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Other Films / Re: Zapata Westerns
« on: November 21, 2006, 10:59:12 AM »
Garner Simmons writes in his book it was Harris' birthday party. I disagree, by October shooting was over for months. I'd say they celebrate his Academy Award nomination early in '64...

The book is called
there's a look inside on my website

Well, the music... as with PAT GARRETT - films doomed from the beginning. There you have 3 cuts - al wrong, here you have two scores, both mediocre.


Other Films / Re: La collina degli stivali aka Boot Hill (1969)
« on: November 21, 2006, 03:48:01 AM »
I think you're referring this one

Gee, that's a long link. If it's not working, check or google  //    TERENCE HILL   STIEFEL  3er DVD

I'm grateful for that one, over here we had problems with this film (as withall COLIZZIs): The version from 1969 is lost since the film was recut and re-dubbed in the 70's. Fortunately the film played in East Germany and that is the dubbing that was used on DVD. There three versions:  1.) the 95min (I'm referring to NTSC length!) uncut version 2.) an extended version, 98min. which includes some scenes that popped up in the 70's recut version but not in the 69 version. Always speaking of Germany here. These scenes have no english soundtrack and are of bad quality - see:  3.) the recut 'comedy' version. 'funny' redubbed dialogue, taken from an old VHS-tape.. Never saw that never will...
You can also see my Lobby Cards & posters and that Box..

I love Colizzi. To some he might be boring, not to me. Come to think of it, they a bit slower on TV than they did in the teatres. Like Sergio's films, they belong to the big Screen ! (!)   I think he was Leone's best student. The photography (composition, angles, lenses, framing) tops almost everything in the genre. HILL is my favorite in Italian Westerns, he moves like a cat, does his own stunts (like Belmondo, another one of my heros), looks very handsome, has the best costumes (especially hats) and plays it really cool. Believable cool, at least in my opinion. I can't stand Steffen or some of these guys who look phony to me. No, I think the Colizzis are amng the best. And COLLINA DEGLI STIVALI is almost an experimental film. As mentioned, the leading has not that much screen time and the almost no dialogue at all during the first 20 minutes! Also, like MERCENARIO, it treats the CIRCUS-theme very well. The score is weird and just great. Cool film.

I just restored for myself I QUATTRO DELL AVE MARIA. The German version had 50 cuts!
Great film.


Other Films / Re: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
« on: November 20, 2006, 08:28:19 AM »
Interesting views. I partly agree. Not so much about Kristofferson, I think his rebel quality helped his performance (Sam wanted Bo Hopkins, 'fought for him too).
The whole thing is a hippie western I think. And as most of Peckinpah's best work it devides audiences. I know a lot of () expersts, who have PAT on their Top 3 Peckinpah list. Doesn't make my Top 5 although it's a very good film, not a GREAT one though. I never liked parts of the costumes & haircuts, much unlike BUNCH and other Sam-classics it looks very much 1973. But I love the soundtrack, then again EASY RIDER is my 2nd favorite film :)
It was a very very though film to make and it shows.
My opinion is, that from day one it was one of those cursed films - even until today. The 1073 version was fucked up by the studio; the 1990 version was screwed up too and Seydor managed it to make some major mistakes too. His version is the best, but still only 90% at best (fot ex. he or whoever choose the wrong music tracks for the raft scene and especially KNOCKIN'). There two sloppy edits (no sound fading), and some scenes are the short now.

Anyway, some people are reeally touched by the film. And that's the proof it is something significant. All in all one of the very last 'great' westerns ever made.


Other Films / Re: The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
« on: November 20, 2006, 04:57:22 AM »
There are many reasons for me why Peckinpah is my #1 film maker, a strong one is the fact that he made 5 masterpieces in less than 5 years! Nobody can top that.
(BUNCH, CABLE, STRAW DOGS, BONNER & GETAWAY - between 1968 & 1972).

I just found an (unofficial) trailer for my own film, funny:


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Your favourite scene in this movie?
« on: November 20, 2006, 04:41:49 AM »
somehow my favorite films are my favorite films because they do include not only one or two favorite scenes but are MADE of favorite scenes :)

The longest title sequence in history, every scene between Tuco and anybody, Blondie in the desert, in the camp, the battle scenes, the duels, every scene where's music involved.

