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1  Films of Sergio Leone / A Fistful of Dollars / Re:Final scene - thoughts! on: November 25, 2002, 08:45:02 PM
I think Leone went for a kind of mythic surrealism, like Kurosawa, where the anti hero does something outrageously risky to psyche out the villain. He knows that Ramon will go for the heart shot, not the head. Ramon has to prove a point. Leone is never realistic if you think about it. No way he could shoot several men at once with a pistol, the way he gets the guys around Ramon at the end.
2  General Information / General Discussion / Re:Theatrical Showings on: November 14, 2002, 04:17:23 PM
I saw all of the Leone westerns in their original theatrical US playdates back in the 60s and saw DUCK YOU SUCKER in 1971 theatrically. The intensity of the colors have never been duplicated even on the best DVDS.
3  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re:Sergio Corbucci: the westerns and the rest on: November 13, 2002, 05:18:24 PM
Looking forward to BLUE UNDERGROUNDs restored DJANGO and their SW boxed set. Don't know if I can afford it. Better start saving now as it seems a must have for SW fans.
4  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:The best movie ever made... on: November 13, 2002, 03:31:43 PM
It's my favorite Leone/Italian western. Someday I  hope to have it on DVD. The only western I like better is THE WILD BUNCH.
5  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:Box office dollars on: November 12, 2002, 09:43:25 PM
I would say even less than a quarter of the 500 plus SWs were released in the US theatrically. TV, cable, is where a lot of them first got shown here. I remember seeing THE BIG GUNDOWN at a drive in.
6  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:Box office dollars on: November 12, 2002, 09:07:52 PM
Thunderball is still the biggest grossing Bond film according to an article I just read. What's the biggest grossing Italian western? How much did DJANGO make? It wasn't even releasedin the US, was it?
7  Films of Sergio Leone / A Fistful of Dollars / Re:Actors on: November 12, 2002, 08:44:05 PM
Steve Reeves, Harrison are names that are mentioned. Reeves was pretty good in LONG RIDE FROM HELL, but can't imagine him as the man with no name. He lacks moral ambiguity which Eastwood got perfectly.
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Web Site Announcements / Re:Problems loggin on on: November 12, 2002, 06:30:06 PM
I had to change my security setting from Medium to Medium-Low and then shut the browser down. After I booted back up I was finally able to post after many failed attempts. Hope that helps.
9  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Sergio Corbucci: the westerns and the rest on: November 11, 2002, 08:40:15 PM
DJANGO, THE GREAT SILENCE and COMPANEROS are three of my favorite SWs and he did good work in the epic genre in the 60s. But what happened to Sergio after 1970? A great director one decade, unrecognizable from Bruno the next two! I saw that thing with Spencer and Ernie. Man, it was depressing! What happened?
10  General Information / General Discussion / Re:Welcome to the new forums! on: November 11, 2002, 08:35:00 PM
Terrific board! Thanks for helping me logon. I'm going to try and get Southwood over here when life's calmed down for him.
11  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / The Greatest single moment in a Leone film on: November 11, 2002, 08:30:29 PM
is in GBU when Blondie tenderly puts his cloak over the dying soldier and gives him a puff on the cigar. Totally revealing of a suprising side to a well known character. It moved me when I first saw it in 1968 and still does.
12  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:Box office dollars on: November 11, 2002, 08:28:27 PM
Since this is a brand new board, I figured I'd start some posts.


Does anyone know how much money this film made at the box office?


Frayling reports the exact figure.
13  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re:Opinions on this film? on: November 11, 2002, 08:26:10 PM
What do you think. Did yo ulike it? Could it have been better? I found it a tad long but still very very good. What did you think?

Great, bloated, overlong-yes, overeverything, but still great. Leone got the idea of the garbage truck from reports that one was parked outside of Jimmy Hoffa's residence for a day at the time he disappeared. Wood's disappearance is a mystery... I'm glad it's a mystery. Leone's most mysterious and morally ambiguous film. Like THE WILD BUNCH a film about men, for men. The hatred of women is vitriolic. It's a giant graveyard containing every image of every gangster film ever made half buried under the rich earth of poetry, cynicism, regret. It all works toward that oblivion seen on his face in the opium den in the last image. Leone was a poet of oblivion.
14  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Other favorites on: November 11, 2002, 08:19:32 PM
SAM PECKINPAH in the western genre.  He took the nihilism of Leone, also the stylized violence of Kurosawa (as did Leone), the Romance of the loner/outsider/superannuated 19th Century American, and created his own crimson stew. THE WILD BUNCH and the very underrated BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE are my two favorite US westerns.

JESUS FRANCO: made one Spanish western EL LLANERO (1963) and about 150 horror, exploitation titles including FEMALE VAMPIRE, EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN, DRAUCLA PRISONER OF FRANKESTEIN and SUICIDE GAMES IN CASABLANCA all with  SW "face: Luis Barboo in henchman roles. What can I say. EL LLANERO and THE SADIST BARON VON KLAUS look great with NO zoom shots. A unique no budget stylist and EUGENIE, VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD contain two of the greatest Nicolai scores.

RICCARDO FREDA: one mediocre SW and the glorius pepla, TEODORA, SPARTACO, GIANTS OF THESSALY, MACISTE ALL CORTA DEL GRAN KHAN and THE GHOST. In 1996 I published a detailed monograph on his career thanks to Craig Ledbetter in ETC SE #2. With Leone and Bava, a giant of Italian genre filmmaking.
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