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1  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: August 04, 2016, 12:45:07 PM
amazon.de has the book listed again (@ 65 Euros). I can't find it on amazon.co.uk

The book is available at Amazon.de for worldwide shipping, but it is currently not linked to the other 4 Amazon-Europe sites. I think that the listings were automatically deleted while the book sales for temporarily suspended for some weeks. When there is no activity after X weeks, the listings may be deleted. I will sort it out when I get back from holiday.

Best,
Peter
2  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: July 01, 2016, 05:15:32 AM
I just started reading my copy, great photos.

Don't kill the messenger, but I've come across 2 errors so far:

p. 8.  (middle right) states "Unite States Army", the "d" is missing

p. 13 Figure 1.7, states "previously Bank of El Paso in A Fistful of Dollars", should be "For a Few Dollars More".

Photos really show Leone demonstrating to the actors exactly what he wanted them to do, even the way the soldiers held their guns when the prisoner was wearing the sign board, to be historically correct.

April 15, 1862 there was a small Civil War battle at Picacho Peak, the only Civil War battle in Arizona territory, so even west of New Mexico territory.
www.civilwar.org/battlefields/picachopeak.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Picacho_Pass


Well spotted errors. The "Unite States" mistake was not in the original manuscript text, but the error was introduced after taking the text document from (English) Microsoft Word to a (German) Mac Word program, and then flowing the text into (German) Adobe InDesign. "United States" was changed to "Unite States", along with other unwanted changes, presumably via some sort of auto-correction function (!). After the book was printed, I started reading chapter 1 and "Unite" sprung out of the text, and so I decided to stop reading further! It's always like that when you do proof-reading . . .

Best,
Peter
3  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: June 29, 2016, 12:56:50 PM
looks like there are no more copies of the book available from Peter on the UK or German site. A couple of copies available from other sellers on the US and UK sites, at huge markups. But no more regular-priced books available from Peter.

What's the deal - did Brexit cause a run on the books?  Wink

The GBU book should soon be available again. Amazon temporarily "suspended" the seller account since some irregularity needed to be clarified. I presume that the account will be reactivated soon.

Best,
Peter
4  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: June 27, 2016, 01:24:58 AM
Sounds great!

Do you know if the video will be available online?

I don't think that it is available online. It may be possible to get a copy via Mario Marsili. I think he is now living in Arizona (?).
5  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: June 26, 2016, 04:42:43 AM
Peter, how was the conference at the University of Bradford (UK)? I noticed you were one of the invited speakers.

http://www.bradford.ac.uk/ei/media-design-technology/film-and-media/current-thinking-on-the-western-3/

I really enjoyed the meeting, which was well organized by Lee Broughton and Mark Goodall. It was particularly interesting to see how film academics present their work. They tend to use quite figurative language and lots of jargon, like hypermasculine, anti-hero, tropes etc. The presentations, or "papers" as they are termed, were really fascinating, although I thought that the analogy bewteen Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" (1975) and a Western was pushing things.

It was great to catch up with Alison McInnes and Ulrich Bruckner, who had hardly changed since we met in Almeria, 2004, when Mario Marsili made his film, "Per un pugno di Sogni" - a tribute to Italian Westerns and Italian Western directors.

I had the privilege of meeting Christopher Frayling. He has an impressive, encylopedic knowledge of film and film makers. I was most impressed by his down-to-earthness, despite his prominence in the field.

One of the highlights of the meeting was Alex Cox's presentation, which was basically the history of Westerns.

Best,
Peter

6  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: June 02, 2016, 09:57:21 AM
Hanley's book is excellent, but one thing sorely lacking is an outline of the film's production history. Even Frayling is rather vague about the chronology. I know location scouting was done in March of 1966. I know that the English dub was prepared in Oct/Nov. 1967. I know the shoot lasted 13 weeks. But which 13 weeks? Can anybody point me toward the info?

