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16  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Django (1966) on: January 27, 2018, 04:27:06 PM
This seems to be a ripoff of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, not FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE

My bad. Thats what i meant. A Fistful of Dollars..
17  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Django (1966) on: January 27, 2018, 03:47:57 PM
Finally got around to watching the Blu Ray of this movie.  It started off pretty good.  The concept of this movie was pretty good, the execution was not.  You can tell Serbio was finding his way with this one.  There are brilliant elements in this movie, but it wasn't pulled off as smoothly as For A Few Dollars More, the movie you could tell was clearly a inspiration for it.  Overall, i give this one a 6 out of 10...

update. I MEANT this movie is influenced by A Fist Full of Dollars...
18  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: January 27, 2018, 12:03:29 PM
I'm glad that you enjoyed the movie but I think the main source for The Hateful 8 had to be De Toth's Day of the Outlaw. It probably influenced Corbucci as well.

I also don't think it's fair to say Leone's westerns look tame in comparison when he was never trying to make a movie like Silence.

Speaking of Day of the Outlaw, i saw the last few scenes of that and thought it was pretty good.  Gonna try and review the whole film. Thanks...
19  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: January 25, 2018, 03:48:20 PM
I'm glad that you enjoyed the movie but I think the main source for The Hateful 8 had to be De Toth's Day of the Outlaw. It probably influenced Corbucci as well.

I also don't think it's fair to say Leone's westerns look tame in comparison when he was never trying to make a movie like Silence.

There are TONS of references on the web about how Tarantino took inspiration from The Great Silence for Hateful Eight. He has even being quoted as saying that.

http://lwlies.com/articles/quentin-tarantino-the-great-silence/

As far as Leone goes, i'm in no way detracting from his films. In fact, i currently have one of them as my number one western of all time, ( The Great Silence is pushing it up there).  They are very different in tone.
20  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: January 25, 2018, 07:24:05 AM
Mike has made numerous documentaries http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1964589/?ref_=fn_nm_nm_2

Cool. I like that.  Great to have his resources and knowledge available on the forum...
21  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: January 24, 2018, 05:35:30 PM
Maybe the upcoming US blu-ray will include some of the supplements I produced for the German release...

What are you talking about? I'm fairly new to the board...
22  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: January 24, 2018, 10:55:46 AM
The Great Silence (1968)  I just watched this. Lets just say that it has pushed into my top 5 western of all time and i'm debating exactly where i wanna put this, even though i got a good idea... 10 out of 10...
23  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Volonte's voice & Voice Actor for the Captain in GBU on: January 24, 2018, 10:53:45 AM
Brothers and Sisters
Again, it pains me to say it but it is fairly obvious that these voices are all done by the same person, and that person is not He.

Further evidence is in other films GMV has done where his actual voice is used (e.g Circle Rouge - with Alain Delon, an excellent film btw!)
I also saw an Italian film with him in it and to be honest he has a fairly high pitched tone, or at least in comparison to "his voice" in FAFDM.

I too was initially gutted when that occurred to me as the rumbling baritone certainly suits a character as emotionally and morally abstract (and downright psychopathic) as Indio. However, just enjoy the method acting and you'll soon get past this initial disappointment.

"Once upon a time there was a carpenter......"

Oh yes.

I disagree. I watched a clip of Volonte in Circle Rouge. He is speakly softly, but the voice sounds the same to me.  He SOUNDS like Indio to me...
24  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Name Your Top 20 Westerns of all time... on: January 24, 2018, 10:42:00 AM
I'm gonna have to make a change to my list after viewing " The Great Silence ".  My top 5 will get shook up...
25  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: January 23, 2018, 06:44:48 PM
WOW!  What did i just see?  I couldn't wait on the Film Movement release, so i went ahead and watched a bad copy on Youtube.  Where do i begin? Let me start by saying this is the RAWEST western i've ever seen. I don't count those Quentin Tarantino horrorfests disguised as westerns.  This was a RAW western.  THIS is what i've been looking for in the "spaghetti western" genre.  No parody or comedy here, in fact, its as real as you can get.

There is soo much going on here that i'm trying to slow down and get a grip on where i wanna start.  Lets start with " Silence ".  I'm not ashamed to say that Silence might be the greatest protagonist i've yet to see in a western.  I've always felt that Harmonica was the baddest, but Silence might be better.  In that bar scene, when Silence cleared it out, that was singlehandedly the greatest shoot out by one man i've yet to see.  I'm still shocked by it.

