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1  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Fashion in Leone on: November 16, 2014, 03:38:33 AM
Long time no see. My attention has been diverted to other pursuits. But I've just come across a post about neckties in the 19th century and remembered the old discussion about them here.
http://dresslikeagrownup.blogspot.fr/2012/08/taking-stock-of-cravat.html?m=1
Apparently, the modern tie as we know it took hold in the 1890s.
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas!! on: December 27, 2013, 12:22:43 PM
Happy new year to everyone!

I got the best gift from my family this Christmas that I'm still working on believing, so I figured writing about it here could help with that: I got a ticket for the February Ennio Morricone concert in Prague!
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Best ending ever? on: November 20, 2013, 03:22:57 PM
Well, thanks for clearing that up; as I said, I don't really remember it all. Plus I suspect I've mostly encountered narrative theories in terms of literature anyway, where it's a bit different, and probably less clear-cut.
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Best ending ever? on: November 04, 2013, 04:06:10 PM
It's Peter Riegert calling because he misses everybody in Scotland and wants to come back. There's no ambiguity whatsoever. Did you watch this when you were 8 years old or something?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbu662CF3Ho
I rest my case.
5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What's the last film you watched that completely blew you away? on: October 18, 2013, 12:39:11 AM
Smoke Signals (1998)
It's everything this kind of film should be.
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Last live concert you attended on: September 06, 2013, 01:50:47 AM
Bombino! In Prague yesterday; it was a small venue only half full, which is a shame. Angry Cheesy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmHTmgr_mNs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA1g4zBJYio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuZ0obx1byE
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Poll: How do you like to see movies? on: August 30, 2013, 08:32:18 AM
Latest news is the local cinema's going to be digitalised, like many others. The projectors went to a collector and a technical museum, allegedly in a very, very good state, still perfectly operational. I missed out on the last screening on them, because I wasn't at home. Angry
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Re: Who do you think is as good a composer as Morricone? on: August 30, 2013, 06:55:09 AM
Sometimes, silence can be as dramatic as music. I've seen Dreyer's wonderful Jeanne d'Arc without any music, so it was totally silent - and it was harrowing. Afro

Just think about how Ennio uses the silence. He's a master in that, too, not only in music.

Not enough silence is my biggest gripe with contemporary soundtracks. Nobody lets the tension speak for itself these days; the way Morricone's music speaks in Leone's films has much to do with the amount of silence that precedes it in those films.


On a completely different note - I would not compare, it's incomparable, but Mark Knopfler's done some excellent soundtracks. It's rather a pity that he has not done more...
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Re: If someone tells you that John Williams owns Ennio Morricone...... on: July 01, 2013, 08:12:54 AM
Well, using a countertenor in "Vale Decem" alone would put him there for me. Countertenors really have a renaissance lately.

Well, that one comes very close, countertenor or not. But the whole thing is otherwise the modern school of soundtracks that play all the time, which is not my favourite style.
10  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Last live concert you attended on: May 08, 2013, 03:50:55 AM
Mark Knopfler & Band yesterday in Prague. Absolutely fantastic. They got a standing ovation. Wink
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Re: If someone tells you that John Williams owns Ennio Morricone...... on: May 04, 2013, 02:12:18 PM
My top 3 for film/tv music is Ennio, Nino Rota and Murray Gold.

Um. It was actually some Murray Gold I was listening to. Apparently, not the same class for my father... (and not quite for me, either, although I enjoy it.)
12  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: How the West Was Won (1962) on: April 22, 2013, 12:09:43 PM
Great job, CJ - I feel terribly undereducated, but in a good way: there's room for more. Grin
13  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: How the West Was Won (1962) on: April 22, 2013, 02:01:39 AM
what you mean to say is y'all are anti-America however possible  Tongue

No, what I mean to say is that European works, as far as I know, usually chose the "Noble Savage" stream of non-authentic portrayal. Unless they were colonial works with an interest.
14  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: How the West Was Won (1962) on: April 22, 2013, 12:34:44 AM
Well, as I said, I'm no expert. Thanks for clarifying that.
And I'm European on top of that. We've long had a soft spot for the Indian side of things over here. And European portrayals of them are usually also very wrong, as we tend to project our own troubles into them. So, whatever.
15  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: How the West Was Won (1962) on: April 21, 2013, 12:20:49 PM
What I didn't like is how the movie clearly shows how a treaty is broken with the Indians, and how part of the "winning" of the west was a very brutal business. Yet ultimately it celebrates it. Like, let's show how this and that and the other was done unethically and murderously, but hey, wtf, we won the west! You can't try to be honest and show the brutality toward Indians that was part of winning the West, and then say, hey, let's celebrate it all.

That's pretty much what I meant. Ironic. I think (though I'm no expert) this must have been one of the first American Westerns to acknowledge that historical fact; it undermines its own message.
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