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1  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / El Topo on: June 14, 2004, 01:32:29 PM
Hello,

has anybody here seen the movie El Topo (http://imdb.com/title/tt0067866/)? I've heard it is as if Salvador Dalí, Samuel Beckett and Sergio Leone had made a movie together.

If you have seen it, what do you think of it?

Andre
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Let's put together a Spaghetti Western Script! on: May 30, 2004, 12:33:12 PM
Hi there,

well, maybe the Spaghetti Western is dead... but only because nobody did one for years!

If you had the bucks to film a Spaghetti Western in Spain, with unknown actors, recycling a less known Morricone Score or an original soundtrack by an unknown composer... what would it be like?

What would your characters be like? What would be the basic plot?

There are enough people with Spaghetti Western knowledge here and the passion for it. We just could play with our minds and put together a script with a great plot and great characters!

So, tell us, what would you like to see in a new Spaghetti Western?

Andre
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Where to get those duster coats? on: May 30, 2004, 05:02:45 AM
Hi there,

I absolutely love those Spaghetti Western duster coats, and I always read that Once upon a time in the West made half Paris wear those dusters in 1968.

Does anybody know any source where to get dusters that look like the ones from OUATITW?

Thanks,
Andre
4  General Information / General Discussion / Leones influence on Eastwood as a director on: May 22, 2004, 03:10:15 PM
Hi there,

I just watched the first minutes of "Outlaw Josey Wales" and I'm really disappointed, as with every western Eastwood participated in/directed after GBU and .

Didn't he learn anything by Leone?? The beginning scene is a poor imitation of the similar scene in OUATITW, but it lacks characterization, doesn't establish a mood beforehand, and so completely fails to move the viewer. This is especially disappointing as the scene is the hook to the whole movie.

All the shots are dark, they lack ideas and beauty. The riding shots during the credits at the beginning seemed to me as a "westernized" version of a 1950's "King Arthur & Lancelot"-movie, as "Knights of the Round Table".

And this Yankee-Doodle-ish theme is awful!

And why is "Unforgiven" dedicated to Leone? It's the Anti-Thesis to OUATITW: It's dark, it misses all the mysticism and Leone's cinematography. The characters are un-Leonesque and, for God's sake, I don't want to see any more movies in which Eastwood practices shooting!

Has Leone ever said something about the Eastwood films, as Josey Wales, for instance?

And what is your opinion?

Thanks!
Andre
5  General Information / General Discussion / Quentin Tarantino and Leone on: May 22, 2004, 02:11:25 PM
Hi there,

I've read that Tarantino said he was inspired by Leone. Can you recall any scenes in one of his films that make you think of Leone?

I haven't seen Pulp Fiction for a long time, but there is this scene that makes me think of the final duel in "For a few dollars more": A toester is set up and somebody says the duel shall begin when it's finished.

Any other scenes?

Andre
6  General Information / General Discussion / Searching for contemporary Critiques of Leone's Films on: May 03, 2004, 12:15:14 PM
Hi there,

I'm preparing a paper for university. Most probably I will try to find out, why Once upon a time in the West was a hit in Europe, but the Americans didn't like it. Both in Europe and America each of the Dollar-Trilogy films was more successful than its predecessor, but OUATITW failed to accomplish that in the US.

So now I am looking for original critiques of the 4 discussed movies, both from the US and Europe. Does anybody have any hints where to find those (from the 1960's)?

Most probably a source for european critiques will be the Cahiers du Cinéma. Has anybody access to the english version? And where to find US critiques?

Thank you very much for every single hint!
Andre
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