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8431  General Information / General Discussion / Re: MCA on: February 16, 2011, 07:34:21 PM

The death of the studio system was not a good thing.

Damn right. What really killed the Studio System was the federal government and its BS antitrust laws. The Sherman Antitrust Act is one of the most ridiculous laws ever written
8432  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Poncho on: February 14, 2011, 04:35:38 PM
Frayling has stated that there has been much disagreement over who created the outfit for the Man With No Name
8433  Films of Sergio Leone / A Fistful of Dollars / Re: The First Dollars Film on: February 14, 2011, 04:33:42 PM
I have no idea whether "His last dollar" by Griffith was ever released in Italy, let alone whether it ever had an italian title.
But one thing is for sure, Rio Bravo was released in Italy under the title "Un dollaro d'onore" late 1959 and it was a massive hit here. To the best of my knowledge, there was no other movie released in Italy after WW2  with the word dollar in the title which had such a great success as "Un dollaro d'onore".
So my bet is that whoever changed the title  from "The magnificent stranger" to "FOD",  must have thought about "Un dollaro d'onore". Last but not least, don't forget that Leone when discussing the soundtrack for FOD with Ennio, asked him to create a trumpet sound similar to the deguello in "Un dollaro d'onore" and "The Alamo" (score by Dimitri Tiomkin).

I think Frayling said that Leone initially actually wanted to use the very same De Guello as in Rio Bravo, cuz he thought it was the actual song the Mexicans played at the Alamo! Then, when he found out it was actually composed by Tiomkin for the movie, he asked Morricone to instead compose his own Mexican funeral dirge for the film
8434  Films of Sergio Leone / A Fistful of Dollars / Re: Ramon Rojo: How do you read his reaction? on: February 14, 2011, 04:28:32 PM
I think it is somewhat ambiguous, and intended that way. Ramon gives Esteban a sort of strange look, slightly puzzled. I think it is meant precisely for that reason; you are supposed to wonder: would Ramon have actually done that himself? Can't be totally sure, but maybe not. I believe Frayling said a similar thing on the dvd commentary...
8435  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Gunfighter (1950) on: February 11, 2011, 11:15:40 AM
The Gunfighter is a very good movie.

I'm not sure how it is that every thread RE: American Westerns ends up being a debate over High Noon Grin but I thought High Noon was very overrated.
8436  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Big Jake (1971) on: February 11, 2011, 11:08:06 AM
the only things I liked about it were some really nice scenery and Elmer Bernstein had a good score
8437  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) on: February 10, 2011, 08:48:21 PM
It's watchable, nothing more. Rather disappointed me.

8438  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Big Jake (1971) on: February 10, 2011, 08:46:52 PM
just saw Big Jake. Didn't like it.

John Wayne is the kinda guy who I can always enjoy, even in a subpar film, but I do not like Patrick Wayne or Christopher Mitchum.

8439  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: McLintock! (1963) on: February 10, 2011, 05:59:06 PM
Just saw this. I'm generally not into comedies, but I didn't think this one was too bad Smiley
8440  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU script interest thread..... on: February 10, 2011, 12:25:47 PM
I'd be down for a pdf
8441  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Hang 'Em High (1968) on: February 09, 2011, 04:31:34 PM
I think this is an enjoyable movie, though (as with many films) the love interest crap is unnecessary.
8442  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Fort Apache on: February 09, 2011, 04:26:56 PM
This is a great movie; if I ever actualy decided to sit down and write a list of my favorite movies, Fort Apache would probably be one of my Top 10 AW's

One of the great things I live about Ford's cavalry trilogy is all the wonderful military music. (I am not sure how much of it are authentic military marches and how much, if any, was composed for the films). I can enjoy even bad movies that constantly play the military marches.
8443  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Cinema Detective Question - El Paso Archived Newspaper Binder on: February 08, 2011, 10:40:35 AM
On the other hand, with each subsequent film he was probably more concerned with them than it might seem at first.

I don't know about that; there were anachronisms in weapons even in GBU. Some of the cannons used in the trench sequences were borrowed from a Spanish museum, and were not from the time of the American Civil War

btw, I was also wondering about the machine gun Ramon used to slaughter the Mexican cavalry unit in FOD: I guess the movie is set  sometime between the 1870's and 1890's: would that machine gun really have existed at that time?
8444  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Leonenut restoration on: February 08, 2011, 10:31:03 AM
Although I have not even attempted to go back to the leonenut restoration (I can't be bothered with complex internet downloads), I have found something just as intriguing a few nights ago.

Apparently someone put up the full Italian version of the film of youtube! Even though there is no English audio, any OUATITW fan certainly doesn't need it, and all the extra footage is there! It's quite exciting to see additional shots from your favorite movie for the first time.

Here's the link to the first of 18 clips:

For a side note: Much of the extra footage from the first two scenes made its way into the Scorsese restoration and then from that point on there was no more footage added in (even though there's a great deal of them). 

so this Italian version on youtube is longer than the "full" American version of 165 minutes?
8445  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Leonenut restoration on: February 07, 2011, 04:45:23 AM
I can't understand all the complicated download stuff on that page; it is confusing. If someone has it and is willing to copy it for me, I'd happily pay for it. Please PM me. Thanks
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