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16  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU book project -updated website- on: December 11, 2015, 04:33:16 PM
Great! Will buy immediately...
The design is not my taste though, so much space wasted. Why is there no ''bleeding''? The images would be bigger, the design more interesting and less white paper visible.
Most interesting Leone book in years anyway...

The format is roughly square (26.5 x 30 cm) with room for a legend, and tailored for stills scanned from medium format (6 x 6 cm) negatives, of which there are a lot in the book. If you enlarge them to maximal width, they don't look better and you have to sacrifice some of the image (overhang etc).

The width of the pages is 26.5 cm, quite a bit wider than A4 paper, and most of the stills are actually large in the original size. If a rectangular image/still is maximized in size within a roughly square format then white areas are inevitable. If you optimize the page format for such images, then the square format images will have a lot of white area underneath (or text etc) - you have to make a compromise for certain still formats. In fact, all in all, there is actually very little empty white space in the 417+ long book, except for a map (shown in an example) and vertical rectangular stills shown as full page instead of within a column. There is generally a border/frame around each page, which is typical for any book. We largely avoided full page (no border) images since it meant trimming/cropping the image. If you see the book if full size (26.5 x 30 cm) you will get a completely different "picture". We also avoided a playful layout, such as superimposed images, faded images in the background etc, since once you start you have to do it to the whole book. If we were making an article for a magazine or a short softcovered book, we would have used the stylish features of Adobe InDesign.

The key point is that you need to enlarge one of the sample pages to 26.5 x 30 cm (or enlarge one of the sample double pages to 53 x 30 cm) and then you will see that the images are quite large. Further enlargement will not bring much.
17  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / GBU book project -updated website- on: December 10, 2015, 11:59:33 PM
First, apologies for the long, long delay.

I have finally updated my website: www.gbu-book.net

The website may occasionally go offline for changes/maintenance.

I had actually never planned to print the book in 2016, 50 years after filming (1966).

The book will be printed in January, and then sent to the bookbinder.

The hardcover book is 417+ pages long (each page 26.5 x 30 cm; 135 g/m2 coated, matt paper) and will weigh around 2.5 kg. It will be distributed via Amazon.

It would be great if you could fill in the "subscribe" field on the website if you are potentially interested in the book. You will receive updates per email etc.

Best wishes,
Peter

18  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Anyone got the original Italian FAFDM script? on: December 02, 2014, 01:38:41 AM
This must be the stilll that Clinton mentions. I think its on a International Lobby Card too? This is only low res but it looks like there's some children in white at the back of the procession.



I just confirmed that the negatives of the medium format (6 x 6 cm) FDM stills are all black & white, and the image you posted definitely belongs to the series. BUT it certainly looks like color film! Is it possibly to see part of the image in higher resolution?
Most of the 6x6 FDM negatives appear to be TRI X PAN [I think Kodak] film. The funeral procession ones appear to be labeled GAVAERT - which implies Agfa-Gavaert.
19  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Anyone got the original Italian FAFDM script? on: November 30, 2014, 04:53:19 AM
This must be the stilll that Clinton mentions. I think its on a International Lobby Card too? This is only low res but it looks like there's some children in white at the back of the procession.



Yeh, that's the scene. I have seen a series of medium format stills showing this scene (funeral procession) - one shot from the perspective of the SALOON and the other 7 similar to the still you posted. The still you posted is probably a colorized still (?) since the 8 stills I'm referring to are all black & white negatives/stills. Your still appears to belong to the same series. First, the Colonel is holding his horse while the procession approaches, then he walks with his horse towards the SALOON. The person driving the coffin wagon is wearing a top hat, and there are some children in light clothing (presumably white) accompanying the mourning adults. Someone must have been around with a medium format camera and taken a lot of shots at Hoyo de Manzanares (Madrid). Maybe they used some color film, but I think that the still is colorized, typical in those days.

