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1  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Sartana Your Angel of Death on: June 28, 2005, 12:21:08 PM
I think that this one is better than the original (Sartana pray for Your Death). It tells a somewhat straight story which is somewhat credible and I'm not talking about historical accuracy.  If you like the first one you should like this one, too.

Texas Rangers which I saw lately seemed quite accurate but was little entertaining.
2  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: I quattro dell'Ave Maria aka Ace High (1968) on: May 07, 2005, 04:47:56 PM
It's a very silly comedy played strictly for laughs...w/ Tomas Milian playing a Japanese servant named 'Sakura' (really!) to a samurai ..& is full of bad jokes...w/ admittedly, some cute little  visual references to y moments.
With a farting Japanese pony. Wink Well, that's a pretty bad comedy. The score is however much better than in Ace High. Neither film is as good as the Trinities, imho.
3  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Ugly Ones aka El precio de un hombre (1967) on: April 23, 2005, 01:17:52 PM
Bounty-Killer is good. Taken from the SWWB:
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17. Sabata                                                                           383    17
18. The Return of Ringo / Il ritorno di Ringo               373    17
19. If you meet Sartana,... / Se incontri Sartana... prega per la tua morte 324 13
20. Cemetary without Crosses / Une corde, un colt          315,5    13
21. Bounty Killer / Ugly ones / Precio de un hombre        306,5    17
22. Run man run / Corri uomo corri                306    16

4  General Information / General Discussion / Re: The Ultimate Leone Poll on: April 05, 2005, 09:11:38 AM
GBU. Never drags.
5  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: THE VERY WORST SPAGHETTI EVER? on: March 21, 2005, 10:02:29 AM
I really enjoyed Blood Money.  A stupid film, I guess, but a funny story idea and quite entertaining.  Oh for a map on ladies butts!
Blood Money wasn't that bad. All in all a logical story and production values rather high. My impression of the last scene was that it was shot in Hongkong.

My candidates for worst: A Dollar Between the Teeth and Strange Tale of Minnesota Stinky .The latter is from Demofilo Fidani, worst director of Italy.  Grin
6  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Leone: populist or art-house? on: February 13, 2005, 02:21:54 AM
Son... You obviously haven't watched enough movies...
I expected that kind of reply.

FISTFUL was an experimental attempt by Leone, trying to find his way. Both he and Morricone acknowledged it as such. An experiment that culminated with GBU.
Well received by the audiences. It provided the funds to continue.

And I'm sure you don't understand the extent of the near xenophobic comment you made that the Japanese understand the American west through Italian eyes better than they understand themselves.

Kurosawa was relatively unsuccessful in Japan and from what I figured out Yoyimbo didn't succeed in Japan, either. FOD was pretty well received.  Japanese were more addicted to SW than Americans.  The best and most widely sorted offer of SW DVD is actually coming from Japan.
7  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Leone: populist or art-house? on: February 12, 2005, 02:51:21 AM
Fistful of Dollars is a pretty exact remake of Yoyimbo. The latter is really difficult to watch and to enjoy. If I hadn't seen FOD before I probably would have had an orientation problem.  FOD was probably even better understandable to a Japanese audience allthough I would be interested if I were wrong. Kurosawa had the ideas(e.g. the story with the coffins and the not so good but cool hero) and Leone the knowledge to implement them. Kubrick had a different style (at least he had style) and was more prolific.
8  General Information / General Discussion / Re: THE BEST SERGIO LEONE FILM... on: February 11, 2005, 02:00:19 AM
... FAFDM (which has been my favourite since I saw it as a kid in the theatres at least, if I remember well, 3 times) has none of these flaws: the plot is tighter, fast-moving, never boring. It has inconsistencies, but one doesn't notice them because of the rhythm.

