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1  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Favourite moment on: October 06, 2006, 01:31:56 AM
Yes, there are so many to choose from.

Perhaps my favorite is the scene where, after the final shooting of Frank, Harmonica places the instrument in Frank's mouth, just before he expires. The look of final realization as to who Harmonica is, in Frank's eyes, is one of the scenes that gave me goosebumps.

Also, collectively, the beautiful, long camera pans, at the facial expressions of Jill (the mirror reflection scene at the McBain ranch, and the eye-to-eye exchanges between Jill and Harmonica, during the 'farewell' sequence), are works of cinematic art, to me.

Enough to make any full-blooded male sprout wood, over the fantasy of an encounter with this silver screen beauty. Wink
2  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: I got the time line down... on: October 06, 2006, 01:19:55 AM
I have to admit that this has been an amazing thread, what with all of the semi-revisionist historical fantasy that has taken place here.

The maps are astounding. A lot of work went into them, factually and 'cinematically.'

My confession: GBU inspired me to investigate the events of the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi West, in my junior year in college (US history class, to 1877). Until then, I thought that Civil War battles in the New Mexico - Arizona territory, were pure movie fantasy. Not so! I ended up writing a term paper on the Sibley Campaign as a chosen topic. All thanks to a movie I saw while in high school. And made by an Italian director, no less!

Anywhere else but on this board, would I be embarassed to admit that Italian Westerns inspired me to higher levels of educational endeavors! Grin
3  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Box Office Receipts? on: October 05, 2006, 08:40:50 PM
Interesting digression from the main topic. From money, to movies, to pinball, to pinheads, to pool.

Has to be some deep meaning there.... Wink

How it relates to spaghettis, it's anyone's guess.

Ah-eee-ah-eee-yah!
4  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Box Office Receipts? on: October 04, 2006, 09:43:13 PM
Don't mean to 'break Jack's heart' (get it? Grin). But I hung out with three buddies in high school / freshman year college, and we could not get enough pinball and Clint Eastwood. We must have seen the three movies together, at least three times.

Sure, it made for a long Saturday afternoon. But is was a gas, sitting through nearly 8 hours of unedited Leone classics.

5  General Information / General Discussion / Box Office Receipts? on: October 04, 2006, 02:10:38 AM
This may have been discussed at some time in the past, on this board. But are there any records as to what the box office draws were, when FFD, FDM, and GBU were originally released back in the late 1960's?

It would also be interesting to know what sort of revenues were accumulated during the re-releases as well, of these films, in the early 1970's, after Clint Eastwood had really made it big in Hollywood.

(Does anyone in my age bracket - I'm now in my mid 50's Cool), remember attending triple features of all three movies? I certainly did, in Hollywood, with my college buddies).
6  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: deleted scenes review. on: September 11, 2006, 01:51:50 AM
The killing of Baker seems to have escaped me. I remember seeing the movie back in '68 (or thereabouts), as a high school kid. And it DID shock me at the time. But then a lot of things about that movie, impressed me the first time I saw it.

I suppose you could say I've developed a revisionist perspective with regards to AE, over the years, with all the philosophizing that's been done about his character on the Internet. I just like LVC as an actor, very much.

That murder scene, with the pillowcase and the scorched-by-gunpowder hole and whisps of smoke coming from it, has somehow become a very memorable scene for me in that move. Almost artistic, in a twisted way. Its the Leone style again, I guess....

Speaking of kill counts. Has anyone on this site ever actually done one, for The Trio? LVC has to have bumped off more than three!
7  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: deleted scenes review. on: September 10, 2006, 02:02:25 AM
If I had to choose only one of the several deleted scenes to be added back into the movie, it would undoubtedly have to be the LVC / fort sequence.

After seeing it in the restored version, it changed my whole demeanor towards LVC. That scene was the equalizer for character development in the movie. All three are not all bad, nor either is any one of them a saint. As would be so poiniantly stated in a future film, that scene makes each character 'just a man'.

It should never, ever, have been excised from the film to begin with!
8  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Poor Table Etiquette - on: August 27, 2006, 06:47:14 PM
Well, now, lets talk about eating habits next!

Ever notice that Leone (and apprentice directors in other films), direct character actors, to consume their meals with some of the most questionable table manners, that not even our mothers would tolerate?

Cases in point:

1. Esteban Rojo eating with both hands and throwing his meat at his compadres (FOD).
2. Stevens and Sentenza / Angel Eyes slurping their respective plates of veggies in silence, at the beginning of GBU (always made me hungry, actually, to watch them).
3. Tuco wildly gobbling his vittles and washing them down with Angel Eye's whiskey, direct from the bottle, using sleeve and shirt as a napkin, in GBU.
4. The priest talking about 'the revolution', with his mouth open (in close-up), with what looks to be maggots inside, in the stagecoach scene, in DYS.
5. And who can forget the digusting chicken-eating salesman, in The Great Silence (never quite had the same liking for roast chicken since seeing that scene).

There must be other memorable scenes such as these, in other movies, too. Not quite in the same league as John Belushi in the cafeteria scene in 'Animal House'. But memorable, nevertheless.

