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1  General Information / Sergio Leone News / Brooklyn does Leone on: May 14, 2005, 09:20:10 AM
The Brooklyn Academy of Music is screening many of Leone's films this weekend and next.  If you live in the area, it's a great opportunity to see these films on the big screen.

http://www.bam.org/film/SergioLeone.aspx
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Morricone music in Kill Bill Vol II on: May 05, 2004, 11:59:11 PM
I just saw Kill Bill vol II today.   I thought the movie was great.  I was also surprised to hear so much Ennio Morricone music on it.  Here's what I recognized:

- Some of the less-familiar music from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.
- The theme from Navajo Joe
- The theme from Il Mercenario (during the coffin scene)

Did I miss any?

3  General Information / General Discussion / Re:It would really help if you could tell me... on: April 23, 2004, 09:51:04 PM
Interesting stuff.  I took a film course in college and studied Kubrick's  film "Paths of Glory" and in the process learned a lot about it, much more than I had suspected.   But I did try to avoid my favorite films for that because I didn't want to lose the "forest" of a film by only looking at the "trees".

BTW, you may notice that this is not the same login as my post above.  I had forgotten my login for that post and created a new account, but luckily I remembered it now.  Not much difference, though, I don't post as often as I should.
4  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re:Missing scene in OUATIA DVD on: July 10, 2003, 05:48:35 PM
I disagree, that montage always insulted my intelligence, the scene is about Noodles revenge on Max, by refusing to recognise him, the montage sequence distorts that and weakens trhe scene, and I know Leone never intended it. The DVD version is deffinately the better version without it (and If you insist on watching that montage, just watch the trailer)

I totally disagree.  It's not revenge at all.  If Noodles wanted revenge, he would have shot him.  What Noodles did instead is to not acknowledge him, but not out of spite.  Out of love.  Love specifically for the more innocent version of Max that he knew as a boy.  That's why there is the flashback.   When he sees Max he relives those memories, and those are the things he treasures.   It's a great moment.
5  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re:Missing scene in OUATIA DVD on: June 25, 2003, 11:41:02 PM
Just a quick post saying that the new DVD release does have this flashback in it.  First time I saw it, it was a nice touch.
6  General Information / General Discussion / Re:the message board on: May 16, 2003, 07:45:42 AM
Yes, I see by the URL the page from the archives is from 1997.  My own memory is fairly hazy about all the dates...
7  General Information / General Discussion / Re:the message board on: May 13, 2003, 10:34:11 PM
Thanks for the kind words!  

Forgot to mention what a terrific job Cal has done with the board.  He's one of the first people that contacted me about my Leone site back in the day, when he had also put up a Clint Eastwood site.  Now the board has been fully modernized, and the design everywhere is impressive.


8  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Angel Eyes and the elder Zoto on: May 13, 2003, 08:36:30 AM
I am recently reading Jan Potocki's classic "The Manuscript Found in Saragossa", written in the late 1700's or early 1800's.  It's a book of stories that deal with the supernatural, the humorous, the ribald, and the scientific.  One of the stories tells the tale of the bandit Zoto's father, who was also a bandit.    Let me quote from it, and you will see the relationship with Angel Eyes.  The narrarator is the younger Zoto.

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In Benevento there were two gentlemen, one called Count Montalto, and the other the Marchese Serra.  Count Montalto summed my father and promised to give him five hundred sequins if he would assassinate Serra.  My father took the commission but asked for time to carry it out because he knew the marchese was very much on his guard.

Two days later the Marchese Serra summoned my father to a lonely spot and said to him, 'Zoto, here is a purse containing five hundred sequins.  it is yours.  Give me your word of honour that you will murder Montalto.'

My father took the purse and replied, 'My lord, I give you my word of honour that I will kill montalto, but I must tell you that I have given my word to him that I will kill you.'

The marchese laughed and said, 'I sincerely hope that you won't do so.'

My father gravely replied, 'I am very sorry, my lord, I have given my word and I will keep it.'

The marchese leapt back and drew his sword, but my father drew a pistol from his belt and blew the marchese's brains out.  He then went to Montalto and told him that his enemy was no more.  The count embraced him and gave him the five hundred sequins.  My father then admitted to him with some embarassment that before dying, the marchese had given him five hundred sequins to murder the count.

Montalto said that he was delighted to have forestalled his enemy.

'My lord,' replied my father, 'that is neither here nor there.  I have given my word.'

And with these words, he struck him down with his dagger...

I have to wonder if Leone was familiar with this story.  Probably so, this book is fairly well known, and probably is even better known in Europe.
9  General Information / General Discussion / Re:the message board on: May 13, 2003, 08:20:06 AM
Really?I thought Mike created this site originally.Do you know when Andrew created the site and when he handed it over to Mike?

I created it around 1997 or so, maybe 1996.  You can see an old version of the site from the Wayback machine:
http://web1.archive.org/web/19970108073015/http://tortie.me.uiuc.edu/~hyatt/sergioleone.html
That site already had Michael's design, the previous iteration was quite bare.

It was handed over to Mike shortly after, probably around 1998 or 1999.  I was told I couldn't use the machines I had hosted them on anymore for non-work purposes, so I had to offload them to somebody.  Luckiliy Michael was there to host it, and he did a great job in redesigning the site and adding a web board.

10  General Information / Sergio Leone News / Re:New DVD? Yes!! on: April 08, 2003, 03:08:00 PM
This is just wonderful news.

The name Amazon has is:
Once Upon a Time in America - S.E.

What does S.E. stand for?

At 226 minutes, does this correspond to the normal full length version?
11  General Information / General Discussion / Re:Welcome to the new forums! on: November 26, 2002, 09:40:46 PM
This is a great improvement.  Thanks a bunch Cal!
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