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When I took my only film class, they called these "match cuts".

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: "Something to do with death"
« on: October 11, 2021, 06:00:08 AM »
Flesh wound in the old westerns sense of something that quickly heals.

Flesh wound my ass. That shot knocked him on his ass.

In The Big Gundown, I can't believe that John Corbett (Van Cleef) with his gunshot wound was able to ride off at the end.  Maybe he died 15 minutes later....

I remember reading somewhere - maybe on this board - that most times a shot in the leg or arm meant amputation, and a shot to the trunk typically ended up in death.  Maybe that was a reference to Civil War medicine. 

Obviously the world's best doctors were Doc Burrage on Rifleman and Doc Stone on Gunsmoke; Lucas and Matt were shot many times and always had full recoveries.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: October 01, 2021, 06:22:29 AM »
On another note, I recently had Netflix N Chill night with Miss Baltimore, so I showed her FAFDM - and she loved it! Then  I decided to mix things up with a melodrama; halfway through she says, "Let's watch another Western!" So I showed her GBU. As I expected, the first part moved a bit slow for someone not used to the Leone pace, but as it picked up, she really enjoyed it, now she is a Leone fan!!!!!

We just watched FOD -- during the part where Eastwood punched out Marisol and brought her to the Baxters, Miss Baltimore gasps, "OMG, this is so dramatic!" which I found hilarious because dramatic plots are the last thing Leone is about. Anyway, she loves FOD most in the trilogy (she keeps mentioning how GBU didn't have much story ... as if FOD really has more ;D) ... anyway, she is hooked. Now I can't get her to watch a non-Leone movie ... we'll see if she likes the c'era una volta trilogy ...

For a Few Dollars More has a great plot, partnership between the two; I can see why some European cultures/countries favored this film.

GBU is really a terrific anti-war film with added interplay among the three.  Once looks upon it with those eyes, takes on a whole different aura.

Slowness of GBU and Once/West?  Leone was making his films for the Italian culture, Italian audience.  More style than slowness, and the style definitely grows on some.

When I first saw Once/America, the phone ringing drove me nuts.  Once I understood that was reference to Noodles calling police to rat out Max, and the guilt he carried for decades over that, became real to me.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 28, 2021, 07:28:57 AM »
Hitler - Eine Karriere (1977) Best documentary on the subject, both as to variety of material and soundness of comment (of course Joachim Fest is the greatest Hitler's biographer). 10/10

I've seen this: very good, English language version.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 12, 2021, 06:22:50 AM »
"Primal" with Nicholas Cage  3/10

Unethical rare-animal hunter Cage loads his animals from Brazil onto a freighter, which is to transport a Hannibal Lector-like prisoner back to U.S.  Guess what happens....

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 11, 2021, 04:22:36 PM »
"The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot"  4/10  Sam Elliot

The title says it all !

Other Films / Re: A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die (1967)
« on: September 10, 2021, 01:16:49 PM »
Alex Cord passed away Aug. 2021 at the age of 88,

This interview talks about some peculiarities in making spaghetti westerns

Other Films / Re: The Professionals (1966)
« on: September 10, 2021, 07:33:09 AM »
Three Academy Award nominations, GBU zero. According to Wikipedia, "Professionals" was the ninth most popular movie at the French box office in 1966, after La Grande Vadrouille, Doctor Zhivago, Is Paris Burning?, A Fistful of Dollars, Lost Command, A Man and a Woman, For a Few Dollars More and The Big Restaurant.[4]

Academy has always had politics; think no one was sure if GBU was foreign film or not.  So sad.  and apparently was eligible again in early 2000s when the restored version played in NY and LA, but there are apparently entry procedures and fees for the awards....

Other classic films like It's a Wonderful Life, Wizard of Oz, were not hits upon first release.

Other Films / Re: The Professionals (1966)
« on: September 10, 2021, 06:12:35 AM »
I got the DVD from the local library, hadn't seen this since it was released in 1966.

I'm calling this "The Four Man Army", needed Elmer Bernstein core or similar.  Claudia was very good.

I liked "The Magnificent Seven" and the "Five Man Army" better.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: August 31, 2021, 05:56:47 AM »
"The Good German" 2006   4/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: August 28, 2021, 08:05:02 AM »
"Robin Hood: Men in Tights"

Rate 7/10, some of the jokes are dated, but still a Mel Brooks film.  Many references to RH Prince of Thieves (which I thought sucked) and to Adventures of Robin Hood (which is absolutely great) and Michael Curtiz/Errol Flynn.

Other Films / Re: The Hangman ( 1959)
« on: August 15, 2021, 07:38:50 AM »
Yes, but I didn't like the ending, the last minute.

I also thought it was strange that townsfolk hardly noticed Tina/Selah but all the guys went ape-sh*t after she put on the new clothes.  Black & white didn't do justice to her red hair.  I think too many watching "Gilligan" forget that Tina was playing a defined role, a Marilyn Monroe type actress.

Also starred Fess Parker, and directed by Michael Curtiz.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: August 13, 2021, 06:42:15 AM »
The Swimmer (1968)

Side notes/trivia from my first viewing of a spaghetti western (GBU) in June 1968:
1.  "The Swimmer" was one of the trailers shown
2.  GBU was paired with "The Party" in which Peter Sellers detonated a bridge explosion accidentally before the cameras were rolling

Do you others agree with me about the cemetery scene?  Blondie threw Tuco a shovel and let him keeping digging at the Stanton grave, full knowing that nothing was there, I think to flush Angel Eyes out.  Blondie EXPECTED Angel Eyes to show up as the  grave was being unearthed; Blondie shows no surprise when Angle Eyes appears, keeps 100% cool.

My guess is that Angel Eyes was a couple hundred yards away watching everything play out, until he felt the time was right to appear.  Maybe Angel Eyes was suspicious about that being the correct grave, or he likely would've simply shot Blondie and Tuco in the back instead of tossing a second shovel (and then being screwed when no money was in the Stanton grave).

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