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46  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: The success of OUTW on: July 29, 2017, 09:37:11 AM
As we all know OUTW was far less successful in the USA than the Dollar trilogy.

I've been in Arizona since early 1967.  GBU played here in Phoenix first run in June 1968, and maybe a half-year later Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More were released as a double feature, believe they had not played here before then either.

When Once Upon a Time in the West was released, it played in a very small 3rd-rate theater in Phoenix (Tower Plaza, for those interested), and for just a short time, that's where I saw it, so I think distribution and marketing issues play a big factor in its lack of commercial success (which should be tallied by number of viewers, as opposed to dollars).  It was mostly the long version, with just a few minutes removed.  In 1985, one of the local "art" theaters showed the complete version, and they gave out sheets describing what had been restored for that showing; included stuff like Harmonica waking up on the train station platform after being wounded, etc.

By the way: watch again the beginning after Harmonica gets off the train; the close ups show Strode and Elam from the front, but not Mulloch as he had just killed himself at the hotel.
47  General Information / Film Locations / Re: The arch in monument valley is falling further apart on: July 29, 2017, 09:12:26 AM
Funny thing is, me and my wife actually drove right by this when we moved from NH to CA.  We drove through Mexican Hat and on through Monument Valley and onward towards Page, AZ. This is before I had ever heard of OUTIW, so I would have never known about this arch at the time. 

I've lived in Arizona since 1967, and all we knew about the arch location back then was that it "was somewhere in Utah on the Indian reservation", so not real good directions.  So I never went there back when it was likely intact still, didn't get there until mid 2000s.  I had posted photos then, but think they've been lost in the recent PhotoSucket fiasco so I'm trying this convoluted way:




48  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: were Jill and Brett McBain really married? on: July 21, 2017, 06:34:02 AM
I bet someone faxed a copy of the marriage certificate to Lionel Stander's waystation  Afro
49  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Western Books on: July 18, 2017, 06:48:25 AM
Not a book, but August/September issue of "Cowboys and Indians" magazine has Clint on the cover and an article about Clint, Leone, and the spaghetti westerns.   Mrs. Cusser bought a copy for me, she saw it at the grocery store.
50  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 11, 2017, 08:42:49 AM
I did read somewhere that one of the reasons "FistFul" got made was because the film stock was soon to be expired, and needed to be used.

I think the Techniscope framing helped "push" Leone to his unique style.
51  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: SLWB Films on: July 08, 2017, 09:11:53 AM
I made some cheezy short safety films for work, but most have some spaghetti western or Morricone references or homages in them:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UduszUhiQcE                A Fistful of Dangers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_QeOvt9qEk                Close Encounters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkxwEwyDeao                Get Smart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqRkNiewa7g                Desperate Scientists

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sWphANCx_s              Dukes of Hazards

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkxwEwyDeao               Get Smart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L-Bsc_drFQ                SpillAgainís Island

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URTHHK2_nRw            Greener Acres       

52  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Re: Concerts on: July 07, 2017, 08:01:32 AM
at a baseball game in Tampa Bay (actually, St. Petersburg) now.

We had great weather - not a drop of rain for two days!  Smiley

Note a drop of rain here in Arizona either, for last 3 months.  Only 116F today though.
53  General Information / General Discussion / Re: To the moderator: how about a "Television Westerns" FORUM? on: July 03, 2017, 04:26:54 PM
Today by chance I turned on The Rifleman; the 1961 episode guest starred both Buddy Hackett and Lee Van Cleef, and neither got killed, and Lucas also didn't kill anyone in this episode.
54  General Information / General Discussion / Re: To the moderator: how about a "Television Westerns" FORUM? on: June 23, 2017, 08:08:36 AM
Lucas actually kills quite a few people in the Rifleman series.  I saw one the other day where an Army officer wanted revenge because Lucas had shot his on in a fair fight.  This officer kept swatting himself with his riding crop as he got madder.....

I saw a few minutes of an early Bonanza the other day, remarked to Mrs. Cusser who completely different Bonanza was from a spaghetti western.  Couldn't those Cartwrights afford any different clothes?  At least those clothes were always sparkling clean, and if "the boys" ever liked a gal, she was for sure dead by the end of the hour, the Bonanza curse.  But at least anyone's paralysis, blindness, amnesia would also get miraculously cured by the end of the hour !
55  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Re: Concerts on: May 24, 2017, 11:17:31 AM
Does this guy do concerts?  https://streamable.com/wu5ru
56  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Gilda (1946) on: May 23, 2017, 07:00:37 AM
Yes, I remember Rita Hayworth and her two songs .... That shit gets burned into a feller's brain  Smiley

My dad sure remembered that !!!
57  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Lust for Gold (1949) on: May 21, 2017, 06:37:33 AM
I hiked in the Superstition Mountains once decades ago, and that area is still dangerous.  Plus gold fever, you know.
58  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Re: Ars Cantus on: May 09, 2017, 07:39:27 AM
Interesting.  Obviously the Morricone tunes are much more popular and highly regarded in Europe.

The Spaghetti Western Orchestra was a lot of fun, and had a whole lot less folks.
59  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Dunkirk (2017) - Christopher Nolan on: May 07, 2017, 06:29:55 PM
Joe Wright's Atonement wasn't enough, we've got to go through it all again? Fuck!

THAT bugs you - then don't see it !!!

What bugs me is WW2 stuff where the actor portraying Adolf looks nothing like him ?  Apparently they feel any actor with a stupid little mustache would look just like Hitler.  In these days of plastic masks, noses, make-up, etc. - such an oversight. 

I think the Hitler in "Downfall" was pretty good.
60  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: High Noon (1952) on: May 07, 2017, 06:26:37 PM
The hell you say. So there was no way, in real life, the two actors could have had an affair?

A Quaker gal likely would've been married before reaching 22 years old.  And didn't SHE have parents?
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