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...which I read a few months ago. But the movie, adapted by Anouilh, is not, in my book. Visually is quite regular, and it's a pity because especially the finale (modified from that of the literary source ) gave ample room to the director and to dop to reflect the changing mental status of the protagonist by adopting a more daring use of photography and shooting. As it is a give it 6-7/10 (which means Cigar will give it a 8/10) 8) 

General Discussion / Man With No Name Comic Books
« on: January 23, 2023, 01:23:57 AM »
This was a series of 11 issues published in 2008-9 by Dynamite. I bought the first 4 and I doubt I will buy more. The story hints at GBU but it has got nothigng to do with that plot. Apart from the title character (who has not the Eastwood features but wears the poncho) only Father Ramirez appears (in a relevant role) in the story (which is about a loot stolen from the army). The drawing is rather rough, the story so so and you have only 22 pages of the story per issue plus 10 of ads. 5/10 There is also another series called GBU which superseded this one but has apparently nothing to do with the movie.

I can't remember whether the trick had been originated in a gangster movie of the '30s (and signalled here). But in westerns I can't remember one before or after this:

Other Films / The Old Way (2023)
« on: January 11, 2023, 11:51:16 AM »

For a Few Dollars More / The Barman Ducked
« on: December 28, 2022, 03:58:33 PM »
I read ome of the comments on the bar scene

and somebody noticed how at 51" the barman ducked, afraid of a possible shootout. It had escaped me till now because I was concentrated on Kinski's magistral stare.

Off-Topic Discussion / R.I.P. Lando Buzzanca
« on: December 18, 2022, 11:18:38 AM »
At 87. In 1970-1 there was a popular joke about a patron going to a cinema theatre and asking the woman at the cashbox why the ticket price was double of those  of  other venues. "Because we are the only ones not having a Lando Buzzanca movie on the program". This sicilian actor really was that hot in those years, with 3-4 movies shown at the same time in the whole country, mostly erotic comedies. Even a comic book for adults was produced with him as protagonist. But he was really good, even if most of his movies were not: you can appreciate him sporting a good english in After the Fox.

Other Films / Wyatt Earp's Revenge (2012)
« on: December 06, 2022, 03:34:16 PM »
How an italian edition of the dvd( apparently its only form of distribution) came to be would be worth investigating. But really, this movie is of little value, with a level of acting rather amateurish, landscapes which reminded me of those picked up in central Italy for the '70s spaghetti. Kilmer is playing an old Earp recounting one of his adventures and is one of the few pro performances worth saving. 5/10

Once Upon A Time In The West / This was published in 1915
« on: November 26, 2022, 04:06:31 AM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Mise a' sac (1967)
« on: November 24, 2022, 12:56:06 AM »
Well, it is noir because it is almost entirely shot at night. But Parker (Michel Constantin: he surely could play the character) is hardly the protagonist as this is about a caper involving  a gang of criminals emptying various safes in a little town after having captured cops, firemen and what else. The first hour passes without tension, just showing the criminals at work. It's in the last half hour, when the usual idiot who organized the coup but who's actually out there for revenge starts the chain reaction which will cause the failure of the enterprise, that the action develops. 6-7/10. On youtube

In the meantime I can say I really don't remember if the novel's plot was similar to the movie's, with Parker (Peter Coyote: come on. He could play some soft-hearted PI, not a strong character like this one) being haunted by a professional killer hired to kill him for revenge. The last sequence in the amusement park it's effective though longish. The pace is a bit slow in the middle (the search for his friend) but I give it a 6-7/10 anyway.

Off-Topic Discussion / Parker (2013) Best action movie of the Millennium?
« on: November 21, 2022, 05:54:34 PM »
I can't say because, of course, I haven't watched the others, or at least the great part of them. This is the 5th movie based on the Parker character created by Donald Westlake and although the first 2 had Marvin and Duvall playing the lead  (the third one had Jim Brown!; the fourth I have yet to watch) this is the first one which renders justice to the spirit of the series. And Statham, though he may lack the screen presence of the first two, it fits perfectly in the no-frills approach the director and the the script writers have adopted toward the story. The movie is good from the very first shot to the last one; I had feared that JLo might be a minus and instead she adds to the final result (I have read the whole  series of 27 novels 3-4 years ago, but I can't seem to remember her character: if it was created by the screenplayer kudos to him). The criticisms I could levy toward the movie are very few but they are minor ones and all of them are anyway debatable. So this is 10/10. Visually I don't think this can be considered a neonoir or whatever you may want to call it, but as the story is, of course, noir as can be, I'll be waiting for Judge Cigar to settle the matter.     

For a Few Dollars More / Did the Colonel know it was Indio?
« on: October 31, 2022, 01:33:40 AM »
I always thought that he did because: 1) the way he looks at the poster with the sound effect which hints to the fact he would like to kill him 2) that he couldn't have had his revenge because Indio was in prison.  Watching now a reaction on youtube by millenials (or about) a girl remarked that the Colonel realizes it was Indio he was looking for revenge only when he shows him the twin pocket watch.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Killer RIP
« on: October 28, 2022, 04:46:24 PM »
Jerry Lee Lewis, at 87.

Other Films / Cheyenne (a.k.a The Wyoming Kid) (1947)
« on: October 24, 2022, 11:55:17 PM »
This is rather uneven, it might have been much better if shorter. But there are some good scenes (the stagecoach heist, the Kennedy-Morgan shooting, the final shooting) and sometime the plot is intriguing. But the whole is marred by the childish love skirmishes and the incredible Kennedy character naivete. The score has got a distressing leading tune by Steiner  but Going Back to Old Cheyenne  is well sung in a good set-up. Probably additional music was included when the movie was re-didtributed. 6-7/10

Once Upon A Time In The West / Jill's Eyelashes
« on: October 22, 2022, 05:08:00 PM »
I was re-watching a Leone documentary with many interesting interviews and observations (  no english subtitles, alas) and oddly paid attention for the first time at Cardinale's long, fake eyelashes. Now, even among prostitutes, fake eyelashes weren't common and, most of all, there wasn't an  easy way to make them stick (see here: In fact, if we watch pictures of Wild West prostitutes, not only of common girls, none of them sports them.  False eyelashes became common well into the XXth century.

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