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16  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: My DYS Review on: March 09, 2011, 06:14:55 AM
Yeah, it's yukkier than a Jason movie (at least, That's all Fake!)

Can you imagine taking a Date to this- Yukk! Shocked

The Clint Eastwoods are real hero/romantics. Just about everyone I know likes them (although may not love them.) They are torn between spaghettis and John Wayne.

The Eisenstein approach I should have thought of.  I  Did a report on Battleship Potemkin in High School. Mahalos! Afro 

 The stuck-up bourgeoisie/upper class are well represented. Plus the background  of the early revolution.  And,the fact it eroded into 4 revolts and several civil wars, splintering off as they quite often do--Juan's tirade in the San Ysidro cave. Many poor were against the American Revolution--they relied on the British backing them. The  Mex Rev was a real grassroots, the peons suffering the most and originally  starting it.

 Mahalos! Afro

17  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: My DYS Review on: March 07, 2011, 12:09:31 PM
I can see from an artsy point of view,the eye contact, the symbolism of the cherries.

Bit off-topic, I know:

But the closeups of people eating--there is an oral, tonsorial theme throughout  the movie--I can do without. I.E; Juan's boy giving a haircut; Juan cooking; Gunther Ruiz sucking eggs (of course, this is to establish his awful character.) The hair cutting reminds me of Edward G. Robinson getting his ugly face shaved while Bogey and other hostages have to watch.

Still, I don't miss the torture scene of Dr. Villega being cut. Would you like to see That, too?

I wish the scene of Juan force-marching John thru the desert was left in. Perhaps it seemed too much like the scene in TGTBATU?
18  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: My DYS Review on: March 07, 2011, 11:11:08 AM
Not Fair--Don't be so quick to judgment,

This movie was a delight of Saturday Afternoon adventure fare. I never realised the British were so cruel. My Dad denied it. I have since learned and sympathized with the Irish cause (See "Michael Collins"). The movie's politics were imposed '60's and '70's, true; the fact the I.R.A. had reared its ugly head the week before messed it up some  for me--the whole audience went:"Ummmph..." when Juan displayed Juan's green flag. But,  the I.R.A. has downgraded from noble knights in the early 20th century to random splinter factions, financed by drugs, (so has the Hell's Angels).

Its haunting themes, although weird at first, are common to all Leone's. Possibility the  best of all. Who can't forget the themes to "A Fistful of Dollars " or "The Good, the Bad, and   the Ugly"?

It's only too bad it is obscure. Perhaps the rape scene in the beginning kept it from broadcast TV?  I could live without  most of the first 20 minutes..but it sets Juan's nasty character. This, of course, changes as the Revolution affects him, personally.  These changes, from a  grudging partnership to deep friendship from a common bond make this unique and, in some ways,  one of Leone's best.
19  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Synopsis on new board on: March 07, 2011, 10:40:40 AM
The synopsis on the new board; "A Fistful of Dynamite", states  the movie is: " Never on Cable". Far From it! It was on several times at least one week in 2004, on TNT, or Turner Classic Movies, I forget which. There were scenes in it  I had never scene in the Theater (But, the F** words, and Juan flipping off John after he is carried away from El Banco, were cut. Maybe this was AMC, as they cut up movies? I distinctly remember these "dirty" scenes as a 14 y.o.)  Anyway, I had to get the Disc after this--Saw a Lot of scenes that had been  deleted! (Some just shortened the movie.)  A lot in the book was explained.  I have seen been "spoiled"  in that any movie less than 2 hours is not worth it; even 3 hours sometimes barely fully develops the characters. Note how Oscars go to long, epic dramas--Ten Commandments, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr, Zhivago, Titanic, etc?
20  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: David Warbeck as James Bond 007? on: July 29, 2007, 06:13:10 PM
David Warbeck? You mean the actor who played John's friend, Sean Nolan?  We could do worse.  I didn't care for Rog. Moore, he still was The Saint, to me, and got awfully old- looking towards his last Bond film.  Looked like he was a pediphile. I hated Geo. Lazenby as Bond--he even married  Diana Rigg in the movie!   Tim Holt wasn't bad. Very intense.  Pierce Brosnan, not bad but I hear he got to money grubbing.  Chris Erics (s.p?) was the worst bond EVER.  I'm glad he kept identifying himself--I kept forgetting he was supposed to be J.B.  He looks like a kid, not a man, like Sean (blessed!) Connery.
21  General Information / Trivia Games / Re: Dollars Trivia on: July 28, 2007, 09:18:48 PM
Heironimus Bosch? (s.p.) Belgium?
22  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Rod Steiger died five years ago in this day... on: July 20, 2007, 11:17:45 AM
    I remember Corurn always in my mom's Rheumatoid Arthritis magazine.  Such a waste that he got such an awful disease!  (Guesss his dynamite-tossing days were over.) That always reminded me of Steiger--they died the same year.
23  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Duck, You Sucker James Coburn caricature! on: July 20, 2007, 11:15:07 AM
  Ha!  He resembles  Van Cleef!  Where do they sell those?
24  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Do you feel DYS is a western? on: July 20, 2007, 11:13:26 AM
  Not "strictly" a Western. Perhaps a Zapata western, and, much of Mexico lies, technically, as far east as Kansas City, and is jungle, not the typical Hollywood desert.   It is like saying Canada is "west", even though much of it is east of the Continental Divide, also.
  Still, who cares, DYS is a lot of eye candy, especially those inexplicable explosions before Juan  stops him.  I love the blast which sends a boulder tumbling just to the audience's left--I'd pay to see it again in a theater.
25  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: greatest explosion ever!!!! on: July 19, 2007, 12:05:32 PM
P.S:--I consider people who like to blow up trains more as "Gomez Addams" than terrorists.  Didn't Lawrence derail a few?  He enjoyed odd things.
26  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: greatest explosion ever!!!! on: July 19, 2007, 12:01:27 PM
       Tucumcari--I have a mint copy of the  AFOD album (L.P.) for $1.00 on eBay.  Can send you a cassette copy, free.

    Also, I think the bridge explosions in DYS and TWB are two of the best ever.  Better than the mothball-and-gasoline fireball simulations in modern movies.  I wonder why they weren't mentioned in "Explosions for Entertainment" on "Blast Masters" on HBO?  It listed the ship explosion  in "Blown Away" as the "greatest movie explosion EVER", to my great exception.
27  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Sean's motorcycle on: July 18, 2007, 04:33:00 PM
 Yes, the one by James Lewis.  I don't know how well it comparies to the original story or screenplay--guess it's "in the script".
28  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: greatest explosion ever!!!! on: July 18, 2007, 04:31:01 PM
As far as the music goes--my album simply calls it : "After the Explosion."  I hear a bit of a mix of most of the music in the film.
29  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: IRA or IRB historical mismatch on: July 18, 2007, 03:27:31 PM
I read in the book that John  had been a train engineer for  six months, maybe 10, 15 years ago.--Also he had done some mining in Ireland.  ??
30  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Sean's motorcycle on: July 18, 2007, 03:21:25 PM
In the book, John steals a Motorcycle from the tax assesor's office, where he also gets more dynamite.  The bike is described as a new, black German make (BMW?)  The motorcycle he rescues Juan on resembles his olive Harley to me, though. BMW's always have a two-cylinder, air cooled, sideways engine like a Volkwagen--called a "boxer configuration".
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