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Other Films / Re: A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die (1972)
« on: April 17, 2005, 01:41:18 AM »
Yesterday, I saw this Spaghetti Western with Bud Spencer and James Coburn and I was a bit disappointed. OK, the characters are not bad and the topic (The guys can decide between the death of hanging and a very dangerous job) is interesting, but finally these things are too superficially treated, so that they didn't really convince me. The humor is average, the score is trash and a lot of scenes are too slow and boring. Some scenes are even nearly useless. The atmosphere was also missing rather in the whole movie.
Nevertheless it was not bad entertainment, but nothing compared to many other westerns.

Duck, You Sucker / Re: Special Edition DVD
« on: April 17, 2005, 01:24:50 AM »
Coming up in Germany respectively Switzerland on June the 7th, 2005. Can't wait any longer ;D

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: De Niro Last Smile
« on: April 16, 2005, 11:33:10 AM »
We'll see :P

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: De Niro Last Smile
« on: April 11, 2005, 10:50:53 AM »
Yeah, but maybe he wanted to tell us that the whole story WAS just a dream...

Other Films / Re: The Gunfighter (1950)
« on: March 20, 2005, 05:20:33 AM »
You're absolutely right, cigar joe. In most of the old westerns (and not only old westerns) where women play a more or less important role, they are annoying. They're not really part of the story they're only an additive to make the film more romantic and commercially successful. Leone knew how to avoid making this flaw as we can see in Once Upon a Time in the West where Jill is not only a beautiful, well-behaving object, but an interesting individual.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Frank did not send them
« on: March 20, 2005, 12:53:07 AM »
I'd say Harmonica wants to meet Frank PERSONALLY but this guy only sends his helpers, his bounty killers. Frank knows about the fact that Harmonica wants to meet him but he doesn't know who this man is.
Got it? ;)

Other Films / Re: The Gunfighter (1950)
« on: March 20, 2005, 12:47:13 AM »
And why do you think that? I mean the film ciritcizes the society, because all the citizens of the town don't want to help him, although he was the guy who brought them peace. I think you could even go deeper and interpret that as a reference to historical events. Another point in High Noon that's really outstanding and great is the fact that the time in the film corresponds more or less exactly to the real time that passes when you watch it. That creates an extraordinary tension. Beyond that the design of Gary Cooper's character is brilliant. He doesn't know what he should do (escape or stay) and when he decides he has doubts about what he decided.

I think these are the aspects that make High Noon so special and in my opinion it's NOT overrated ;)

Other Films / The Gunfighter (1950)
« on: March 19, 2005, 11:28:30 AM »
A few days ago I saw The Gunfighter (with Gregory Peck) for the first time. And I really love this movie! The story is exciting and critical, the characters are well designed and the atmosphere is very nice. In my opinion TGf is as great as High Noon, although it's not very well-known.
What do you think? Can The Gunfighter keep up with High Noon?

General Discussion / Re: Man with no names poncho!
« on: March 15, 2005, 10:35:24 PM »
Hm, I guess you're right. I forgot the detail that Ramon didn't crank in A Fistful of Dollars.

Sergio Leone News / Re: New Spaghetti
« on: March 15, 2005, 12:09:04 PM »
But I can read (and speak) German! Much better than English... But I have to disappoint you, it's about a film club meeting or something, where Nero and Castellari were guests. There's just written, that in July they begin to shoot in Almeria and that Quentin Tarantino, Dario Argento, John Landis and Joe Dante will be actors.

General Discussion / Re: Man with no names poncho!
« on: March 15, 2005, 05:21:40 AM »
Yeah, but machine guns were already used at the Civil War, also the Gatling Gun. So the story of A Fistful of Dollars can be placed in the early 60's oder the 70's, too.

But I think different. When I watched The Outlaw Josey Wales I was bored many times, but Hang 'em High was quiet good entertainment. And the other topic is not worth discussing, because we can't know what would have happened with Eastwood if he hadn't made the Dollar Trilogy.

@cigar joe: Yeah, really nice text, I agree with you in many points (except the music, which I like), but Josey Wales didn't give me anything. The atmosphere isn't good enough, the characters are strange (except Clint's, that is not bad) and the 'happyend' (all his friends fight together against the evil ones) nerved me, when I saw it.

Sorry folks, but that's my opinion. If a film hasn't an atmosphere that can take me away and bores me sometimes, it just doesn't give me much. I guess we'll have more of this kind of discussions in the future ;D

I don't think Hang 'em High is the worst eastwood western. It's got a nice story about the difference between justice and law. Unfortunately the presentation of the movie is very superficially, so the main topic seems to be unimportant sometimes. In my opinion The Outlaw Josey Wales is worse than this film and High Plains Drifter is better than Josey Wales but not than HEH.
And it's a bit strange to suppose, that Clint would have made this movie if he had never made the Dollar Trilogy, that makes no sense...

Sorry, I know this is not the right topic to discuss High 'em High, but I just HAD to answer :P

Sergio Leone News / Re: New Spaghetti
« on: March 12, 2005, 02:07:16 AM »
Well, let's hope it's NOT the last spaghetti!

Except the scenes at the beginning I didn't have any problems to follow the plot and I saw really early how perfect this movie is. It's very well done, every question that turns up is explained later.
I think you can't just compare OUTIA and OUTIW because one is a western and the other is a gangster movie. One has brillant amtosphere, the other one has a exciting and complex story and they both are perfect in music, photography, etc.
However, I like OUTIW more because I'm more keen on westerns, but they both are great films!

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