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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Talkshow: E. Morricone [1-16-2005 video] on: February 22, 2005, 09:40:02 AM
This is a videoclip by an italian Talkshow in which Morricone talks about  chess, music, his last work and S. Leone, referring to the way  he composed for his films.

Language is italian and if someone helps me I  could try to translate some  part.... don't know if someone may be interested to  .. anyway I post the link

http://www.chetempochefa.rai.it/popup_video_tempo/0,9106,14080,00.html

He talks about Leone near the middle part of the clip
You need Real Player to see it!
2  General Information / Film Locations / Re: New location comparison photos uploaded on my website on: January 16, 2005, 08:58:04 AM
it's nice to see that after 40 years +/-  some places look like the same thing seen in the film!

Thanks Ramon! Great Work!
3  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Final Flashback? on: January 15, 2005, 09:20:15 AM
anyway coburn seems to be glad for that kiss, he smiles while they kiss each other...  I read someone said this could be an additional reason for Coburn to kill his friend... but I don't think so... near to death everybody would surely like to remind happiness' moments
4  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Proud of France on: January 15, 2005, 04:03:38 AM
Wow... just seen "Le Grand Bleu" and I must admit that  Besson really loves the sea, the "photography" (I don't know  the technical word you use in english) is great ....brilliant  the idea of the blue filter in the opening scene....mediterranean sea is wonderful!!!
..but I don't like the script , by this way "leon" & "Nikita" are better!
vive la france!

P.S.
this film was denied in italy for 14 years because Enzo Maiorca didn't approve it!   until  Jacques Mayol's death

Mayol & Maiorca
5  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Final Flashback? on: January 12, 2005, 03:08:40 AM
could someone explain  the relationship between the girl and Coburn''s friend? I can''t understand their kiss in the final flashback!    it''s so ambiguous....
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Re: ENNIO MORRICONE on: January 10, 2005, 12:51:25 PM
There aren''t  links to any Morricone''s official site,  here.  Why don''t u add one?

http://www.enniomorricone.it/

http://www.enniomorricone.com/

http://www.enniomorriconelive.com/



7  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Proud of France on: January 09, 2005, 11:27:06 AM
I always thought Besson was a great french director...   and  maybe he represents the future for the french cinema... but now he seems too much interested to the films'' production.    I like to think he took inspiration from Leone for making his masterpiece (as sentenced by imdb)"The professional/Leon"
8  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: TITLE on: January 09, 2005, 09:46:22 AM
every film should be titled in its original language!  often, every attempt to change a title, so it sounds good for the audience, SUCKS!    for instance, italian distributor titled "Citizen Kane" by O. Welles as "Quarto Potere" ...if I try to translate it''s like "fourth power"   Shocked

9  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re:Sergio Leone opus and french serious critic on: November 28, 2004, 05:02:49 AM
Yes, but you're talking about Luc Besson, the most "hollywood" cinema director of all fench filmakers.

He did "Leon" (The Proffessional in US I think) too, Fifht Element and "Jeanne d'Arc".

As you see those movies are not in the european/intelectual style.

Anyway, is Besson a good filmaker? Mmmmm....


some critics think  that  "The professional" ("Lčon" in europe ver.) is an implicit Besson's tribute to Sergio Leone, or however he was  Sergio-inspired and/or influenced, in particular for the  Opening Sequence. Notice that in the first script Lčon name was "Leone Montana".... may be is an accident...
10  General Information / General Discussion / Re:An interview on: May 04, 2004, 01:37:07 PM
Your relationship with music, and therefore with Ennio Morricone.  

Leone:-
I have said, and I repeat it, than Morricone  is the better scenarist of my films.  I could not never go on the set if  I already did not have the music of Ennio.  Also actors, accustomed to the direct shot,  like  Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson and Robert De Niro  found themself , in the beginning,  confused in front of my way of shooting   with music.  But the day that I have  intentional to please them and I have removed music, they  just  wanted it.  Music helped them to enter in the personages and the atmosphere of the film.  Every musical topic, in fact, represents a personage and Morricone, after that I have analytically told him the history  of the film, he succeeds to pick of  perfectly the spirit and the characteristics of the personage.  At the time of  "Ounce upon to Time in the west" there were problems with Cheyenne, cause Ennio had not understood well my way to see the personage.  Therefore, the topic that he made listen to me didn't appeal to me.  As a result of  his disappointment, I explained  newly that the personage had to represent the America in all its contradictions, but this Ennio knew  already.  Then, knowing that he has the need to visualize the personage through something already seen and known, I ask him  if he had seen the film of Walt Disney "Lilly and the wanderer".  He had seen.  "Well" I said , "Cheyenne is the wanderer".  He immediately seated down to the piano and,  he played notes of what it would have become the topic of Cheyenne.  By the way,  I have known that also Kubrik, after to have spoken with me, he  used the music during the shootingsit in "Barry Lyndon".  Evidently, it is a system that gives its yields.