There is also a series of stills showing the Colonel in the hotel/saloon and Guy Callaway jumping from the SALOON belcony etc.
20  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Anyone got the original Italian FAFDM script? on: November 27, 2014, 12:08:33 AM
Well Peter, that sounds amazing. I hope that you will do that and if I can help in any way let me know. Frayling shows photocopies of the original shooting script for FAFDM on the MGM blu ray extra where he shows off his collection, so he definitely has a copy (there are even shots of pages of it in that). Tell him you're doing a book, ask him to write the forward and see if he'll share! If you want to see this extra P.M. me.


Thanks for the suggestions/offer. I think that Christopher Frayling has Carlo Simi's original copy of one of the FAFDM script. First, I need to get the first book printed . . .

21  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Anyone got the original Italian FAFDM script? on: November 25, 2014, 12:04:43 PM

Here is the still I'm referring to and the image that shows the same clothing on the 3 bandits as in the campfire scene.






Wow, and there are that many images for the deleted landlady scene? Can copies be obtained? Thanks for sharing the info.

Thanks, nice work! The shooting of the 3 was clearly shot twice. Once my GBU book is out, you will have all links to sources. There are at least 350 + 50  b&w stills (from 6 x 6 cm negatives) from FAFDD, alot of which are from deleted scenes. Only a moderate number are behind-the-scenes stills.

I was contemplating making a book about FAFDM in the future, but with much less research, i.e. without extensive interviews, sourcing material etc. It would be nice to document FAFDM in a book, e.g. translated original script, 200+ stills, shooting locations, deleted scenes, posters etc. First, I will need to get the behind-the-scenes GBU book printed/bound - I got the first quotation today.

Best,
Peter
22  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Anyone got the original Italian FAFDM script? on: November 24, 2014, 11:05:30 AM
This photo from the landlady scene also showed up on ebay recently (original photo with photographers stamp on the back) it's the only time I've ever seen this shot (not on dvd etc). The seller wanted like $500! The deleted stills from the dvd are featured here (I have a few others from these scenes in my own collection) http://spaghettiwesterns.1g.fi/pics.htm



This is a cropped version of a medium format still (6 x 6 cm negative). There is a series of over 20 "6 x 6" cm negatives showing Manco and the landlady in the bedroom ($500 is ridiculously high for the print you posted). In my GBU book, I show all the sources in the legends of the images.

It would be interesting to see the still showing the 3 dead at the river.
23  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Anyone got the original Italian FAFDM script? on: November 24, 2014, 07:24:01 AM
Very interesting. Yes it seems there were quite a few scenes shot but then deleted. The river scene was refilmed. Its the one where Manco kills 3 of Indio' gang. There's a few shots on the net of the landlady scene that show Manco in hotel room holding his gun. Maybe the scene is similar to the hotel one in GBU where he hears footsteps outside his room only this time its more friendly  Wink
There's a colour shot of him outside the hotel taking aim. There's a broken down wagon next to him which isn't clearly shown on screen.
Lets hope someone has a script.

You are right. I remember now the discussions that Manco killing 3 in Tabernas was probably a redo of the river scene - has this been confirmed?

In relation to the SALOON in which Col. Mortimer enters, you are right, there is a wagon wheel placed against a pillar of the saloon building, and, on the right, there is a wagon tilted to one side - presumably the lone wheel belongs to this wagon.

I included a couple of stills of Manco with the landlady in the deleted scenes chapter of my GBU book (completed; currently getting quotes for printing/binding) - in one still, he is standing beside the bed and rubbing his chin, and, in the other one, he is in bed and loosening her brassiere - lazily pulling on a thread.

Best,
Peter
24  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Anyone got the original Italian FAFDM script? on: November 24, 2014, 01:47:51 AM
I haven't seen a funeral procession still. Was it in the town or by the station?

Colonel Mortimer, holding his horse with his right hand and his leather bag with the other, is standing about 50 m in front of the SALOON building (Rojos's residence in FOD), and a funeral procession is moving diagonally across his view (towards him, but from right to left).

