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46  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Frayling's 'Once Upon a Time in Italy' on: February 05, 2017, 08:49:35 AM
Yesterday, the baby cat jumped up on my mantlepiece and knocked my copy of 'Once Upon a Time in Italy' to the ground; that tore off the covers, made a real mess of it. 

I glued it back the best I could, and contemplated having barbequed cat for dinner....first my GBU mug bit the dust, now this....
47  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: High Noon (1952) on: February 02, 2017, 08:12:02 AM
I liked that Van Cleef was first face in the film, that he played a harmonica, and never said a single word.

I feel Cooper was way too old for the part, and too old for Grace Kelly.

I didn't like Katy Jurado.

We were told in film class - might be true - that pre-screenings of this film were a flop; then the clock stuff and the music/lyrics beefed up.  I liked the build up of the music where it ends with the train whistle.

Waiting a while, or a day, for the train was likely commonplace back then.  Nowadays folks get peeved when a flight is 10 minutes late.
48  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: My review of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly... on: January 28, 2017, 07:50:16 AM
I'd say that at least 5 of the additional scenes are worthwhile.  Most notable: the Confederate outpost, Tuco getting information that Mission San Antonio was only a few miles away, and he might be able to get help there, leaving the mission, all the dead bodies on the way, Tuco telling Blondie that they have a long way to go, will need to cross enemy lines several times.
49  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Cars on: January 27, 2017, 12:40:35 PM
When Mortimer says "Maybe next time" after Clint says "What about our partnership?"

That was a rhetorical response, like Harmonica's response in Once/West when Jill asks him if he'll be back some day, and Harmonica responds "some day".
50  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Wild Bunch (1969) on: January 25, 2017, 10:17:51 AM
I sure don't understand Johnny Guitar at 9, didn't like this at all.  And 23 for The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Huh

Anybody can have a list !
51  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) on: January 18, 2017, 07:53:34 AM
Butch Cassidy is not really a comedy, but it is a film which tells its story in an interesting combination of seriousness and lightheartedness. And that was established by Bonnie and Clyde, which also mixes a lot of humour into its sad and violent story.

One could say the same of GBU, which pre-dates those two.
52  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: 50 on: January 13, 2017, 06:25:31 AM
I think Wallach did an excellent job.  In an American film, likely would've been Award winning.
53  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: "OUATITW: Shot by Shot" by Frayling? on: January 10, 2017, 06:39:40 AM
McBain was a railroad man, (that's how he knew the trains would need water and why he picked Sweetwater for his "ranch") the route was laid out way in advance of actual construction why not get a wagon and haul a few rails and ties out and lay them in place so the station can be built around the tracks, remember he already ordered the wood, sign, etc, etc for the station, when the construction arrives they just have to connect it to what he's got laid out.

Surely some folks would've have noticed that McBain's supplies included some train track rails, and then there would have been no mystery what McBain was up to out there...
54  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2017 Awards Season (for 2016 movies) on: January 09, 2017, 07:22:04 AM
Golden Globes refers to the women's breasts showing there, right?
55  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds RIP on: January 06, 2017, 06:25:20 AM
WTF?  Reynolds best is in How The West Was Won, she holds it together and is what the film slowly revolves around. In a way similar to Claudia in Once.

Yes, Debbie and the family song "Home on the Meadow" hold the film together.  She ages from like 17 to 80 in this film.

Debbie was also great in Singin' in the Rain (was only 19 years old then), had to learn to dance and then held her own with Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor.
56  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: 50 on: January 04, 2017, 09:02:36 AM
One of Ebert's tricks was to see what other people thought of a movie and then adopt that view as his own. GBU meant nothing to him when it came out--but later, after a lot of other people had weighed in, he touted Leone's genius.

In 1974, I asked my film class professor his thoughts on Leone's films.  He said they were worthless pieces of trash, but admitted he'd never seen one.
57  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Searchers (1956) on: January 03, 2017, 07:18:52 AM
IMO, OUATITW cares about the WESTERN MOVIE more than it cares about the actual WILD WEST.

I remember Leone always said he was making films about western films, not about the actual WILD WEST.
58  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: 50 on: January 03, 2017, 07:16:11 AM
June 1968 for me in Arizona.  Never saw a trailer or TV commercial for it.  We heard Montenegro version on radio, and knew Eastwood from Rawhide.  We didn't know Eli Wallach was in it, knew him from Magnificent Seven.  When GBU titles started, not only was that real different, but my brothers and my friend and I couldn't figure out why almost all the names were Italian.  I was 15, but into film music from films such as Magnificent Seven and Time Machine, so was blown away like 2.25 hours later with Ecstasy of Gold through the end.

Fistful and FDM didn't hit Arizona until months or year later, as a double feature.

The GBU print I saw then already had at least one splice in it.  Specifically the few seconds where the gunshots were when Blondie "rescues" Tuco from the three bounty killers.  Of course, I thought it was just the best editing and scene I ever saw, with Blondie getting ready to draw his pistol, then just his pistol out, waa-waa-waa, and the three dead on the ground.  Only upon seeing a re-release a couple of years later, did we figure out we saw a spliced print initially.  But it - maybe by happenstance - was really good; maybe someone can try to make a short YouTube experimenting to match same...
59  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: 50 on: January 01, 2017, 08:37:36 AM
Could it be you missed a first run?

That's possible, but not real likely.  My dad was a big fan of westerns, and we did get a daily newspaper and we all read that.  But it is possible.
60  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Searchers (1956) on: December 31, 2016, 07:21:58 AM
Vera Miles is great in this.

John Wayne is pretty good here, felt he was best in Red River.

Overall, very good film.
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