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31  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: The success of OUTW on: July 30, 2017, 07:40:54 AM
In Stuttgart it played from approx. 1979 - 1984 in one cinema. When I started out working & decorating in cinemas as a boy we had to exchange the lobby cards which had faded about 95%, being in display for years. They looked as yellow as the Almaria locations Smiley.
32  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: The success of OUTW on: July 30, 2017, 04:27:10 AM
A lot of tickets Smiley
I have a Filmecho / Filmwoche from 1999 as I recall, remembered the ratings / numbers from there. Also Boxoffice.de, a fun page...
33  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: The success of OUTW on: July 30, 2017, 01:32:19 AM
Regarding admissions, OUATITW was surpassed in Germany only by another Italian western, CONTINUAVANO A CHIAMARLO TRINITA and Disney's JUNGLE BOOK, before the TITANIC sank.
34  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Pillow Talk (1959) on: July 25, 2017, 01:22:26 AM
Wonderful film, followed by two other winners, LOVER COME BACK and THE THRILL OF IT ALL (Jim Garner taking over the Hudson part). Mrs. Kappelhoff's other comedies in the following 10 years are OK, but the level of those three were hard to match. Rock running around nude in furs or "being pregnant"... he was a great actor, very underrated - and unhappy that (back then) very few appreciated his fantastic performance in SECONDS, a masterpiece.
35  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Jill's Voice on: July 23, 2017, 01:12:05 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfJS_-3vUBA
36  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 20, 2017, 02:14:28 PM
Again, TechniScope wasn't bad at all.
The major reason why it was used mostly in Italy (and France) was the fact that
it was an invention by Technicolor/Rome and only Technicolor Rome could
work with it! Got it?

I saw OUATITW on the biggest screens in Germany many times and
it looked GREAT, SUPERIOR, AWESOME.
The major reason for lesser picture quality is the loss of generations.
Some LA productions were 5 generations away from the negative
once they hit your screen in Amsterdam. While the TechniScope prints
from Rome had often one or two generations less (and DYE-TRANSFER!).
That more than made up for the smaller negative image.
I rest my case...
37  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 20, 2017, 11:22:37 AM
TechniScope was not as bad as the Americans thought it was. On the screen you couldn't really see the difference (regarding grain & detail) to regular Scope films. The prints they made at Technicolor in Rome were very good, they had the experience, also thanks to the superior dye-transfer process (which ended in the 1970s).
38  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Arrow DVD/Blu-Ray Sale. on: July 20, 2017, 07:49:34 AM
Yeah, thanks so much!
39  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 20, 2017, 07:33:14 AM
When I decided to make films 20 years ago, out of my 1200 books on film about five volumes became my "bibles". His book was included of course Smiley.

Making films & the choice of lenses are always tied together of course. Funny, starting with my work on the German TWO-LANE BLACKTOP Blu-ray,
I come across the "TechniScope-theme" every week now. For instance I just watched (my usual) dose of HAMMER-films and had almost forgotten that
some had been filmed in TechniScope as well (the process was linked to Technicolor Europe). Of course they had VERY limited budgets and possibilities,
and you also find some shots that could not have been filmed with anamorphic lenses, but one really has to look out for TechniScope there while
Leone's films are really a powerful demonstration of what was possible when using the process...
40  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 19, 2017, 04:17:59 AM
NOBODY: Your article in RETRO sums it all up very well.
41  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 16, 2017, 02:21:28 PM
With TechniScope one could use regular wide angle lenses which was the base for the now iconic Leone-style-photography. It is technically just not possible to get those kind of shots with anamorphic lenses, who distort and offer only a limited amount of depth of focus. I just dealt with the subject for the German TWO-LANE BLACKTOP Blu-ray release, Monte actually had shot the film in TechniScope for those reasons (the get as many different in-focus shots inside / outside the cars).  
42  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 16, 2017, 01:32:14 PM
Of course.
The major artistic difference to CinemaScope (or any other anamorphic process) is the depth of focus possible when filming with TechniScope. The image compositions Leone did together with his cinematographers would NOT have been possible with anamorphic lenses!
43  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: La collina degli stivali aka Boot Hill (1969) on: July 05, 2017, 06:52:36 AM
Yes, ADRIA re-released about 50% of the Italian western in Germany. Beautiful posters Smiley.

The "intro" is great indeed. Can't remember how it takes until Hill speaks, feels like 15 minutes.
The film is fascinating for people who are a bit more interested in directing/staging/composing/new ideas
than the regular movie lover who is slightly tied up to the average western formulas. Also, like KILL BILL
who has not much of a story, it is almost a bible to learn where to put the camera, framing etc. etc.
Personally I couldn't care less about PLOT. All stories have been told many times long time ago (and
mostly better by the old masters like Ford, Wellman, Wyler and so many others). I want to see interesting
films done by people with skills and taste that make me want to see' em again and again Smiley.
44  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: July 1st this year: Happy 150th birthday, Canada! on: July 04, 2017, 01:56:26 PM
I like Canada & Canadians.... Donald Sutherland, Cobie Smulders...
45  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: La collina degli stivali aka Boot Hill (1969) on: July 03, 2017, 04:28:12 PM
I'll never stop admiring your missionary way of trying to persuade people to like certain art Smiley.
You'd be a great teacher / professor I feel.

I stopped doing that in the 90s. It is like trying to tell Rap-fans how great Dixieland-jazz can be Smiley.

PS: I'm about to purchase a 1970 first release ADRIA print! We'll find a theater next year and meet for the screening...

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