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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) on: Today at 08:38:16 AM
There's a brand-new 70mm print, screenings next year over here, can't wait...
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: John Ford on: December 04, 2017, 08:59:48 AM
It is not about "uniformed taste", rather learning about the trade & respect.
Only critics bash everything in sight.
And they don't count much to me, neither does the majority of the audience.

When you study an art form and you have good teacher, they'd never downtalk
the big great masters. One doesn't have to love their work - of course - but
one has to respect and acknowledge it. And s(sooner or later) realize WHY the
work (or some of it anyway) is great. Critics don't know that really - only people
who create themselves. That's why Leone was a Fordian and why Tarantino
is a Leone geek. To say that Ford didn't make film as "good" as OUATITW is
a bold statement, but I'm sure out there one can also find people who truly
think that a Tarantino western is better than a Leone western... Smiley.

Back to work, I just finished 70 minutes of supplements for the upcoming FOD US Blu-ray Smiley.
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: John Ford on: December 04, 2017, 04:02:10 AM
Exactly. How do you guys define " flaws " ?
I can't work with that expression anyway.
NOTHING is "flawless". Maybe certain flowers, sunsets, animals, skylines...

Anyway, I can't take people serious who downtick the great artists & masters.
If one can't stand Hitchcock's themes - that's fine. But to claim "he is overrated blabla..."
is just that, blabla... If you're an architect and can't appreciate F. L. Wright, then
something is wrong with you Smiley.

Among the great masters who developed the art of film making, Ford will always
be Top 5. He made masterpieces in every decade. His career was quite complicated
and the films he did just "to do something" are sometimes just mediocre. But I don't
celebrate Leone because of COLOSSUS OF RHODES, as much as I don't celebrate
Ford for THE LONG GRAY LINE or Hawks for RED LINE 700.


GRAPES OF WRATH is the essential 30s film Smiley.
The book deals with the 30's, it was written in the 30's, the film was made in the 30's,
30's all over the place Smiley.  Same with SILENZIO, WILD BUNCH, EASY RIDER. Of
course it is technically right to label them with "1969", but "68" is all over them...
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: John Ford on: December 03, 2017, 01:46:08 PM
I don't remember that... is it in Chris Frayling's book?

GRAPES OF WRATH is my favorite film made in the 30s Smiley.

Just bought me the German 1st release poster, I had to,
it pops up every decade or so... Smiley.

(Of course Ford made some stinkers as well, but so did everybody else who
made more then 15 or 20 films...)

5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: John Ford on: December 03, 2017, 12:58:59 PM
"You have no eyes..." (Angel in THE WILD BUNCH)
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: John Ford on: December 03, 2017, 12:37:37 PM
We had a LIBERTY VALANCE 35mm screening here and it was nice to see some ticket-buyers below the age of 40...
I'm a big Fordian, yet my two favorites are not Westerns...
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: John Ford on: December 03, 2017, 02:13:24 AM
The best doc on Ford is this one :

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0272682/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_1
8  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Truck unearthed on: November 19, 2017, 06:10:37 AM
That's terrific!
I'll post a few truck photos from the film there...
9  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Gli specialisti aka The Specialist/Specialists (1969) on: November 10, 2017, 03:51:25 PM
Plus de tournage de Corbucci! Merci bien!

Also a pain: Now I have about one hour of behind the the scenes footage
on Corbucci films 1968-1972, but only ONE minute on Leone. A pain Smiley.
10  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: November 10, 2017, 03:41:55 PM
once you learn which label will release it, please let me know...
11  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: November 10, 2017, 05:08:14 AM
Only logical, business-wise, the US rights now recently being acquired by an American company...
12  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: November 09, 2017, 12:37:59 AM
Not on this release. A '69 dubbing doesn't exist anyway...
13  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: November 05, 2017, 02:56:50 AM
No, just a little bonus gift. Before that Blu-ray was announced, some friends at another forum were so tired
of those old DVD's that we all threw in some dineros and we scanned my 35mm print, just for us...

Now it is just interesting to compare the look of the two masters - the new one for the Blu-ray,
and my 1969 print, which represents the look the film had when it played in theaters. Because
you almost never get the old 35mm theatrical-print-look on modern HD masters.
Just a gag... (the print isn't very good: scratches and missing/damaged scenes. But the colors
are still all there.). It has slightly more picture information - but only due to the fact that I masked
my Apple ProRes to achieve maximum image information (don't caring if unwanted stuff pops up
occasionally at the image border area...)
14  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Peckinpah's The Deadly Companions (1961) on: November 05, 2017, 02:45:24 AM
If you can play European Blu-ray's, I might have some copies left here...
15  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Peckinpah's The Deadly Companions (1961) on: November 04, 2017, 11:12:32 AM
Or mine with 110 minutes supplements Smiley.

Then again, why try to persuade someone to like Peckinpah if it's not his bag?
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