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General Discussion / Re: Giancarlo Santi -RIP
« on: Yesterday at 03:10:57 PM »
In fact, he was supposed to direct DYS himself, but both the actors (Steiger in particular) and the producers insisted and wanted Leone to direct it and in the end Leone had to give in.
Odd, though, that Santi knew nothing of the plan until after the fact. The SL Encyclopedia reports:
Before SL agreed to direct DYS, he had intended to produce the picture with Santi directing. Frayling reports that principal photography had begun before protests from Steiger and Coburn forced SL to make the change, but a 2007 interview conducted with Santi by John Exshaw ( revealed that Santi had been unaware of SLs intentions, had arrived on set expecting to be Leone's assistant, and only learned about the original plan later.

Here's the quote from the article from Exshaw:
The best-known story involving Santi concerns his aborted direction of ?Gi? la testa?, caused by Rod Steiger?s refusal to work with anyone other than Leone. After about three days, so the story goes, Steiger refused to continue under Santi?s direction, responding to Leone?s assurances that Santi was perfectly capable by saying, okay, I?ll send along my stand-in, he?s perfectly capable too. And so, reluctantly, Leone demoted Santi and assumed the directorial burden himself . . .

Santi, however, remembers things rather differently. At the end of filming ?Once Upon a Time in the West?, he recalls, Leone turned to him, removed his viewfinder and placed it around Santi?s neck, telling him, ?You will direct the next film.? Santi, who doesn?t appear to have harboured any great desire to be a director, thought no more about it. Some two years later, when Santi was working in Africa as assistant director on Glauber Rocha?s ?The Lion Has Seven Heads?, Leone, unbeknownst to him, took out a full-page ad. in Variety announcing ?Gi? la testa?, ?to be directed by Giancarlo Santi?. Leone was immediately bombarded with telegrams from both Steiger?s and James Coburn?s agents: their clients had accepted the film on the understanding that it was to be ?Directed by Sergio Leone?, and they weren?t going to settle for the crown prince in place of the king. When Santi did join the film as assistant director, it was the first he?d heard of all this rumpus, and he categorically denies that he shot any principle scenes, or any scenes which would not fall within the usual remit of the assistant director.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / 15 Best Quotes from GBU
« on: February 24, 2021, 06:49:47 PM »
Are these really the 15 best lines?

If you need a refresher, IMDb has these and many more. I'm thinking I can make a better list than this . . . .

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: John Carpenter
« on: February 24, 2021, 06:06:48 PM »
Help me live a little more, I'm expecting good news.

And here it is:
Deaf Crocodile is currently working on a new restoration of John Carpenter's explosive 1976 urban action classic Assault on Precinct 13 in collaboration with the film's executive producer Joseph Kaufman. Utilizing the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements, this pristine and painstaking restoration will be the first-ever 4K version of the film available, slated for a special theatrical only re-release in early 2022 following its festival premiere.

Off-Topic Discussion / Nobody (2021)
« on: February 24, 2021, 07:11:19 AM »
Looks like John Wick meets A History of Violence. Should be fun:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 24, 2021, 05:54:16 AM »
I too like America America, perhaps his best film. The other Kazan I like a lot is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but that was before Kazan was Kazan, and maybe the studio controlled the production on that one, and anyway, he was faithfully following a popular book.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 23, 2021, 05:13:31 AM »
Wolf (1994) - 6/10. This movie has a single gag and it runs it into the ground: in the dog-eat-dog world of business, it's better to be a wolf. Jack Nicholson plays a man in transition, and something of a wolf evangelist, spreading the good news to others. James Spader is very good as a conniving little shit. I like this slight film, but my fun is spoiled a bit by the silly looking appliances Nicholson has to wear, the inept use of slow-mo that turns all the action scenes into bad 80s TV, and the insistence by the filmmakers that the Bradbury Building, that famous LA landmark, is located in Manhattan.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 22, 2021, 01:48:14 PM »
Baby Doll (1956) - 3/10.  Wow, what a great looking blu-ray, and wow, what a wretched film. Boris Kaufman's photography is amazing, and Kazan's direction can't be faulted. The failure lies with Tennessee Williams' dull, dull, script. Three idiotic characters talk and talk and talk about things I care nothing about. Couldn't wait for this one to end.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Werner Herzog Thread
« on: February 21, 2021, 04:38:24 PM »
Anyway, Herzog's features always sound silly in English. I always prefer to watch them in German.
Of course, for Aquirre, there's also the French version:

Hey, they put credits over the churning water scene. Blasphemy!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Film-Noir Discussion/DVD Review Thread
« on: February 21, 2021, 04:01:55 PM »
Larceny (1948), with Payne and Duryea, coming to Kino blu: "4K restoration"

Sounds interesting. Anybody seen it?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 21, 2021, 06:58:25 AM »
The Morricone Duel (2018) - 9/10. The Danish National Orchestra plays the maestro's greatest film hits, plus stuff by some other guys. A lot of this, if not all, has been chopped up and put on YouTube, but Cusser, recently in one of the Morricone threads, tipped us to the fact the whole concert is available on amazon Prime, allowing us to watch the whole thing in sequence. Then I realized there was a blu-ray available as well--it came almost as soon as ordered. The "duel" of the title refers to the fact that all the material comes from movies featuring gun violence, Westerns and gangster films mostly, but here the violence is, you could say, celebrated. The Morricone stuff is done with as much original instrumentation as possible (whistles, guitars, a harmonica), but the arrangements tend to be simple medleys. For example, OUATITW is represented by a single piece that incorporates the four main themes. So it begins with Man With a Harmonica/Frank's Theme which peters out and then we get a few bars of Cheyenne's Theme before ending with Jill's Theme, each section discrete. This is OK but not particularly imaginative. A much better approach is the one they take when doing Herrmann's Taxi Driver: theme, variation, a coda that returns to the opening. Morricone's scores for the Dollars films are represented, as well a OUATITW and OUATIA, The Big Gundown, The Untouchables, The Hateful Eight, The Sicilian Clan. The concert finishes with Rota's The Godfather. The only clunker in the program is Sonny and Cher's "Bang, Bang" (WTF?).  The encore is For a Few Dollars More, which they fool around a bit with, and then end by having select members of the orchestra firing blanks at each other. Uh, they could have left out the cute stuff.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: New 3CD GBU soundtrack release
« on: February 20, 2021, 03:19:05 PM »
I still have an 8 track that works last time I hooked it up to a 12 volt (its a car unit).
How many compatible tapes have you got that still play?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 20, 2021, 03:15:29 PM »
Sounds interesting how did you watch this?
In the Cinema 15 multi-plex in White Plains. Yeah, CJ, you might like this one, if you're willing to go with something that doesn't have a lot of plot. The western U.S. looks fabulous--I'd like to go there sometime.

San Francisco (1936) - 8/10. Warner Archive blu: 10/10.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 19, 2021, 06:16:14 PM »
Nomadland (2021) - 10/10. Chloe Zhao makes the film of the year and Francis McDormand heads for her next Oscar nom. McDormand plays Fern, a woman who has lost everything but her indomitable will, who dedicates herself to living the life of a modern American nomad, encountering, as she travels, a variety of like-minded people. The really interesting thing about the film is how like a documentary it is. To underscore this, all the characters are played by "actors" using their real names, and the film is filled with people who have never been on screen before. The story is subtle enough to fool many into thinking nothing much happens (and the basis for the film comes from a non-fiction book about the nomad sub-culture). The film eschews elaborate camera movements and instead uses very simple set-ups that do not call attention to themselves. This serves the movie by allowing the characters and locations to be the stars rather than the director (and scenes depicting Nevada, Nebraska, South Dakota, and the Northern California coast are a welcome change from the usual A-listers). Maybe we can finally toss all the bullshit artists in the film biz into the rubbish bin of history. Here's hoping Zhao's example will inspire a thousand similar films.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Werner Herzog Thread
« on: February 18, 2021, 02:14:35 PM »
I can't answer your question, but I'd be very surprised if Herzog bothered with recording direct sound. I would have thought he'd planned to post-sync everything from the beginning. Anyway, Herzog's features always sound silly in English. I always prefer to watch them in German.

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