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31  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: La resa dei conti aka The Big Gundown (1966) on: November 19, 2017, 06:13:06 AM
I'm dating myself but I actually saw The Big Gundown and Death Rides a Horse and of course all of the Leone films on their first releases on huge Times Square Theater screens.

I also saw all the spaghetti westerns on first run at the theaters.  First (Arizona) was GBU in June 1968, I was 15.  We had heard the "Montenegro" single on the radio, my family liked westerns, and we knew Clint Eastwood from Rawhide.  So several us us kids (including my brother who could drive) went to see it, couldn't figure out why all the Italian names were in the titles....could not believe the excitement/novelty of The Ecstasy of Gold only had to wait like 35 years for almost-complete soundtrack music to be released.  A few months later the two previous Leone westerns were released as a double feature here.

By the way, Once Upon a Time in the West got way smaller release in Phoenix than did Death Rides a Horse, Big Gundown, Day of Anger.
32  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: November 14, 2017, 06:34:04 AM
"The Man that I Married"  1940.  An American woman and her German husband and child travel to 1938 Germany, he gets caught up in the Nazi movement.  Rate at least 7/10, historical snapshot of the times.
33  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: November 05, 2017, 08:07:35 AM
Mrs. Cusser and I watched "Sleeping with other People" last night, cute.  And Alison Brie is a major hottie, hadn't seen her before.
34  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Gun Glory (1957) on: October 25, 2017, 09:01:35 AM
Saw this for the first time yesterday, had never heard of it.  Agree about bad casting for the son, thought that myself.  Granger washed up a lot.

Rhonda Fleming was a hottie then, agree !  Have to catch more of her films...
35  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: October 14, 2017, 08:34:02 AM
Longshot.  A 40-minute NetFlix documentary where a guy accused of murder can only clear himself by proving that he was actually at Dodger Stadium that night. 
36  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: The ubiquitous GBU sound... on: October 05, 2017, 02:42:30 PM
OK, we all know Modelo beer uses Ecstasy of Gold as their theme music.

Last night at WNBA Final on ESPN, Ecstasy of Gold played just prior to the national anthem.
37  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: October 05, 2017, 08:15:12 AM
I saw these film upon initial release myself, and yes the skies were always blue. 

I also saw these all on initial US release as teenager; none of us noticed anything off on the color.  In fact, we had no idea at the time that these were actually filmed in Spain, but we did wonder why there were so many Italian actors in them !
38  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: America's Playboy Hugh Hefner R.i.P. on: September 28, 2017, 09:59:36 AM
I was a Playboy subscriber for many years, but stopped the subscription when the decision was made (temporarily, it turned out) in 2015 to stop nude photos and do "partially nude" photos which didn't show much more than on an American beach; also, other features were dropped then.  My last issue was the first after the magazine reversed that decision.
39  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 27, 2017, 08:34:12 AM
36 Hours (1964) 7/10

I saw this as a kid decades ago, and felt that the way Garner discovers the ruse is good, but that the "situation" that caused such before he was kidnapped was done in too obvious a fashion.  I recently saw a film (can't remember which) where it was too obvious.  In GBU, when Tuco grabs a board from the grave marker one over, one can see that it states "Unknown", but I didn't catch that upon first viewings.

John Banner in pre-Schultz days was in 36 Hours; after seeing so much WW2 on History/American Heroes channels, and my dad serving in WW2, I just cannot watch Hogan's Heroes any more, can't believe that the network actually Ok'd such a show.
40  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: September 01, 2017, 08:05:51 AM
I am sure that lots of his info comes from Frayling. For example, he says that Leone insisted his inspiration in casting Wallach as Tuco did NOT come from his role as Calvera in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN - that is a tidbit Frayling always mentions.

Even if Leone really liked the playfulness of Wallach in How the West was Won, there sure was a ton of Calvera from Magnificent Seven in Tuco.  Leone had to have seen Magnificent Seven over a dozen times ....
41  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: 50 Years Later on: August 28, 2017, 07:42:40 AM
In the USA version, Eli Wallach's name is near the end of the titles, stated something like "in the role of Tuco", guessing some sort of agreement with Wallach.

Is Eli Wallach listed second or third in the Italian, German titles, etc.?

Also, saw this, cute
42  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: August 25, 2017, 11:49:13 AM
Did the original 1967 theatrical cut have the three characters intertitles (Good, Bad Ugly) that come up on their intro and exit scenes, in English?
When I first saw the film which was on UK TV in 1976, they were in Italian.

In USA, yes when I saw it in 1968.

However, I have seen a version that had the "intertitles" in Italian even though it was an English-language version; can't remember if that was at a midnight showing in 1979 or on TV.  When I saw the restored version in the theater for UA's 90th anniversary festival in the 2000s, the intertitles were in English.

"From silent era gems (D.W. Griffith’s Broken Blossoms, Buster Keaton’s The General) to westerns (John Ford’s Stagecoach, Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad and the Ugly) to 1970s classics (Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, Hal Ashby’s Coming Home), United Artists has been a major player through Hollywood’s diverse eras. Many believe the studio truly hit its stride in 1951, when lawyers Arthur Krim and Robert Benjamin took over the studio for a 27-year run, producing both venerable franchises (James Bond, The Pink Panther) and beloved classics from Hollywood’s greatest moviemakers, including Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot, The Apartment), John Huston (The Misfits) and John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate).

The famed New York Film Forum will host an extensive five-week retrospective this spring in celebration of the studio’s 90th anniversary, offering movie fans the chance to revisit an eclectic selection of classics from United Artists’ deep canon. The 54-film festival will kick off with a New York-themed double bill: Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980), in a new 35-mm print, followed by Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1979). The retrospective programming encompasses a vast variety: West Side Story, Midnight Cowboy, Last Tango in Paris and Sweet Smell of Success are just a few of the films on the docket. 007 fans should take special note of the festival’s Bond-themed evening, which will not only include a new 35 mm print of Goldfinger but a sing-along with the classic theme song. The retrospective concludes May 1st with a Charlie Chaplin double bill of his classics City Lights and Modern Times."

43  General Information / General Discussion / Re: To the moderator: how about a "Television Westerns" FORUM? on: August 25, 2017, 08:53:14 AM
Lucas actually kills quite a few people in the Rifleman series. 

Google tells me that in 4.5 years of the Rifleman series that Lucas McCain killed 115 to 120 men, with 246 total killings on the show.  No wonder Mark turned out so weird, his dad was a killing machine !  There are even sites where the number of killings in each episode is detailed.
44  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Lost scene - script and pictures on: August 23, 2017, 11:21:32 AM
I think Leone knew enough that such scene was not needed, audience was smart enough to get it.

Like how Leone focused on Al Mulloch's face at the beginning, so two hours later he didn't have to add to the bathtub scene "Remember when we surprised you while you were stuffing your face, and you killed my 2 partners and shot me, then escaped by jumping through the window pane?"   Etc.

As to the grotto scene: don't we all know from watching old films and TV that crooks can readily round up other crooks?
45  General Information / Film Locations / Re: The arch in monument valley is falling further apart on: August 14, 2017, 09:25:16 AM
You were SO close.  You could have walked to it from the 163, less than 1.5 miles.
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