The Director, Sergio Corbucci did some things in this movie that even today, you might not see.  The interracial affair that Silence was in.  Back in 1968, that was huge.  The ending. The ending.  The ending alone is one of the rawest and pure things i've EVER seen on film.  This is a masterpiece.  No wonder people haven't heard of this film.  I love Leone, but this makes Leone look tame.   The film doesn't pretend, ANYWHERE, to be other than what it is.  It hits you hard.

Klaus Kinski. He graduated from just one of the gang, to a real Loco in this one.  Excellent performance.  Frank Wolff gave a great performance as the sheriff.  Vonetta Mcgee was excellent as Silence's lover.  Luis Pistilli was great as usual.  The casting was superb in this film.  The dubbing wasn't that bad either.

Like i said earlier, i saw a bad copy of this.  I can't wait till the Film Movement release.  I can tell the cinematography is gonna be great.  Speaking of that,  its plain as day that Quentin Tarantino got most of his elements for Hateful Eight straight from this movie here. The whole snow scenario.  The stage coach. The sheriff.  Loco and his gang.

The musical score was PERFECT.  Morricone did it AGAIN.  What really stands out here is the fact that its very different than the work he has done in other westerns, but similar at the same time.

This is a masterpiece. It IMMEDIATELY jumps into my top 5 western of all time.   I gotta let this marinate a little, lol. Whereas Death Rides a Horse is the closest to what Leone has done in that genre,  this movie here is on a different level.  Its different.  A masterpiece...


Cinematography- 2 points Even with a bad copy, i can tell the film is beautiful to look at.

Musical Score- 2 points.  Already one of my favorite Morricone scores.

Acting- 2 points.  It was soo good, i could overlook the dubbing.

Plot-  2 points. Excellent.  The plot was very similar to Death Rides A Horse.

Directing- 2 points.  Corbucci created a masterpiece.  

10 out of 10 and only the 4th film that i have given that rating to soo far. ( pre 1970).
26  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Red House (1947) on: January 22, 2018, 05:00:43 PM
I saw this for the first time recently. It is difficult to categorise. I enjoyed it enough to watch it twice as there was a fast repeat of it on Talking Pictures. I liked watching a young Julie London too. Edward G. and Judith Anderson are great as usual.

I agree. Its difficult to categorize this film.  Its probably one of the reasons you don't really hear too much about this film.
27  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Name Your Top 20 Westerns of all time... on: January 21, 2018, 10:03:30 AM
If we are counting films that are not clear cut westerns, but have western elements, i would have The Treasure of the Sierra Madre in my top 10 or 15 westerns...

28  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Red House (1947) on: January 20, 2018, 06:56:16 PM
Saw this on youtube. It wasn't too bad.   Edward G Robinson gave a great performance as usual.  The plot was ok.  The only thing i didn't like was the semi implausible plot line of having that guy named Teller "guarding " the woods.  Other than that, the plot built up enough suspense to keep you wondering what the heck was going on.  I rate this one a 6 out of 10...
29  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Name Your Top 20 Westerns of all time... on: January 18, 2018, 02:50:49 PM
20... Next to the real masterpieces I choose a few I watch all the time, 'must be a reason for that although other films are clearly "better" Smiley.

- THE WILD BUNCH
- RIO BRAVO
- THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY
- THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
- IL GRANDE SILENZIO
- ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
- RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY
- THE SEARCHERS
- IL MERCENARIO
- GIU LA TESTA
- QUIEN SABE?
- THE PROFESSIONALS
- LITTLE BIG MAN
- IL MIO NOME E NESSUNO
- BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID
- PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID
- SE SEI VIVO, SPARA
- THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
- SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON
- HIGH NOON

Last week I watched the ONE-EYED-JACKS Criterion. Boy, what a great film! Not at all the way I remembered it...


I gotta watch She Wore A Yellow Ribbon and Rio Bravo off of that list...
30  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Vertigo (1958) on: January 17, 2018, 06:58:02 PM
It just played on TCM this week. Itís James Stewart Month on TCM.

Iím just curious: what does it take for you to rate a movie higher than 8/10?   Wink

A second viewing.  This is a masterpiece.  A perfect 10.  I don't give those out often. Only two other pre 1970 movies i have seen get that from me, lol. Wow, this is a great film.  It will take multiple viewings to take everything in that Hitchcock was doing with this one...
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