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One of my best moments is in 'The Good The Bad And The Ugly'. However this is one of the scenes in  Italian  on the dvd. Angel Eyes comes across a ruined Confederate fort. The camera just glides magically through the setting. Morricone's music is poignant and Angel Eyes looks affected by the waste and carnage. A true demonstration of the depth of acting from Van Cleef and true brillance in direction from Leone.

In  the film 'My Name is Nobody' the opening scene in the barbershop and the beautiful scene where Fonda rides in New Mexico to the Indian graveyard. Morricone's music just lifts you to a state of reverence for the setting. The Italians are the best!

Once Upon A Time In America / Re:How could it possibly be a dream?
« on: October 04, 2003, 09:03:44 AM »
It is an interesting topic to discuss, but what people have got to remember about the idea of it being a dream to Noodles is that Sergio did not fully endorse or agree to this reason for Noodles' smile at the end.
Leone deliberately left the ending ambiguous.
'I say it here, I deny it there' was the comment translated from Italian that Sergio gave according to Prof Frayling.
To me it is pretty obvious why Noodles smiled. The opium had started to take effect and he was on another plane hence the soaring vocal music.

A Fistful of Dollars / Re:Fistful
« on: January 10, 2003, 10:28:40 AM »
Yes I noticed him trip up and I think it looked realistic...don't forget he was still recovering from his recent beating at the hands of the Rojos.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:The best movie ever made...
« on: November 17, 2002, 11:21:55 AM »
In my opinion,Once Upon a Time in the West is not only the best western but also the best movie ever.In fact,OUATITW made me become interested in the movies of Sergio Leone and in spaghetti westerns more generally.

This movie has it all:fantastic music,good plot,picturesque landscapes,and,of course,characters that are greater than life.Nothing can surpass this masterpiece.

I agree with you excellent film. Whats your favourite part of the film? Mine is when Claudia Cardinale realises no-one is going to meet her at the station. The main theme starts to play quietly then the camera moves slowly and sedately, stops outside the ticket-office as she asks directions. Then the camera rises majestically in time to the soaring music to reveal the new town and her walking with her driver. There are plenty more but that will do for now. Pure art.

Duck, You Sucker / Re:Thoughts on this film
« on: November 17, 2002, 11:13:20 AM »
I'll admit, I've never seen this movie in its entirety. The parts I did see were good but I'm not sure if I'd place it in the same ranks as the "Dollars" triology. It's  a very different kind of film. Opinions?

It is a great film full of action and skillful camera work. I had a friend who bought me the Italian version from Italy, and without understanding Italian the visuals and the music were tremendous. The soundtrack is comic at times, but also tender and sentimental and kind of catchy. I always whistle the James Coburn theme coupled with the 'Sean,Sean, Sean! chant. The score proves Morricone's greatness as he composed an Irish theme. The flashbacks filmed in Co Wicklow in Ireland are beautifully filmed with a soft-focus filter. The acting is excellent as well Rod Steiger showed all the emotions of the spectrum.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:The role of Harmonica
« on: November 16, 2002, 01:09:48 PM »
Well in response to that Sergio's angle on having Clint, Lee and Eli as the gunmen was to blast away the 'Dollar' style films and usher in a new,more serious film. I agree that Clint is faster than Bronson though!

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:The role of Harmonica
« on: November 14, 2002, 04:05:17 AM »
Yes it would have been intriguing to have Clint in the role of Harmonica, but I think that Bronson acted superbly and Eastwood would not have bettered his performance. Rememeber though that Clint, Lee Van, and Eli were offered the roles of the gunmen who get shot down just after the credits. Lee Van and Eli agreed, Clint refused. To me that would have been very intriguing! To shoot Clint down after the credits would have been audacious at that time and even thinking about it now seems a bit crazy, but what made Leone a great artist and director was his ability to surprise and also to downplay violence. After he got away from the 'Dollar films he became more reflective and his greatness shone through. Even with 'The Good...The Bad he showed the futility of war. Anyway what do you think?

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