How about the scenes we do not like?

Maybe the only thing that bothered me a little bit were the weather problems they had during shooting. The light is sometimes very flat (not in our memory tough..)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite David Lean Film?
« on: November 20, 2006, 03:40:45 AM »
I think Lean is among the 10 best directors ever. LAWRENCE surely is as good as anything ever done on the medium film. Like Wyler, Kubrick, Peckinpah, Leone and those Top-talents he did everything for his art and combined with his skills (and those he 'casted', like John Box and Anne Coates) it shows. That's why other film makers other him (and those others), because they know how difficult it is to accomplish something like that.
ZHIVAGO is a love story, unfair to compare those two. Still a great film. KWAI is a masterpiece. So is GREAT EXPECTATIONS, OLIVERTWIST and BRIEF ENCOUNTER.
I try to catch him on the big screen as often as I can. It's easy not to fall on his 'big' films sitting on a couch in front of a 40 inch TV-screen. Years ago I saw BRAVEHEART in London at the Leicester Square Odeon (1700 seats ?), I loved it. I have the DVD, but I never watched it. To afraid to loose the cinematic impact  :)

I don't think Lean is too much off topic here. He made epics, Leone made epics. My favorite Peckinpah made only two or three epic films, but I think the best one :),
at least my favorite film ever.


Other Films / Re: Zapata Westerns
« on: November 20, 2006, 03:07:40 AM »
yeah, it's another film now. still only the mutilated version that made him shaking after the preview in 1964 ('it's only a movie, Sam..' 'It's my fucking life!');
but so much better than the version they then released. He probably (hopefully) never saw that.
The new soundtrack is better (especially since some scenes by now do not have any music anylonger - they don't need them - battle etc.) but sounds a bit like silent film music. still an improvement over 'Folllloow behind the major..' :)

Maybe you'd enjoy my book on Peckinpah (1050 stills)..


Other Films / Re: Zapata Westerns
« on: November 19, 2006, 04:44:41 PM »

Other Films / Re: Zapata Westerns
« on: November 19, 2006, 04:39:51 PM »
Howdy Tim!

great still. I have about 300 on DUNDEE - this one not :)
I have great problems with the film. Before the DVD we need to sell it to some (bigger) channel, to pay for the clips in the film. Although everybody seems to love it and it already plays internationally on Festivals, nobody wants to buy it.
Either way there'll be a DVD next year (not before spring). PASSION premiered in Munich last year. Along the festival launched the new DUNDEE cut in Europe, on a HUGE screen. That was something. Much better film now, isn't it?


Duck, You Sucker / Re: Movie Memorabilia (Italy)
« on: November 19, 2006, 01:35:53 PM »

Duck, You Sucker / Re: Movie Memorabilia (Italy)
« on: November 19, 2006, 01:35:08 PM »

Duck, You Sucker / Re: Movie Memorabilia (Italy)
« on: November 19, 2006, 01:33:22 PM »
In case anybody stumbles across some bustas...
These are mine, 'would love to know if there are more different ones out there...


Other Films / Re: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
« on: November 19, 2006, 11:13:01 AM »
Cool, there's more discussion here about GARCIA than on the Peckinpah-sites....
Isela Vega told me greatsories for my Peckinpah-film about doing drugs with Oates. For ex. when she played the scene in the graveyard (buried) she was of course was expected to be 'dead' but she did some halucinating mushrooms with Oates before and was so stoned that she kept on talking and laughing - during the takes -, until Peckinpah really got fed up and shouted at her 'damn it Isela, shuuut up, you're dead, damn it..'


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: More John Ford on TCM Tomorrow, the 14th
« on: November 15, 2006, 05:06:24 AM »
Has anybody

lots of stuff to trade here...

Other Films / Re: Zapata Westerns
« on: November 15, 2006, 05:04:24 AM »
Parts of the film are included on the MAJOR DUNDEE DVD (another film about gringos in Mexico).
The main DVD will be out next year. Right now it plays internationally on festivals (Only ATLANTA so far in the US)

Where are you located?

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