So, how about another clip-and-paste page of such images? Would make for a great sreen saver for our computers, if done properly. And follow up commentary, too?

Just another way the master uses people and their looks and habits, to express the humanity of his characters, in his films.
9  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Really bad teeth.... on: August 23, 2006, 12:33:26 AM
Half Soldier does have teeth like a rat.

What a rogue's gallery of faces! Sergio sure knew how to pick 'em!

But where is the Guy Calloway image, complete with buck teeth and head shot? Good wallpaper template for work station computers.... Grin

And since we are on the subject of digusting physical characteristics, how about pics of hump back villains (Kinski), open sores and cuts (Al Mulock once more comes to mind), and especially, nasty facial scars (Luigi Pistilli and Mario Brega).

I enjoy the presence of a good rack on the silver screen as anyone. But whoever said it is right - there are just too many beautiful people in today's movies!


10  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Really bad teeth.... on: August 21, 2006, 10:12:39 PM
Well, since my 'Half Soldier' post garnered a little attention, perhaps this question will result in a bit more interest.

Ever notice how Leone seems to use characters in his films, who have extremely bad teeth?

Examples:

1. Tuco (silver capped bicuspid).
2. Guy Calloway (in FAFDM), the head shot victim. Absolutely ghastly teeth.
3. The 'tour guide / cook' (the soldier who Angel Eyes talks to at the Confederate hospital), in the restored version of GBU. Never saw a guy more in need of braces!
4. Piripero in FOD, Prophet in GBU, Station Master in OUATIW (all the same actor, I think), who seems to have no teeth at all?
5. And Al Muloch, in GBU ('western teeth' and heavy chewing tobacco use, or something). Gross!

Perhaps others can think of more examples.

It would be interesting for one of the more photographically creative list members, to post a rogue's gallery lineup of images of such characters strutting their stuff. It would be hilarious.

And further illustrate Leone's colorful use of special facial characteristics in the people he chose to play roles in his movies.

Anyone game?
11  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Who is 'Half Soldier'? on: August 18, 2006, 01:50:02 AM
Maybe this question has been asked in a previous post. I always wondered who the actor was, who played this pathetic personality. And if he really was legless in real life.

If not, how in the Sam Hill did a special effects dept make him our to appear to be be legless. Anything ever been written about this guy?



12  General Information / General Discussion / Re: IS IT TIME FOR A REMAKE on: August 18, 2006, 01:43:42 AM
No, its NOT time for a remake! You don't mess with perfection, or movies of epic proportions like GBU. Back in the '60's, they tried to re-do 'Stagecoach'. Huh? who even noticed, or watched it.

This is a very gay idea. worse than that, it is just a STUPID idea.
13  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / 'Mr. Morton' .... on: April 24, 2006, 02:25:18 AM
Perhaps this question has been posted before.

During Cheyenne's dealth scene, when Harmonica asks his 'who' (shot him) question, Robard's line of dialogue says 'Mr. Choo-Choo'.

However, if you watch his lips carefully, as the dialogue is spoken, his lips do not move to match those words. I could swear Robards actually mouthed 'Mr. Morton', after Harmonica asks the question.

Was the dialogue / words, in that instance, dubbed differently, after the scene was shot? This possibly would be perhaps to eliminate any confusion on the part of the audience, who may not have remembered who 'Mr. Morton' was.

Has anyone else noticed this? It seems obvious to me (watched the movie again this afternoon, and I still think I see this).

Thanks for any feedback -

14  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Same gun? on: April 06, 2006, 02:28:42 AM
Jeffrey Lewis carried a sawed-off Winchester in 'My Name is Nobody', at the very end of the movie.  This was 1973, I believe.

Woody Strode appeared to carry the same variety of firearm at the Cattle Corner scene in OUTIW (1968).

Could the same gun have been used in both films, even though the movies were made five years apart?

Did Sergio have a habit of using the same props (except for the classic use of Clint's poncho, of course), in any of his other movies (even though 'Nobody' was not officially directed by him, but by his protege, Tonino Valerii).

Just noticed that ....

Comments?

Spaghetti Bob
15  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Il mio nome Nessuno aka My Name Is Nobody (1973) on: April 06, 2006, 01:14:15 AM
New member (long time SL fan) here this evening. Have been a lurker for a long time, until now.

So here's my first question / subject, even if its not under the correct category (may even have been mentioned in posts past).

I watched a letterbox presentation of 'My Name is Nobody' this evening, on Movie Plex (Los Angeles cable station).

The Nobody and the Engineer scene (where Terence Hill 'seduces' the engineer into urinating to distract him, to hijack the train), in the public urinal at the train station, reminded me so much of Jack Elam and the Fly sequence in in OUTITW.

The use of time, and the use of faces and expressions, is what stuck in my mind.

Q: Did Tonino Valerii borrow tat concept from Sergio, from the earlier 1968 classic-of-classics?  We all remeber TV as the assistant director in Sergio's earlier films.

Like the Jack-and-the-fly sequence, it cracked me up. Never noticed it before today.

After all the times I've viewed these two films, this is the first time I noticed this.

So, comments anyone? I know that this board is not without members who lack details for analizing these films.

Spaghetti Bob
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