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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
« on: June 30, 2018, 05:48:09 AM »
"Damian Lewis" as "Steve McQueen". That will be a tough role for him. Guess he'll be donning the American accent again.

It'll be interesting to see how Tarantino has developed his craft since the Hateful Eight.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Deer Hunter (1978)
« on: June 28, 2018, 06:34:03 PM »
Well Cimino took himself seriously while Corbucci at least gave off the impression that he didn't

We've debated "Desperate Hours" before on its own thread. I still say it is visually truly stunning in places.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Deer Hunter (1978)
« on: June 28, 2018, 11:35:32 AM »
Unfortunately Cimino never made again a similar good film. Heaven's Gate is in parts overwhelming, but there are massive pacing and structural problems. Year of the Dragon is interesting, but thereafter everything went only downhill for Cimino.

I like all of Cimino's other stuff (although I've never seen Sunchaser). I think he was one of those incredibly talented individuals who unfoftunately went largely unacknowledged after his precocious beginnings (won an Oscar too early). That reminds me of Tornatore's situation with Cinema Paradiso a little actually...

The article mentions that  the book is by Frayiling and Gian Luca Farinelli, director of the Cineteca di Bologna and the man who is behind all the Leone movies restoration process.. So it could well be that Farinelli did the legwork and writing and that Frayling is just some sort of a "sponsor"...

It also says "a cura di" (edited by) and has Farinelli first billed (although that could just be for alphabetical reasons).

Even Corbucci himself remembered it wrong. In his autobiography he writes that the film was shot after GLI SPECIALISTI,
because (Producer) Dorfmann was impressed by that film's success. Which he remembered wrong of course, GLI
was shot even after MERCENARIO...

Are you referring to his autobiography in the volume edited by Caldiron? I can't seem to find the comment about Dorfmann. I see that Corbucci talks about Django, Navajo Joe and Gli specialisti as a set: "Django era un film contro il razzismo e l'intolleranza, Navajo Joe era un film contro il genocidio degli indiani, Gli specialisti era un film contro lo sopraffazione del ricchi" (p.80) after which he then talks about The Great Silence in the context of Django's continuing success: "Cominciavo ad essere un po' stanco di questo tipo di film, perché in breve tempo ne avevo fatti sei. I francesi mi chiesero di fare un altro western, sempre in coproduzione, con un attore che mi era molto amico, Jean-Louis Trintignant" (p.82). I think it's a little ambiguous (What specifically are the six westerns he is counting? Does he mean "another French western" or just "another western" that this time was requested by the French), and thematically he appears to be clumping Gli specialisti before The Great Silence, but I don't think he is saying that it actually was shot before.

... and the story is not what makes Une Corde un colt so unique, but the directing. And here makes Hossein his own thing.

That is absolutely the case (regardless of how valid the other comments above may or may not be)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Noodles_Leone to NYC
« on: June 15, 2018, 08:13:44 PM »
What language did you interview him in?

Any specific project tied to the interview?

Off-Topic Discussion / "American Animals" (2018) - Bart Layton
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:27:59 PM »
Heard this spot on the radio the other day talking about this. It sounds great:

This just secured a theatrical release. It looks fascinating and supposedly includes a fabulous montage at the end:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Orson Welles
« on: May 29, 2018, 08:15:21 PM »

This is an interesting quote there:

"On a style level, it's cut in a way that feels slightly beyond where we are now. It's got a very fast, collage-like feel."

I've read that the cutting is quite remarkable so am looking forward to checking it out.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Senna (2010)
« on: May 29, 2018, 02:21:35 PM »
Interesting documentary on Frank Williams, one of whose cars in which Senna suffered his fatal crash.

It follows a relatively formulaic approach of talking-heads combined with modern and archival footage, but manages to pull you in emotionally by exploring the human dimension of the sport:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In Memoriam
« on: May 24, 2018, 06:48:13 AM »

This is an interesting quote from her:

"We were working on film, and so when we were running the sequence, we saw it cut together," Coates recalled. "Nowadays using digital, you would have done a [dissolve] in the machine, and you never would have seen it cut together like it was. Almost at the same moment, David and I looked at each other and said, ‘That is a fabulous cut.' He said, ‘It's not quite perfect — take it away and make it perfect,' and I literally took two frames off the outgoing shot, and that's the way it is today."

He's clearly misremembering the details. It's well known that Leone was not originally interested in having Morricone score the fllm and had originally wanted Angelo Francesco Lavagnino instead who had previously worked on "The Colossus of Rhodes". However, the score was in the end done by Morricone from the outset. The Italian Wikipedia article pretty informative in this regard:

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