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13606  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Pale Rider (1985) on: June 23, 2005, 07:03:02 PM
Beebs, the quote is from the Book of Revelations, Chapter 6, verses 1-8 which deals with the four horses of the apocolypse, the end of the world, and all that goes with it.  The line is:

"I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him."

That's "Book of Revelation": singular, no "s".
13607  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Steve McQueen on: June 22, 2005, 05:22:50 PM
Don't forget Wanted Dead or Alive. Season one is available now, I believe, a good one, but you have to wait for season two to see LVC as guest baddie Jumbo Kane!
13608  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Warlock (1959) on: June 20, 2005, 09:49:08 PM
According to some, this was Leone's favorite Western. SL certainly singled it out, and perhaps we can say at the very least it was his favorite non-Ford Western. Certainly the Fonda character resonated with him. Also, it is interesting to note that the film's final act has 3 separate showdowns; talk about value for money (and an early example of a film that follows Leone's 10-minute rule).
13609  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Jason Robards on: June 20, 2005, 04:53:21 PM
He's not playing him like a peon, which is the sterotype most of us think of, I know some Mexicans who you wouldn't know are Mexican until they told you, and a lot of Native Americans with French names to boot.
CJ, Robards is playing the role like the Irish-American he is....like he always does. Look at his Doc Holliday in Hour of the Gun: same performance.
13610  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: How much money does the Man with no Name have? on: June 19, 2005, 05:58:22 PM
Personally, I think Tuco got the drop on him once again sometime between the events of GBU and the other movies, and deprived him of his share of the gold Smiley
Yeah, it's gotta be something like this. He who crosses Tuco and lets Tuco live.......he knows nothing of Tuco.
13611  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Tuco or Juan on: June 19, 2005, 05:54:06 PM
Hey, pal, character is destiny.
13612  General Information / Sergio Leone News / Re: Everything Concerning: DVDs, Posters, and Other (S)W Merchandise on: June 19, 2005, 05:50:17 PM
Don't know if this helps, but the Japanese Faccia a Faccia is letterboxed, not enhanced for widescreen TVs. Also the colors look a bit washed out.
13613  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Jason Robards on: June 19, 2005, 05:46:51 PM
I like Robards as Cheyenne, but do you ever believe for one moment that he's Mexican? Sure, the character was supposed to be Mexican, and he has a Mexican name, but Robards didn't play him that way at all. Good thing, too.
13614  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: John Wayne as Frank? on: June 19, 2005, 05:44:35 PM
The Searchers was actually very much a conscious attack on racism, and Ethan is meant to be a villain or at least an anti-hero. The famous final shot, with the door slamming shut on Ethan is supposedly a visual metaphor for racism having no place in civilised society. Throughout his attitudes are portrayed as irrational and hypocritical - e.g. he views Indians as little more than animals, yet he knows plenty about their customs and language. Along with the racism his character is generally brutal, selfish and arrogant.


If Ethan really had been a racist, he would have killed the Natalie Wood character, not saved her. He talks the talk, but when push comes to shove, he doesn't walk the walk. He has to face his inconsistencies and make a choice, and he makes the right one. He may have even surprised himself.

The door swings shut on him not because he's a racist, but because he's an anachronism. There is no place for a loner in the new world he's discovered.
13615  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Lee Marvin on: June 17, 2005, 10:53:18 PM
Lloyd Bridges will always mean Sea Hunt to me.
13616  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: John Wayne as Frank? on: June 17, 2005, 10:48:22 PM
"I like to think that the glacial Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West is the legitimate son, even if he's the diabolic and monstrous son, of the intuition that John Ford brought to Fort Apache: an unpleasant, authoritarian colonel who violates moral codes and treaties with the Indians, to the point of leading his men to destruction in the Valley of Death."

Thus spake Leone in an Italian newspaper, Aug. 20, 1983 (Frayling's translation).

Not the kind of performance one would have expected out of the Duke, eh?
13617  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re: I know why it's all just a dream on: June 16, 2005, 08:50:21 PM
I have a hard time giving credence to things reported at third hand.
13618  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: So, who likes Led Zeppelin? on: June 16, 2005, 08:44:54 PM
I like the new Robert Plant album a lot. Fans, take note, there is a bonus track on the Japanese CD.
13619  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: John Wayne as Frank? on: June 14, 2005, 01:44:10 AM
No, but I was addressing this specific RUMOR.  Wayne hated Leone's films...
This is what I was trying to get at. The specific rumor loses all credibility when we consider the entire background of the Duke's career. For the rumor to have any substance at all we would need compelling evidence for its support, evidence sufficient to produce a paradigm shift in our current understanding of both Wayne and Leone. Absent such evidence.....it's just another rumor.
13620  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: John Wayne as Frank? on: June 13, 2005, 05:15:56 PM
Not just about the role of Frank, Groggy. Is there evidence that Leone EVER thought of Wayne for ANY part in one of his movies. I'm guessing "no."
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