You're quite right. It was very, very hard getting any sort of details about the film, and production details would have been very nice, e.g. dates etc, as you pointed out. I would have liked to get some production documentation, such as copies of each day-to-day work schedule ("programma di lavoro") or work contracts etc. One potential source was Serena Canevari (script girl), who passed away before I started work on the book. I was also unable to locate/contact her sons etc - her work diary, if it still exists, would have been very helpful. Another good possibility was Alberto Grimaldi Productions S.A. I got in contact with Alberto Grimaldi, now 91, a long time ago and he agreed both to an interview and to write a foreword for the book. A couple of years later, I was unable to contact him again. I'm sure that he and his production company have files about the production of the GBU. Alberto Grimaldi has, according to Google, a son, Maurizio, but the Dr Maurizio Grimaldi I tracked down, who graduated at a medical school in Naples and is currently working in the USA, was not the correct Maurizio Grimaldi. Carlo Leva, assistant art director, may have some documentation about pre-production and production, but he turned out to be quite difficult in terms of cooperation (a long frustrating story). I got some help from the family of Carlo Simi, but the material was quite limited. I never came across a treasure trove of information, which would have made things much easier. Sergio Leone Production (offices at the residence of Carla Leone) provided some photocopies of some documents, but these were unhelpful. Getting documentation of production ("chronology" etc) was certainly on my wish list.
7  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: May 11, 2016, 12:45:13 AM

Bravo Jordan! Thanks, that's a great help!
8  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: May 10, 2016, 02:41:03 PM
But at the moment it is not directly Amazon.de which sells the book, instead only over Amazon Marketplace, and the name of the seller indicates that it is Hanley himself from whom you get it (but shipped by Amazon)

The book was printed and bound in Germany, and so it made sense to send the books to Amazon in Germany (Amazon.de). When you send books to an Amazon logistics center (distribution center), "they" (Amazon) decide where they will be sent to (Bad Hersfeld, Pforzheim, Brieselang, Werne, Weinberg, Rheineberg, Leipzig etc), and it turned out to be Leipzig. The delivery was a little complicated since everything is done online. You just can't ring them up and organize things like in the old days. The book is listed at Amazon.de and available for worldwide delivery. It should, in principle, be straightforward to link the German Amazon market (Amazon.de) to the other Amazon markets (.com, .co.uk, .es, .fr etc), which are independent of each other, but I have had much difficulty trying to do this. It would be more comfortable, in the USA for example, to search for the book with Amazon.com and order it (although it is shipped from Germany). Also, people are more likely to find English-language books when they are listed at English-based sites, such as Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

I (Peter Hanley) am the seller, but the book is stored at Amazon, and Amazon also does the electronic paperwork, packing/shipping etc. I have tried to "register" the ASIN (Amazon standard identification number) corresponding to the book at other sites (Amazon.com etc) so that the book can be listed at these other sites, but I have ended up going in circles. At least, Amazon.de seems to be functioning as a distribution center for now, but things could certainly be better.
9  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: January 11, 2016, 12:10:29 AM
Thanks for the info, clinton and mike.

It sounds crazy to me that the lots sold for so little money. If it had been sold one at a time and I'd known about it, I certainly could see myself bidding more than $50 each to get 2-3 pictures

Are these pics originals printed from the original negatives in 1966? Approx. anyone know approx. how many copies of each pic were printed?

The prints were probably printed from original negatives. It's a great pity that so many were badly damaged. In relation to the GBU lot, quite a few of the stills are cropped images from medium-format negatives (usually 6 x 6 cm). It is hard to know who actually took which photos, except for the large collection of 35 mm black & white negatives from Angelo Novi, archived at Cineteca di Bologna. In behind-the-scenes stills, you can often see someone with a small (35 mm) or medium-format (6 x 6 cm) camera, and, in at least one medium-format still, you can see someone with a medium-format Rolleiflex camera hanging from his neck. So, there were probably quite a few different people making stills during the shooting. Apparently, Angelo Novi arrived a little late on the set (according to Giancarlo Santi, assistant director). It is not clear (going from memory) whether he took any stills at Elios Studios, Rome, before the film crew headed for Spain. There also doesn't seem to be many color stills around, which is a shame. It is hard to say how many prints were made. Original prints are often stamped FOTO VASELLI ROMA  (common), ANGELO NOVI FOTOGRAFIA (uncommon) or something similar on the back, and the quality is usually very good.

10  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: January 09, 2016, 03:18:22 PM
Is that Ricardo Palacios (the Tucumcari saloon keeper in FAFDM) in the second still? And what do we know about the actress playing Clint's date?

Yep, well spotted, Ricardo Palacios played the barman in the Socorro scene (and a train driver in OUATITW), and the Mexican woman with Blondie in the Socorro bedroom scene was played by Silvana Bacci. There are interviews with both in the book.

At one point, Blondie sends Bacci out to steal money from Tuco's sombrero, and she leaves a cigar butt (Blondie's signature) behind - that is the start of the Toscano trail sequence.

Hopefully, we will get to see the Socorro sequence some day. There are more than twenty stills from the scene in the book.

