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16  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: April 23, 2004, 02:27:41 PM
I have recently ordered about 10 non-leone spag. westerns using the the "top 20 non-leone" spag. westerns as a guide.  I have seen Django, Django Kill, A Bullet for the General, Campanerios, Death Rides A Horse, Mannaja, Run Man Run and The Great Silence so far.  I have enjoyed all except Django and Django Kill which are far overated.  The DVD for Death Rides a Horse is horrible and detracted from the movie.  It looks like it is a DVD of the movie being shown on TV.  The Great Silence was my favorite so far.  The cinematography is fantastic and the opening sequence was great.  It reminded me of the lust for the gold sequence at the end of GBU with Tuco running through the graveyard.   I still have Texas Adios, Keoma and one other to watch.
17  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Corri uomo corri aka Run, Man, Run (1968) on: February 28, 2004, 01:20:16 PM
I just finished watching Mannaja.  It is really good.  Very polished, rich and stylized.  It uses slow motion a la Peckinpah.  Good story and again much much better than Django and Django Kill!  Mannaja is not in the list of the top 20 non-Leone Spaghetti Westerns that I got off another Web site but it should be.  Having read so much about Django and Django Kill! I expcected them to be much better but I think Mannaja and Run Man Run are superior in every way.  I would recommned Mannaja and will watch it again before I watch Run Man Run although I will watch it again too. The production quality of  Django and Django Kill! are very poor compared to the richness of Mannaja.  I think I actually liked it better than Run Man Run.  I plan to order more of the top 20.
18  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Corri uomo corri aka Run, Man, Run (1968) on: February 27, 2004, 02:51:38 PM
I ordered the Spaghetti Western box set from Blue Underground.  It contains Django, Django Kill!, Run Man Run and Mannaja. I ordered it because the first 3 movies are all listed in the Top 20 Non-Leone Spaghetti Westerns in the order listed.   I have not watched Mannajs yet however, while I enjoyed the first three I felt Run Man Run (RMR) was far far superior than Django and Django Kill! which are ranked above it.  RMR is much more like a Sergio Leone western in cinamatography and plot/story.  Django and Django Kill! seem almost like parodies and the production value is lacking.  RMR is very good, with great wide shots, great production value and very good and complex, multi-layered and above all coherent plot and I think it is much better than its ranking.   The lead actor Tomas Milian who is also the lead in Django Kill! is a bit of a goof but he is crazy like a fox.   The DVD's are all high quality too.  
19  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:Harmonica's Tearing of Jill's Lace Bodice on: January 04, 2004, 12:52:52 PM
The most simple explanation is usually the correct one.  I think Harmonica knows Frank's men are waiting outside and he rips the dress to make it look like he and Jill have been working or maybe fooling around a bit and are not on guard.  Note Harmonica takes off his gun at the well.  All of this makes Frank's men relax a bit and not start shooting as soon as Jill and Harmonica walk out of the house.  It is a set up.
20  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Derivative GBU Movies on: November 17, 2003, 10:41:28 AM
The 1994 movie Gunmen is a remake of the basic plot of GBU.  It was written by Stephen Sommers who went on to write and direct the Mummy and the Mummy II and wrote and is directing the upcoming Van Helsing to be released in May 2004.  Gunmen did poorly at the Box office and although the script was good when it was made into the movie it was turned into a "rap" star vehicle.
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