuch for shopping locally.
Ordered it from Amazon. ;)

This was EXACTLY my own experience as well. I had $100 cash in my pocket and set out Tuesday on my lunch break from work to buy the set. Alas, I went to the Super Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Best Buy, and Target. (I ran out of time and didn't make it to Borders or Barnes & Noble.) The ONLY store which had ANY of the new releases was Wal-Mart, where I saw the individual two-disc versions of FISTFUL and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, but none of the stores had DUCK YOU SUCKER.

I gave up, went back to the office, and during my afternoon break I ordered the set for about $60 from

Like Cigar Joe said, so much for supporting your local stores!   :-\

Sergio Leone News / Re: Whatever happened to that OTHER book about OUATITW?
« on: February 14, 2007, 03:57:33 AM »

Thanks for the reminders about that similarly great-looking GBU book (which I sure hope sees the light of day soon), but no, this other one that I recall was specifically about OUATITW, as the list of actors from the McBain ranch auction scene stands out distinctly in my memory.

The writer had gathered all the actors' names, and put them each alongside their one line of dialogue or a description of what they do in the scene, since obviously the characters whom they played didn't have names. The format went something like this...

Adam Actori...........Bids $100
Thom Thespiani.....Stopped from bidding $150

I'm still mystified over this.   ???

Sergio Leone News / Re: Morricone/Frayling on Fresh Air
« on: February 14, 2007, 03:36:21 AM »
Thanks very much for the link, Scarabaeus.

It was strangely engaging to listen to that review from 11 years ago (!), which the network had dusted off and replayed because of Morricone's February concert in NYC, and to see how ridiculously far afield it was from the actual program of that evening's event.

Suffice to say, the Maestro certainly doesn't perform "Navaho Joe" these days!  ;)

Sergio Leone News / Whatever happened to that OTHER book about OUATITW?
« on: February 13, 2007, 06:49:43 PM »
I only recently got a look at an actual copy of John Falwell's book The Art Of Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In The West: A Critical Appreciation (McFarland & Co., 2005) ; and was very surprised to discover that it was not the book I was expecting to see.

Falwell's volume, though promising and apparently well-researched, is definitely something quite different from the OUATITW book that was being touted on this site several years ago. Does anyone else on this board recall the one that I remember?

The author posted here, talking about how he hoped to "go to press" the following summer, and he had set up a fascinating teaser website which offered all sorts of juicey tidbits about the film's production. One thing I remember specifically is that he promised an incredibly detailed set of credits for the movie, including the names of all the actors -- even ones who appeared in just a shot or two during the scene where the McBain ranch is auctioned off. He posted a mouth-watering sample, showing just how detailed his final version was going to be. (I had bookmarked that website and for a while was checking it regularly for updates, but I lost the bookmark in a computer meltdown.)

So naturally when Falwell's The Art Of Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In The West turned up in the McFarland catalog a year or so later, I smiled and said, "Ahhh, here it is."

Imagine my stunned disappointment yesterday afternoon when, upon opening  The Art Of... for the first time, I discovered that it doesn't have a credits list for the film at all....and that it apparently is a completely different book.

What happened?

Is this actually the fruits of the same research effort, but scaled down in scope by the publisher? Or is this truly a whole 'nother book -- and, if so, whatever happened to the other one?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated....   :-\

Has anyone else here seen the new movie BLOOD DIAMOND? 

It's a non-stop thriller with BRAINS and GUTS, and one that actually TEACHES you something.

I also suspect it's a subtle tribute to Sergio Leone, as the film is loaded with nods to him and his work. Off the top of my head:

1. It's set in Sierra LEONE.
2. It stars Jennifer Connelly, whose screen debut was in ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA.
3. The core of the film is a three-way hunt for buried treasure, a la THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY, between two mismatched buddies (DiCaprio and Djimon filling in for Eastwood and Wallach) and a mysterious, largely offscreen "Colonel" (think Lee Van Cleef, who was a Colonel in FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE).
4. The protagonist is disgruntled soldier of fortune who recruits a clueless local man to assist him in the midst of a revolution (this is essentially the plot of DUCK YOU SUCKER).

What overwhelms me is how WELL MADE and totally SOLID the movie is. This is from the director of the utterly ridiculous LAST SAMURAI, yet here he doesn't make a single gun-gaffe. DiCaprio handles the weapons correctly, always looking like he really knows what he's doing.

Other Films / Re: Il mio nome รจ Nessuno aka My Name Is Nobody (1973)
« on: October 11, 2006, 04:12:50 AM »
The only true blue scene that I know for fact Leone directed (as second unti director) was the Bottle shooting scene.

That was also my understanding -- the saloon contest, where the gunmen drink up and then shoot the empty glasses -- was the only complete sequence actually directed by Leone.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: wheres the car?
« on: August 17, 2006, 04:22:34 AM »
No, it's in the bridge sequence, when Tuco and Blondy are in the water, rigging up the explosives.

At one point something whooshes past in the background, beyond the trees, and it's moving much too quickly to be horse-drawn.

It looks like it might be a car or a truck (probably a production vehicle).

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Check this out
« on: August 17, 2006, 04:13:21 AM »
Yeah, it would have been far more fitting to say that Van Cleef "instantly became a leading man and went on to receive top-billing in a number of other successful European westerns."

Sergio Leone News / Re: new NEW Spaghetti
« on: February 20, 2006, 11:42:38 AM »
It looks interesting, but did they make an entire "Western" without any horses, wagons, stagecoaches, or trains?

Also, some of the costumes are pretty good, but a number of the hats make the characters who wear them look more like Lynyrd Skynyrd roadies than residents of the American Wild West.

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