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General Discussion / Re: Sergio Leone at Disneyland Resort Paris
« on: January 11, 2006, 09:07:26 AM »
Don't forget Tarantino among the cineast-directors who respects Sergio Leone. Tarantino has been talking about his admiration for Leone since he was first interviewed - and proved his love with the Kill Bill-films.

General Discussion / Re: Spaghetti western comic book
« on: November 24, 2005, 01:37:21 PM »
The first links leads to the trade paperback. 

I read that Jonah has gotten himself a new monthly title, after years underground or in the very good but rare graphic novels. The new monthly is unavailable to me in Norway, though. 

But perhaps this might spark some new interest in the character, not only from die-hard fans. Which could lead to a movie. Still, after seeing what they did to Blueberry when he was brought to the screen, they might as well leave Jonah in the comics.

General Discussion / Spaghetti western comic book
« on: November 24, 2005, 10:16:15 AM »
At last, the classic comic Jonah Hex have arrived in a collection. I have waited for years....

The comic started late sixities, and the inspiration was clearly Leone. It is dark, grim, gritty, extremely violent - but also exciting and funny. The collection runs the classic stories. Sadly, in black and white. The colors were always moody and cool, and I miss them. On the other hand, black and white makes it pretty inexpensive.

A great read, warmly recommended for spaghetti-fans who can enjoy a good comic.

Or what, HEX?  ;)

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: John Wayne as Frank?
« on: June 14, 2005, 09:43:13 AM »
I've read Frayling as well, and I believe I remember that Fonda was the first choice (and Eli Wallach talked him into doing it). But one of the problems is, as Groggy says, that some people put rumours as facts on imdb. It is very frustrating, as many of the anecdotes quoted there are funny and interesting.

When we know that several of them are either lies, or at least very improbable rumours, some of the fun disappears.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:Eastwood as Harmonica
« on: October 06, 2004, 05:24:02 PM »
According to Frayling, Eastwood was indeed approached by Leone for the role of Harmonica. It was very unlikely, as the two of them clashed somewhat during GBU, but he did. Eastwood turned him down, as he was preparing for several American movies and was longing for a breakthrough in America.

It might have been that Leone knew this, and never was completely serious about the offer.

But even as a "die-hard Eastwood-fan", I think he would have been wrong as Harmonica. Would have been fun to see him, Wallach and van Cleefe gunned down in the beginning, however....

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:The number three!
« on: October 05, 2004, 10:21:10 AM »
Not sure if I agree, Groggy. Harmonica kills three men (mentioned very eloquently later) and McBain had three kids, all of them killed. And didn't Frank have three men with him?

I still find most of it ends up with the number three. Three is a special, almost magical number, both in Christianity and even pagan cultures.  

Other Films / Re: I quattro dell'Ave Maria aka Ace High (1968)
« on: October 04, 2004, 08:07:09 AM »
Yea,Eli Wallach is the same but Clint or Van Cleef are not in the film.
the movie is from the "Triniti" series with Bud Spenser and Terance Hill - i dont like it

I saw it when I was 13, and that's a long time ago. I kind of enjoyed it, as silly entertainment with a lot of gunplay. But I doubt I'll enjoy it today.... :-\

Other Films / Re: The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
« on: September 21, 2004, 02:51:04 PM »
Forgot to mention that the new dvd is one of the truly great clean-up jobs. The picture looks like it is brand new, and the remixed 5.1 surround sound is amazingly well done.

Cool extras, too, Eastwood himself has contributed a lot. Even a small, but funny piece on chewing tobacco.

Other Films / Re: The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
« on: September 21, 2004, 06:44:21 AM »

The movie is not without flaws, but I have always liked it and just recently revisited on SE dvd. Some lines are true classics, like my signature. I really like the way Josey just leaves when Lone starts up about the cheating white men. Two points comes across, both the injustice against indians and the fact that Josey Wales doesn't care. And the tobacco spitting is fascinatingly gross, but a cool statement of arrogance.

Sondra Locke doesn't even ruin the movie, as she ruined so many others. I think the end, where Josey Wales suddenly and reluctantly has gotten a family, is great. It shows that even with all his anger and vengefulness, he is - at heart - a family man and is really not cut out to be a loner.

There's hope in this picture, hope for everybody, even for a hardended guerilla fighter and gunfighter like Josey wales.  

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:BURT LANCASTER
« on: September 04, 2004, 06:30:13 AM »
Just watched the 1957 ALEXANDER MACKENDRICK classic, THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCESS! What a movie. And what a central performance from BURT LANCASTER as, what surely must be one of the screens all time bad men, J.J. HUNSECKER!
Can't help wondering what LANCASTER would have done with the role of FRANK?

Burt Lancaster was one of the greats....


It's almost blasphemy...  >:(

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:Anachronisms in GBU
« on: August 12, 2004, 05:31:36 PM »
Who said Leone was so careful?  I think he was a movie maker more concerned about filming new takes on the legendary tales of American Western Films (themselves not too strict on anachronisms) than he was on this issue or realism.  As an example (in OUTW or FFDM) he would apply some cowling or paint to European locomotives and rolling stock, but they are clearly not American.

Yes, you're right. But Leone knew what was authentic, he was quite the geek when it came to historical details. He just abandonded authenticism in favor of what looked and felt cool every time. Christopher Frayling touches upon this in his book.  

Nevertheless, I found the information Cigar Joe relayed very interesting and fun to read.  

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:cemetary location in Italy...
« on: August 12, 2004, 05:19:03 PM »
Yes - Spain.

Hehe hehe, brilliant. And correct. And it wasn't a real cemetary, it was built for the movie.

Blondie can't die, it's impossible...He is the man with no name, he is a legend, and a legend never dies!!!!!!!!!! ;D ;D ;D

But the shot that cuts the rope clearly implies that Blondie didn't die. The grave in the script was a hoax!

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:Does a night pass?
« on: August 05, 2004, 07:26:56 AM »
The mad bit here though is that none of the soldiers woke them and said ' come on, we're off'.  They just upsticked taking everything as quiet as churchmice leaving the two of them sleeping.  A nice touch is the birds tweeting after the ferocity of the battle.  Nature returns!

They didn't belong to any company, so I guess nobody felt responsible for them. Tuco probably slept so hard he didn't hear them break camp, and Blondie didn't care, as everything went along with their plans.

My favourite moment in the sequence is the satisfied grin of the dying captain when he hears the bridge explode. He was one of the most sympathetic characters in the entire movie, an officer that actually cared for his men. So he was granted the luxury of "good news" before he died. Beautiful.  

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