 FAFDM is really good. I first didn't like it so much because it suffers a bit from a classical movie problem. Both the good and the bad have good chances to decide the battle early but for no explicable reasons don't do so. Now after many seeings I'm more forgiving. I really like Volonté. But GBU is better  Wink
9  General Information / General Discussion / Re: A permanent thread for Spaghetti Top 20 on: February 08, 2005, 05:19:00 AM
As both a plausably realistic western and a Leone Lover, lol I'd exorcise the following that I've seen from the list.
Django Kill
Return of Ringo
Pistol For Ringo

I didn't like Return of Ringo, either, mainly because it doesn't feel like a Western. I don't know Django, Kill. It's a Milian and have read many favorable reviews.  I personally like the humoristic Sabata but not the sequels.

If you throw out all these you need to replace them.   Grin
10  General Information / General Discussion / Re: A permanent thread for Spaghetti Top 20 on: February 08, 2005, 03:32:39 AM
In random order, I would at least like to see the following spags in the Top30:

FOD, FOFDM, GBU, OUATITW, Django, A Bullet for the general, the Trinity duo, companeros, cemerary without crosses, the ringo's, stranger in town, the stranger returns, death rides a horse, the big gundown, the big silence, the mercenary, keoma, mannaja, django kill, viva django, day of anger, my name is nobody, requiescant, face to face, sabata, sartana.
That makes more than 30 already. There is a Top 20 list at Sartana Homestead (http://www.sartana.homestead.com/Top20.html) .

1. The Big Gundown 183
2. The Great Silence 162
3. Django 139
4. Death Rides a Horse 127
5. Face to face 99
6. A Bullet for the General 88
7. Sabata 82
8. Navajo Joe 71
9. Django Kill.. 70
10. Companeros 67
11. Day of Anger 63
12  Keoma
 The Mercenary 62
14. Return of Ringo 61
15. If You Meet Sartana....Pray for Your Death 55
16. Run, Man, Run 44
17. Cemetary Without Crosses 41
18. Any Gun Can Play 40
19. The Price of Power
   The Hellbenders 37

Add to these:
A Pistol for Ringo
They call Me Trinity
Tepepa
Sartana the Gravedigger
The Bounty Killer

and then the 5 Leone's .

That could be my list. Good replacements are welcome.
11  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Il mercenario aka The Mercenary/A Professional Gun (1968) on: February 01, 2005, 12:11:11 AM
To Stay away from List:

Django

Django was the biggest success of Corbucci. It inspired  really a  lot of other films. If you skip it you lose judgement. Django is the embittered hero whom we hadn't seen before.

The Mercenary is a favourite of mine, just like Companeros. The first can claim to be the original.

Read the rumor that Hellbenders was going to be released by I think Anchor Bay or Blue Underground.

Anchor Bay has it on its page. Release is supposed to be this fall.
12  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Une corde, un Colt... aka Cemetery Without Crosses (1969) on: January 29, 2005, 06:07:15 AM
There are now some nice pics at Shobary's Site:
http://koti.mbnet.fi/rs901536/shobary/cemetery/withoutcrosses.htm
13  General Information / General Discussion / The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. on: January 27, 2005, 03:04:43 PM
OUATITW is a bit too long but I like it very much, too. It was the first Leone film I saw on the big screen.
14  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Spaghetti soundtrack top 10 on: January 25, 2005, 12:02:15 AM
L'Arena of  The Mercenary
Bamba Vivace of  The Mercenary
LA Resa dei Conti (showdown score) from FAFDM
The opening score from A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof
Vamos A Matar Companeros from Companeros
My Name is Nobody from My Name is Nobody
Farewell to Cheyenne of OUTITW
Man with a Harmonica of OUTITW
Opening of Sabata
Main Theme of Tepepa

15  General Information / General Discussion / Carlo Simi- biography anyone? on: January 24, 2005, 11:43:45 PM
I'm looking for some basic biographic data of Carlo Simi,  like date of birth and death. More data wouldn't hurt, either.

Thanks!

IMDB has very little:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0799495/
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