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General Discussion / The Man with No Name has three names
« on: February 26, 2013, 09:10:30 PM »
Now, I'm sure this has been discussed here before, but I couldn't dig anything up in a search so I'll just start anew.

As we all know, the Man with No Name has a name of some kind in each movie. Joe, Manco, and Blondie. In FFDM, the sheriff even says, "His name is Manco," so it's hard to argue that all he had was a nickname. I've heard that the whole Man with No Name thing was an American marketing trick. Is there any instance of Leone intentionally creating a nameless character? It doesn't seem like Clint characters are uniquely unnamed or scarcely called by name. Angel Eyes is just as much of a nickname as Blondie.

Further, what would be the purpose of a nameless hero? I've often heard that the Master Chief from the famous Halo video games was based off of the Man with No Name, and that they didn't give him a name so that the player could identify with him more. I find it hard to believe that Leone was doing anything like this. Thoughts?

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General Discussion / The Titles
« 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?

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