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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Sad Hill Unearthed - The Documentary
« on: December 31, 2018, 04:54:18 AM »
I wonder if you approach the Navajo Tribe with a proposal for the restoration. Fort Apache was shot at Gouldings.

Harmonica was a half breed could make the case that he was Mexican/Navajo, no? An extra attraction to bring in more tourist dollars to the tribe. Maybe we could even get Goulding's involved.

Worth a shot, follow Sad Hill Unearthed's playbook.
To restore the arch would surely not cost too much and I cannot see why the Navajo Tribe shouldn't give the permission to go ahead. Unfortunately I live in Italy, but some of our friends in USA could maybe sound them out??? As I already did with Sad Hill Unearthed, I promise I will contribute financially once we get permission. I'm pretty sure if only 30% of the board's members contribute, we can cover all costs easily . C'mon American friends (C.J., Dave, Drink etc.): get the ball rolling!!!

General Discussion / Re: Siege of Leningrad
« on: October 24, 2018, 04:15:04 AM »
My niece is studying languages (Italian) at Uni Noodles
I’ll ask her to take a pass at it 👍

OK, I have seen the very same thing in Torino at the Sergio Leone exhibition a few years ago. The first page is just a very boring page saying in essence that the 3 screen writers Benvenuti, De Bernardi and Medioli confirm that a few days before they have agreed to assist Sergio Leone for the making of the movie about the siege of Leningrad. They also say that nobody sofar has asked them to do anything concrete yet. The rest on this page is absolutely of no interest, some philosophical aspect of screen writing.. What is interesting though is what you can see on the last page or page 5, which unfortunately shows only half the page. But it describes already part of that famous opening scene (the 15 minutes single shot without interruptions, which would have made cinematic history - see my previous post in this thread dated 30-07-2007) which has been described also in Frayling's book. But there is no script as such, probably  in those pages you can find only some ideas put on paper and some description of what screen writing should be according to the 3 men.

Sergio Leone News / Re: Italian Raffaella Leone Interview
« on: October 24, 2018, 04:03:07 AM »

Includes a nice gallery of photos with her father 👍
Interesting interview. Their young company Leone Film Group seems to do quite well, as revenues for the first half of 2018 are 52Mio $. She takes care of productions, her brother Andrea looks after acquisitions and distribution. "What do you remember about Clint Eastwood?" and she replies "I remember that it is true that my dad once said that Clint has two expressions: one with the hat and one without. Later somebody added a modified version, i.e. one with the cigar and one without" ...
Nice photos too, most of them unseen before as they are taken from the Leone family album.
Quite a lady!
Thanks for posting LBM!!

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Sad Hill Unearthed - The Documentary
« on: September 10, 2018, 05:16:01 AM »
It's the soundtrack.
I also got the soundtrack and I wrote to Luisa asking for the movie. Here is her reply:
Dear Leonardo

You have the right to two things (i) a digital download of the OST and (ii) DVD with the film. This is the first one, the digital download of the OST. You will receive the DVD once is done, most likely end of 2018 / beginning of 2019.



so we'll have to wait a bit longer..

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: "OUATITW: Shot by Shot" by Frayling?
« on: August 08, 2018, 06:54:07 AM »
Since I can't wait to get the Angelo Novi / Frayling book, I stumbled upon this book on Amazon and I bought it on impulse:

I just got it today and it was a disappointment. 100 pages and about 80 black & white photos taken on the OUTITW set, mostly of Claudia Cardinale. This is of course OK, as she is really stunningly beautiful, but I was expecting more photos of the other actors and of Leone himself. The book is in Italian and English, with a bio by the author and an interview with Terence Hill. Each photo comes with a short and totally useless caption, poorly translated into English ("Claudia kisses her horse, like her own son" or "Jason has accompanied Claudia to her caravan. She can finally take a shower to get away the sweat and the dust" or even "She was so beautiful that made to fall in love the whole troupe").
The author claims that he went to Almeria to see and take photos of a genius at work, but in reality it's a series of fashion shots of Claudia Cardinale.
Very disappointing. Now I'll wait even more eagerly for the Novi/Frayling book.

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: RSI Italian TV Interview Leone 1984
« on: July 10, 2018, 03:54:58 AM »
Leonardo the cut version of OUATIA opened in the “Summer” of 1984 (1st June)
The dispute with the US distributor (Ladd Co) played out between March - June 84
Leone recut/removed scenes from his Euro version (270 -227/9 mins
In Feb 1983
You are right, I stand corrected.  I read the article again and it says that the interview took place in spring 1984 (so not in autumn as I wrongly wrote) and it aired on the 5th of may 1984 on RSI, which is the Swiss TV for the italian speaking region of Switzerland (RSI = Radio Svizzera Italiana). Furthermore, the length of the movie in the article is indicated at 3 hours and 49 minutes, which tallies with your post (227/9), but oddly enough in the interview, Leone mentions clearly the length as 3 hours and 40 minutes...
Anyway, Leone in the interview seems to know already that there is a risk that the USA version would be shortened (he says that these are the rules in USA), but what apparently he did not know yet was that the film  would also be put in chronological order. But listening to this interview one has the impression that the "war" with Ladd Co. was already going on, so if you say that the dispute started in march, the interview is probably dated sometime in april 1984...
The conversation with Carlo Simi in the beginning is funny, since Leone keeps saying "I want this", "It has to be exactly like this..", "this is a must" (referring to the 1929 Boeing, which he tells Simi is owned by Howard Hughes), "look at this orchestra, this must be reproduced exactly like this!" and Carlo Simi keeps saying "OK, no problem, can be done.." and in the end, Leone tells him "Well,  good work now" and Simi "Thanks a lot!"