There must be quite a few scenes described in the script which were shot, but deleted, e.g. a guy at the river location Aldea de Fresno (from FOD) getting shot off his horse, Manco in bed with the landlady, members of El Indio's gang resting in the shade of a tree, the gang climbing up onto the roof of El Cortijo del Fraile, El Indio and others with young women etc.

The original script would be very helpful.
25  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Anyone got the original Italian FAFDM script? on: November 23, 2014, 10:40:37 AM
Has anyone got a hardcopy (or digitized copy) of the original Italian script for For a Few Dollars More (Per qualche dollaro in piu)? Best would be a translated copy.

I am especially interested in deleted scenes since I have seen a lot of stills from scenes absent in the film, e.g. when Colonel Mortimer arrives at the town of Tucumcari (shot at Hoyo de Manzanares) to track down Guy Callaway, there is a long funeral procession led by two horses pulling a coffin wagon.

All the best,
Peter
26  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Donation on: September 24, 2014, 04:45:20 AM
Hi Peter,

Thanks so much for your generous donation!  Very much appreciated...and needed. Afro

I expect the print will be shipped sometime this week. The seller said he'd be boxing them up next.

I'm trying to refrain from getting too excited but I too am hoping we find some unseen material.

I checked with Cineteca di Bologna - Andrea M. (involved in the restoration of IL BUONO, IL BRUTTO, IL CATTIVO) wrote:

Quote:
"Dear Peter
no, unfortunately we did not find outtakes and new materials of the film [GBU]
Best regards"

That makes the Technicolor IB print even more interesting. In my opinion, the unearthing of the "Blondie and the skeleton" frames is the most exciting development in the GBU scene for a long, long time! It would be amazing if shots from the Socorro sequence would surface.
27  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Donation on: September 22, 2014, 02:59:44 AM
Hi Peter,

Thanks so much for your generous donation!  Very much appreciated...and needed. Afro

I expect the print will be shipped sometime this week. The seller said he'd be boxing them up next.

I'm trying to refrain from getting too excited but I too am hoping we find some unseen material.

Pleasure  Smiley Good luck!
28  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Donation on: September 21, 2014, 03:23:04 AM
For the life of me I can't find it anywhere. I know it's the desert scene. Please help.



I found the original "originaltrilogy.com" thread again, and I sent a PayPal donation today - sorry for the delay.
29  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / What's the status of the Technicolor IB print? on: September 21, 2014, 02:37:30 AM
For the life of me I can't find it anywhere. I know it's the desert scene. Please help.



What's the status of the Technicolor IB print? Have you raised sufficient funds for the acquisition etc? It would be very, very exciting if the print contains more unseen material.
30  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Please help me identify where this frame is found in the film! on: September 04, 2014, 12:59:09 AM
Great news indeed!  Afro

Peter, thanks so much for responding with an excerpt from the original script. I was not aware of the skeleton shot. Any insight into this Italian print we're acquiring? Given that it includes the skeleton shot, could it be a theatrical release print or something else?

The material is some sort of projection print. Is it possible to get more information from the seller? Is the overall quality good? As far as I am aware, the projection prints were 4-perforations and needed to be projected via an anamorphic lens in theaters to restore the 2-perforation (widescreen) format. Maybe the skeleton shot frames are "waste frames", as described in the article (from the internet) shown below.

Below is a quote from "TECHNISCOPE -What It Is And How It Works" by F R E D E R I C K   F O S T E R:
Film editor Frank Keller, who edited the Sinatra-United Artists' release, "For Those Who Think Young," writing in a recent edition of The Cinemeditor, official organ of the American Cinema Editors, Inc., said: "From the film editor's viewpoint there are a few complications which must be kept in mind as the eventual cut picture negative is set up in a particular manner. Because of extremely narrow frame lines, which would cause negative splices to be visible in the projected picture, each scene of negative is cut alternately on A-and-B rolls and the splices made on overlapping frames. This means that the editor must allow for a few "waste frames" at the beginning and end of every cut in the picture. An allowance of four waste frames is requested by Technicolor, although in a tight editing problem two or three extra frames will suffice."
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