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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Mad Bomber (1973) Trash Noir on: August 07, 2017, 08:33:55 AM
You see little Noirsville anywhere.

While you see Noirsville even in Blancsville.
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Mad Bomber (1973) Trash Noir on: August 06, 2017, 10:58:32 AM
I see little noirsville here, actually nothing. I see much '70's no holds barred approach to crime genre, very hard to classify. See the very politically incorrect (though in a cheap way) feminist meeting, with the male waiters as counterpoint to feministic platitudes but where the point is the bombing of it. Like if today one were bombing a immigrants rally: who's got the chutzpah for it today? What it does with Connors and Brandt is almost incredible, makes their past screen personas look like wimps. And how Antonio Sabato lookalike Edwards got the job  is a mistery. 8/10
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: August 03, 2017, 10:11:31 PM
Cleopatra (1963) - on a rewatch, 8/10. I did see it on TV years ago, dubbed, and it didn't leave much of an impression.

We agree:

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=10905.msg177888#msg177888
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Scorsese To Direct Another Gangster Epic on: August 01, 2017, 12:36:45 PM
I've just read the book. I'm curious to see how Scorsese will deal with the dark side of politics and the criminal ways the various unions worked. More than in his previous gangster movies here the equation: politicians=gangsters is quite apparent. The title of the book (I Heard You Paint Houses) are the very first words Hoffa spoke to the Irishman. The explanation of the Kennedy's assassination as a favour to Hoffa (and how it came to be that Ruby had to deal with Oswald), the murder of both Crazy Joe Gallo and Hoffa himself are given a quite credible explanation. Of course, can't wait for the movie.
5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Jeanne Moreau (1928 - 2017) on: July 31, 2017, 11:38:11 PM
Never a fan. Like Signoret, she rather made me skip a movie featuring her. R.I.P.
6  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / 500 Nations (1995) on: July 29, 2017, 08:46:18 AM
This 8 parts miniseries produced and hosted by Kevin Costner (and available on youtube) on the history of american Indians is quite solid scriptwise but I can't say is very good visually. The interviews with natives descendants are similar to those made with Nazi Concentrations Camps survivors and give the slant to the approach anti-invaders of the project. 7/10
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / L'insolent (1973) on: July 27, 2017, 06:09:02 PM
Jacques Risser has written about a dozen gangster novels in the 70's. This one was the only brought to the screen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVKzcdW7qnY&t=3417s

It doesn't have subtitles. A pity because I think it is a good work shot diligently by future porn director Roy who, according to the inscription in the novel was also an inspiratiion for the character (can't imagine how, though). And then you have Silva and the usual crop of minor characters played by french staples of the '70's, including future (non active) porn  performer Bernard Musson, a face as striking as Silva's. The movie it differs from the novel as it does without the character of the infiltrated cop, and that actually makes for a better story, though the premise that the bogus road hold-up must be watched by the swindle victim to be better duped finds no acceptable justification  in both media. 7/10

P.S. Risser is the most undervalued writer of the entire french thriller literature. Sure, he's no Simonin or even Le Breton, but his novels are always on a good level and I don't know how many other french novelist in the genre were capable of such a feat. His name isn't mentioned in most french histories of mystery literature and apparently thre's no way to discover on line whatever happened to him in the last 30 years.
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Jeopardy (1953) on: July 25, 2017, 01:56:48 PM
Re-watched this again and agree with everyone.
Except me.
9  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: An Analysis of the Trading Post Scene on: July 23, 2017, 03:53:17 AM
Lol. Is the argument that went on about what to call the tavern, trading post, kwick-ee-mart, a serious one, or are you guys trolling hard? 

If it weren't serious you wouldn't be here.
10  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: The best movie ever made... on: July 22, 2017, 03:03:31 AM
I am new to SL films, and spaghetti westerns in general.  I've only seen a handful of other modern westerns.  Whenever I heard the term spaghetti western, I thought of old John Wayne style movies.  I've never seen through a whole John Wayne 1950s style American western, so maybe I'm not being fair, but they strike me as very boring and ridiculous. 

Boy did OUATITW change my expectations around.  It was nothing like I had expected. 

That makes me wonder 1) how did you make the connection spaghetti-John Wayne. I never saw a picture of Wayne eating spaghetti (maybe it does exist, though) but still I can't figure out what was (and is) your conception of spaghetti western before (and after) watching Leone's movies. BTW, I assume you haven't seen yet For a Few Dollars More and Duck You Sucker. What are you waiting for? 2) Have you watched The Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance? 3) How did you ever come to watch Leone's movies at all, as you seem not to have a particular interest for westerns, let alone spaghetti westerns? 4) In your messages you never mention Morricone.
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Eastwood in Venice on: July 19, 2017, 12:04:05 PM
Next month, for three days of shooting his movie about terrorism: The 15:17 to Paris
12  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Western Books on: July 19, 2017, 11:57:35 AM


A Century of Great Western Stories - ed. John Jakes

A good anthology with classic and newer material, including a not very good novel by Ed Gorman. In his intro Jakes confirms everybody's view  that the end of the western movie came with the appearance of Star Wars. 8/10
13  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Western Books on: July 18, 2017, 08:12:06 AM
an article about Clint, Leone, and the spaghetti westerns. 

Written by?
14  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Western Books on: July 18, 2017, 04:51:17 AM


Louise Barnett - Touched By Fire

An excellent biography, giving a full picture of the times where Custer and his wife (as much a protagonist of the book as her husband) lived.  The debates on Custer's figure and his life won't ever end, but I presume, not being an expert though, this is the best book to start from. 10/10
15  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Jean-Pierre Melville on: July 18, 2017, 12:13:06 AM
Some people on these boards really lower the level of debate/discussion with the constant personal attacks. It's kind of annoying.

Yeah, especially when some people here consider defining another member of the board an "idiot" as paying him a compliment.
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