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1  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: A History of Violence on: April 01, 2006, 02:47:56 AM
Yeah, the "homage" (I assume) was at the end of that loooong quiet first scene, when one of the killers is in the office with the dead folks, and a little girl comes into the office.  The killer puts a finger to his lips, pulls his gun and aims it at her (pointing to the end of the frame, not at the camera) and at the moment the gun goes off the film cuts to a different little girl waking up screaming.  Not exactly the same as OUATITW, but I figure an established filmmaker like Cronenberg HAS to be familiar with Leone, so it couldn't just be a coincidence... anyway it was a little thing but every time I see a Leone homage in a new film I go completely nuts (you should've seen me when I first saw the Kill Bills)
2  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / A History of Violence on: March 30, 2006, 02:09:52 AM
Sorry if this has been discussed to death already... but did anyone catch the OUATITW homage at the beginning of David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence"?  (Either a homage or a rip-off or a big ass coincidence, anyway...)
3  General Information / General Discussion / Re: "Sergio Leone: The Way I See Things"/OUATITW at San Jose on: March 10, 2006, 04:18:07 AM
Oh, and, of course, Eli Wallach, who tells a hilarious story behind Tuco wearing his gun around his neck.
4  General Information / General Discussion / "Sergio Leone: The Way I See Things"/OUATITW at San Jose on: March 10, 2006, 04:08:46 AM
You know, I've been reading and posting on this board for literally years, and have re-registered probably a dozen times cause I don't post for a few months and then forget my username or email or something.  Anyway.  I caught Giulio Reale's new documentary "Sergio Leone: The Way I See Things" at the Cinequest film festival in San Jose tonight, and if you have a chance to check it out I highly recommend it.  (I'd have posted a heads-up about it if I hadn't only found out about it myself 2 days ago.)  The film was Reale's thesis at the University of Rome, and he said his primary motivation was the fact that U of R doesn't include Leone in its cinema curriculum--at all, and it was almost a "personal vendetta" (his words) against the school to show Leone's artistry, as U of R (and Italian cimena in general, he says) is pretentious to the point of snubbing anything with any popular success.  The film (it's short, about an hour) is composed of very personal interviews with people like Tonino Delli Colli, Luciano Vincenzoni (sorry if I'm screwing up the spelling, I'm listing these names from memory), Claudia Cardinale, and the always ineffable (take that as you will) Christopher Frayling, all of whom give extremely intimate insights into Leone and his work.  The screening of the documentary was followed by "Once Upon a Time in the West", and watching it in the theater, I was amazed by how many of these festival-going "film lovers" had NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.  (Before the documentary, in fact, I was amused to hear the woman in the row behind me ask her husband, "So what nationality was, ah, Sergio Leono [sic]?"  To which he replied, "Well, Italian, probably.")

I'm not a regular festival-goer so I don't know where else to catch this film, and I haven't read this board in a while, so I'm sorry if someone has brought it up before me.  Check it out if it floats by, though--you can feel the young filmmaker's passion for Leone as you watch it, and it's amazing and heartbreaking to watch, for example, Tonino Valerii's eyes well up as he recounts the breakdown of his relationship with Leone--"Friends can be forgiven, I suppose," he says, choking back tears.
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