I have some doubt on the exactitude of my translation about  this answer!
is there something that it is not clear?
11  General Information / General Discussion / Re:Searching for contemporary Critiques of Leone's Films on: May 03, 2004, 12:59:49 PM
I don't know if it can be useful for you, but... take a look!

http://www.amctv.com/article?CID=1469-1--0-4-EST

http://www.uwgb.edu/galta/333/bios98/leone.htm

http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/directors/02/leone.html#14
12  General Information / General Discussion / Re:An interview on: May 03, 2004, 12:53:10 PM
I have found confirmation of this to the link

http://www.filmstew.com/Content/ReviewsViews/Details.asp?ContentID=7359&Pg=2

"We also learn that Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef were originally considered (as a sort of inside joke) to play the three mercenaries who are summarily dispatched by Bronson’s agile gunslinger in the opening scene of the film."
13  General Information / General Discussion / Re:An interview on: May 03, 2004, 12:21:19 PM
in the section "you know  that..."  of the web-page above, I found this.....

the beginning scene  of "once upon a time in the west" had to contain the goodbye of Leone to the trilogy of the dollar.  The three protagonists of GBU, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli wallach had to be the three gunmen who waited for the arrival of the train to the station of Cattle Corner and then they had to be killed from Harmonica.  This was impossible, although the others were disposed to make it, Eastwood refused, and Leone therefore killed instead Jack Elman and Woody Strode.

Did you know this?
14  General Information / General Discussion / Re:An interview on: May 02, 2004, 05:42:04 AM
if you don't understand something because of my bad translation you can ask me for clarifications/explanations.





The protagonists of "Once upon a time in the West", Harmonica, Jill and Cheyenne, have a personal musical topic.  Frank, instead, doesn't have it.  Why?  

Leone:-
Because the thematic  of Frank makes part of that one of Armonica.  They are the two faces of the man, and it would have been difficult to differentiate them in music.  For this reason Frank  is introduced from a various arrangement of the topic of the harmonica:  he is the interlocutor of the Man, the other face of the medal, and he cannot exist without the other.  For this reason when Armonica kills Frank  he goes away:  it is just  like if he also died, in that moment  in which he loses the object of his revenge, that it is also the scope of his life.  The harmonica seems to only represent the sound of the destiny. I don't know.That one of harmonica  is one of those sounds I like me, and that maybe belong more to the formation of the noises than to the pure notes.  With reference to this, when  "once upon a time in the West" was to the mixing, I noticed that the first two rolls ((rolls of drum)) did not work as I wanted with the music of Morricone.  Therefore I removed music and I left only the noises:  the flag, the wind, the cicadas, the train, the creaking of the wind, the flaping of birds' wings  .   when Ennio saw the  film completed , didn't know anything about  my choice. At The end of the two rolls he  approached to me and  said:  " you know  that it is the greatest music that I have composed !!!".  Years after, an assistant of George Lucas has come to ask   for the noises of those  two rolls.  When the answer was that those noises have not been conserved ,he has watched  us  like we were inhabitants of another planet.  In America they conserve everything, put everything in boxes.  What a bore!.


(I think this interview gives answers to some previous  topic! I refer to the "Indians" and to musics for istance!)
15  General Information / General Discussion / Re:An interview on: May 01, 2004, 10:35:35 AM
In your westerns we notice the absence of the Indians.  There are the shapes in wood of "the good, the bad and the ugly",   and some walker-on in "Once upon a time in the West", but nothing else.  

Leone:-
I have a mania for  realism, and I could not conceive the pretended Indians  that, at Hollywood,  they made use of , where also Rock  Hudson, Henry Silva and Ricardo Montalban could seem  Indians.  The Indians make perfectly part  of the picture of  West in my mind, but not in my cinematographic view:  if I had to insert them in a film, I would want them authentic, and at present it is nearly impossible to find them.
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