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: RSI Italian TV Interview Leone 1984
« on: July 09, 2018, 04:00:00 AM »
Sorry it would have helped if I had posted the link 🤣
My apologies
Here you go👍

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Thanks for posting! Very interesting, as I have never seen this interview before. For the first time I think we have the exact length of the movie, since Sergio talks about that from 15:04 to 17:16. In essence, he says that the full version of the movie is 4 hours and 30 minutes, but this very long version is meant just for the TVs which will be allowed to air it in about 3 years after the premiere in the theaters. He stresses that the length of the movie he wanted (in his words: "my official version and the version for the whole world") for the cinema is 3 hours and 40 minutes and that this is the only version he will recognize as his own work. He knows already during this interview (autumn 1984) that most probably the USA version would be chopped and changed and he very clearly states that any attempt to do so would mean that he will not want to be recognized as the author of this chopped movie.

Not heard of this book.  His Once Upon a Time in the West book is out in October so seems strange that he would have two out.

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"...
Still in the article, according to Farinelli, Leone once told him that he learned more in a few weeks working with Vittorio De Sica then in all the subsequent years he worked as an assistant director with great american directors.
Still the article mentions how knowledgeable Leone was about firearms and that he knew even the slightest differences in the various Colt models; he hired a craftsman called Aldo Uberti from Brescia specialized in reproducing old firearms who provided the guns that Leone requested.

Sergio Leone News / Once upon a time Sergio Leone exhibition in Paris
« on: June 26, 2018, 06:45:40 AM »
It was announced yesterday that Cinémathèque Française together with Cineteca di Bologna (which has been involved with all the major restoration projects of Sergio Leone films) have organized a big exhibition in Paris called "C'era una volta Sergio Leone". The exhibition will start on October 10th 2018 and will last until January 27th 2019.
Sofar I could only find the Italian announcement:

During that exhibition, Sir Christopher Frayling will present his new book  "Sergio Leone's revolution"

Incidentally, tonight there will be a special screening in Bologna for the 50th anniversary of OUTITW on the main square Piazza Maggiore. Frayling will also be present.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Sad Hill Unearthed - The Documentary
« on: January 25, 2018, 08:16:15 AM »
By the way, I have not received my DVD yet. Has any of you guys received it????

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Pemiere Classics (french magazine)
« on: January 19, 2018, 06:18:44 AM »
One of the biggest movies magazine in France is called Premiere. They're starting a new collections of "Mooks" (in their own words: "contraction of magazine and book") called Premiere Classics. The second issue is about GBU.
I bought it despite the terrible layout and artworks but I don't think I'll have the time to read it in the coming week.

But what is it exactly?? Is it simply the story line of GBU, i.e. the book version of the movie??  Or is it a booklet describing  the making of GBU? Anecdotes during shooting? Interviews with actors???

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Sad Hill Unearthed - The Documentary
« on: November 02, 2017, 08:24:08 AM »
Grey T-shirt, Japanese poster and a note   ("Hope you like the Japanese version of the poster") signed by the director.
We should get some news soon, as the documentary premiered in Tokyo at the film festival 2 days ago and a second screening is tonight (or better, since they are 7 hours ahead, it was screened already..)
However, they will send the DVD only in 2018... :( :(

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Some OUATITW music performed live...
« on: October 09, 2017, 01:44:29 AM »

If anyone here speaks Italian and can translate what is being said, that would be awesome  :)

This is an old footage of the Italian state TV RAI. The interviewer is Gianni Minà and to his right you can see a very young Carlo Verdone, who later will become a well known director in Italy with the help of his good friend Sergio Leone who also produced some of his movies... To his left is Claudio Mancini, Harmonica's brother in the arch scene and executive producer of OUTITW. Minà introduces "two artists", with Ennio Moricone immediately correcting him saying that there is only one artist, Edda, while the other one is "just" her husband playing the piano... Sergio then added that Edda is not just a voice, but an instrument; after Edda finished her short performance, Minà asks Morricone about her and Ennio says that very few people have reached musical excellence like Edda and that she is an artist which moves both Ennio and the orchestra to tears whenever she performs.

Yeah yeah and the distance between Terlingua and Washington is greater that the one between Paris and Moscow ;)

Anyway, here is one of the drone shots I did of the arch the other day. Please don't share it, it's very raw, the color correction isn't good, and I haven't even cleared the rights yet (they're shot with a drone that belong to a production company, that I had with me to shoot a movie I have a contract for). Anyway, here is the link so you guys can see what's left of the arch as well as its surroundings:
Password: ouatitw
Thanks NL: great stuff!!!  O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: "Something to do with death"
« on: July 25, 2017, 01:42:03 AM »
Yes, as I said, everyone thinks it his father. But I assume everybody understands that they are related.

As far as I remember it is the also his brother in the original version.

Anybody has an idea why Leone took the brother instead of the father? And why is his brother so much older? Did he had a brother complex? ;)

Answers like "who cares" are not accepted ...

I confirm that in the original italian version, Henry Fonda says to young Bronson: "Suona qualcosa a tuo fratello", meaning "Play something for your brother". It was definitely in the script that Claudio Mancini was his brother, not his father! To confirm it, there is also a long interview on YouTube with Claudio Mancini (it's in Italian) where he confirms that he played young Bronson's brother..

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