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16  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: January 24, 2018, 04:07:00 PM
Maybe the upcoming US blu-ray will include some of the supplements I produced for the German release...
17  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Pemiere Classics (french magazine) on: January 22, 2018, 04:21:39 PM
Thanks for the video!
Bad layout, nothing new regarding images...
Saved some money.
18  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Name Your Top 20 Westerns of all time... on: January 19, 2018, 05:15:11 AM
Now that you mention it Smiley.
And neither QUIEN SABE? for that matter.
Damiani would be angry with me.
19  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Name Your Top 20 Westerns of all time... on: January 18, 2018, 12:56:19 PM
20... Next to the real masterpieces I choose a few I watch all the time, 'must be a reason for that although other films are clearly "better" Smiley.

- THE WILD BUNCH
- RIO BRAVO
- THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY
- THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
- IL GRANDE SILENZIO
- ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
- RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY
- THE SEARCHERS
- IL MERCENARIO
- GIU LA TESTA
- QUIEN SABE?
- THE PROFESSIONALS
- LITTLE BIG MAN
- IL MIO NOME E NESSUNO
- BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID
- PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID
- SE SEI VIVO, SPARA
- THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
- SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON
- HIGH NOON

Last week I watched the ONE-EYED-JACKS Criterion. Boy, what a great film! Not at all the way I remembered it...
20  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: I quattro dell'Ave Maria aka Ace High (1968) on: January 17, 2018, 12:07:30 PM
Colizzi was a protege of Leone. He used a lot of Sergio's actors (like... the leads besides Hill-Spencer, for instance Smiley ...)
21  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Villa Rides (1968) on: January 12, 2018, 05:21:54 AM
A good joke, 'gave me a most welcome laugh...
but I'm afraid he is serious about it ??
22  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Death Rides a Horse aka Da uomo a uomo (1967) on: December 29, 2017, 03:08:02 AM
Absolutely. I understand why many hold up FAFDM as their favorite, it is a perfect western - if one is going for that. GBU is much more mature and artistic and I can't find more or less "comedy" elements in it than in any other Leone. He was a very humorous man and it shows in his films. Even GIU LA TESTA, who has the saddest scenes of any of Leone's westerns, has some funny moments to relief the audience. Tuco is my favorite performance in any of Leone's films, which are full of great performances from GBU on...
23  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) on: December 12, 2017, 08:38:16 AM
There's a brand-new 70mm print, screenings next year over here, can't wait...
24  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.
25  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...
26  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...)

27  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)
28  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...
29  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
30  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...
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