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1  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Spoof westerns as training films on: July 21, 2005, 03:11:58 AM
I was watching 'Nobody's The Greatest' (aka The Genius) last night with my two kids (boy and girl 8 & 5). They sat through the entire 117minutes without complaint and i remembered back to my childhood and how I saw a lot of Terence Hill and Bud Spencer films. Most of these are utter rubbish in every way, but fun for kids because of the cartoon violence - but the better western spoofs (My Name is Nobody, Nobody's the Greatest, They Call Me Trinity etc) are actually very well crafted films, benefitting from crew memebers who worked on Leone's greats (Simi, Morricone, Valerri  etc).
It struck me that these films could be very useful in turning young people on to a wider experience of film, more than the diet of animated blockbusters they are served these days ever will.

If you have kids, get a copy of Nobody, or Trinity and see for yourself.
2  Films of Sergio Leone / A Fistful of Dollars / Re:replica poncho on ebay on: May 08, 2003, 09:14:01 AM
I read a few days ago (could have been in 'Spaghetti Westerns') that the same Poncho was used throughout and didn't get washed once - which I suppose could explain any odd colour changes Grin
3  General Information / General Discussion / Re:What would have been his next film? on: April 23, 2003, 09:17:19 AM
'Gangs of New York' was obviously Scorcese's attempt to 'do' Leone in my opinion.
There were so many elemts that were clearly Leone influence, some of which
 he got right and some which he got very very wrong.
I think if the Scorcese had worked out a more intense sound design and had Morricone
score it it could have come close. Using U2 on the soundtrack was an absolutely shocking mistake
considering the effort he put into authentic period setting elsewhere.
If Sergio had had the opportunity though I believe he would have been interested in the project -
it fits nicely between 'West' and 'America'.
4  General Information / General Discussion / Re:"Duck, You Sucker!" vs. "Fistful of Dynamite" on: April 23, 2003, 04:29:32 AM
So , mrmgmguy - Duck, You Sucker it is then!

Do you think these prints will make it to London eventually?
I think I could spare a few quid to go and see my all time favorite films
on the big screen, but I can't afford to travel to NY for the experience.
5  General Information / General Discussion / Re:"Duck, You Sucker!" vs. "Fistful of Dynamite" on: April 23, 2003, 03:05:45 AM
Hello - first post and everything, and I don't know how much more there
 is to add on the relative claims each title has to authenticity but I would
say that in the recent documentary 'Something to do with Sergio Leone' (I think)
 that aired on BBC2 (and still gets a showing now and again on the Biography
 Channel), James Coburn recounts an anecdote about Sergio insisting that 'Duck,
 You Sucker' was a common phrase in America - despite James and Rod's advice
otherwise. Sergio was set in his ways and insisted that this line was to be used
throughout the film. Grin
My copies of the film (Warners original home video release, and the BBC2 'uncut'
version) both end with the 'Fistful of Dynamite' tag.

Salute
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