11  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: January 09, 2016, 10:20:44 AM
Selling these in lots is not very wise in terms of money making. But good for collectors (with money attached to them).
I'd love to know for how much those lots sold. May 500 - 1200 each? But if you sell them individually you
can get at least 20 - 100 for single stills of that quality (image, not condition.).
Last year 100 contact sheets of WILD BUNCH popped up, I was second bidder, something around 2000.-.
20.- for first WILD BUNCH contact sheet isn't much at all, if I was rich I bid much higher...

The GBU stills (177) sold for US$ 2629 and the FOD stills (180) for about US$ 1500. About 50 of the 177 GBU stills appeared to be in very good condition (no surface damage), implying about US$50 (2629/50) per still - a good price. It was a shame that so many stills were badly damaged. I think it would have been better to sell the stills separately, as you pointed out.



12  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: January 08, 2016, 10:36:26 AM
Just amazing to think how these photos make you feel isn't it. What was that scene all about? Presumably a bit of "padding" whilst on the way to Sadhill cemetary.
Sends a shiver down your spine though doesn't......!

The scene (just after the prison camp sequence)  is described in the original Italian script, and translated/described in the book (see below). I did not include any stills from this scene -  in fact, I only have one color still from this scene. However, a few stills from this scene turned up at an auction at Heritage Auctions in June/July, 2015. There was a lot with about 180 (mostly rare) GBU stills, most of which were damaged, but around 50 seemed to be in very good condition - the quality of the prints actually looked great. Some of the prints were crops from medium-format stills. I was not the winning bidder, but you can view the stills at Heritage Auctions - search "Sergio Leone" or something similar, and then browse (scroll down) through past auction archives. From memory, there were also lots from FOD and FDM.

The scene continues after the Betterville prison camp sequence:
Prairie landscape with a river. Blondie and Angel Eyes are riding side by side. They come closer together, slow down, and then stop at a river bank. They get down from their horses, and while the horses are drinking, Blondie lights a cigar and says, “What have you got to do with this business?” Angel Eyes sits down on a stone and replies, “It’s a curious story . . .” He takes some smoked meat, bread, and a bottle out of a bag, and continues, “. . . And I happened by chance to come across it . . .” He takes a knife and begins to cut the bread and meat into portions, then extends his explanation: etc
13  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: December 21, 2015, 12:55:25 PM
Hi Clinton,

I'm very excited about the inevitable release of your book. I'm sure it's well worth the wait.

Do you mention anything about the unused portion of track 5 of the expanded soundtrack? I suspect it was intended for the Grotto scene.

Please see reply #23 in the following thread: http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=7016.15

Thanks, I had a look at the thread. The Grotto scene is described in the book with a couple of stills, but I didn't chase up the soundtrack issue. Like a lot of others, I would have preferred to see the Grotto scene as part of the separate bonus material (on a DVD/Blu-ray disk), rather than integrated into the film. It just doesn't fit in nicely.

It would be great if someone in Rome had access to unused takes and deleted scenes etc so that we could see the complete Socorro scene and other deleted/unused material.
14  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: December 20, 2015, 03:18:25 AM
Great!!!!

anything on the music?
bruce

There is a chapter (Chapter Cool titled "Music (Original Score) - Ennio Morricone", which includes short interviews with Ennio Morricone and Domingo Contreras (harmonica player in the Betterville prison orchestra), and a longer interview with Bruno Battisti D'Amario (played the guitar in Morricone's Western scores).

Alessandro Alessandroni kindly supplied a photo of "Il Cantori Moderni", which provided the vocals for the soundtrack.

Thanks to help from Diego Montero (Salas de los Infantes, Burgos), we have identified most of the extras in the Betterville prison orchestra, and there are a lot of behind-the-scenes stills from this sequence etc. There is no analysis of Morricone's GBU score, but this has been very nicely covered in Charles Leinberger's book "Ennio Morricone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - A Film Score Guide".
15  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: December 12, 2015, 03:02:50 AM
Just a question of taste, I'm sure people will love it.

I put in over 1000 images in my McQueen book and I'm not a fan
of cropping either. But I'm a visual person and tried to give
the images as much room as possible without overdoing it.
And especially the best stills I gave a maximum of room,
full page if possible. One can 'bleed' without cropping quite easily
once the style is established early on...






Your Steve McQueen book looks superb! Great work. The page layout design is certainly more creative than in my GBU book. We chose a more conventional textbook-like layout, although we did explore full bleed pages (which, I agree, are very appealing), fading edges etc.
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