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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Gabriele Ferzetti - R.I.P.
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:35:38 AM »
Sad news. I was wondering recently whether he was still alive and now he is gone.

He was also in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (I believe as Tracy's father if I remember correctly) as well as other notable films in that era. He will be missed.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU drops to #6 on IMDB
« on: January 05, 2016, 07:22:29 AM »
Yeah of course the vote limit is a key element, but it is at a major disadvantage to older films and foreign films which don't have the same coverage. Not that it matters, there are plenty of other sources to see the top films ever made.

I've only ever seen 'The Mirror' and 'Solyaris' but both great films, I really want to see 'Stalker', but there are 100s of film that can fit in the same category.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU drops to #6 on IMDB
« on: January 05, 2016, 05:24:47 AM »
Better The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Pulp Fiction, GBU and Fight Club should be dropped of the list, they are just too good for such a list. ;)

I was about to  :'( but then I got to the end of your post.

I like IMDB because it's made me discover a tonne of movies that 20 years ago, would just not be possible; especially the information about silent films. It really is an amazing tool, but the other side of the user input isn't as great and the Top 250 list is obviously based on popularity which negates it. Still, I must admit when I first got into movies in the early 2000s (when GBU was probably about #20) I used the 250 as a guide to watch the "best movies ever made"; AND The Shawshank Redemption is a great movie, but I was a fan before it was cool to like it  ;)

I really think that a major problem now is that a lot of movies in the past 10 years or so that are being produced in Hollywood aren't that great, but I have an idea that the studios somehow manipulate the IMDB voting system so most blockbusters appear on the list during the first couple of weeks of release.

Duck, You Sucker / Re: So what title best fits this film?
« on: January 05, 2016, 04:47:58 AM »
I agree with the previous poster, I would have gone for 'Once Upon a Time... the Revolution' as part of the second trilogy. I quite like 'A Fistful of Dynamite' though, very punchy. 'Duck, You Suck' is just a bit lame, but I don't mind it when Coburn says it in the film.

Duck, You Sucker / Re: Thoughts on this film
« on: January 05, 2016, 04:43:40 AM »
I just rewatched this film for the first time, after only seeing it once 10 years for the first time.

Back then I was 19 years old and perhaps my film and general world and historical knowledge was somewhat limited. I found it quite long and laborious in comparison to Leone's other films, but I decided to watch it again. It really was like watching a different film, I really liked it and whilst I still think it's probably the weakest out of the 6 main films, it would be a highlight of any other director's career.

What I really appreciated this time was Rod Steiger's Juan. I read a few criticisms that he's not as good as Tuco and indeed that Steiger and Leone had an argument as to how the character should be portrayed. I think Steiger's characterisation was solid and best fit the overall town of the film and the history. He is a vile bandit at the start and then through his own actions (with John's assistance) he realised the importance of the revolution for himself. Although of course he was partly right about Revolution when he said about "the middle class read and plan the attacks but it's the poor who carry out the jobs" (I'm paraphrasing). Especially when Dr. Villegas (sic?) "informed"; but I was glad that John lied at the end to Juan to help him continue his belief in the revolution and additionally that his family died for a just cause.

Even though I believe it's Leone's weakest, I would say that it's his most intellectual and profound work and I really admire it. Admittedly I did watch the original DVD version (147 minutes?), but I will buy the Special Edition as I have all the dollars in that same edition case too (as well as the original DVDs). One thing I'm not a massive fan of in the movie is the soundtrack, some of it's really good, but I think overall it's a bit out of sync with the rest of the film.

Duck, You Sucker / Re: Nolan
« on: January 04, 2016, 03:23:27 PM »
Yes, he even does a nod implying to John for him to kill him. Although it cuts back to John with the Doctor and John says about not being to judge him or something along those lines.

I just watched this film again after 10 years and I like it a lot more now than when I first saw it. It really is quite nuanced (mainly because of Steiger I guess), but it fits perfectly between the Once Upon a Times....

 OK well to me the film seemed pretty much exactly the same, the only bit that seemed different was the opening 20 minutes, they may have added extra shots, but I'm not sure. When Harmonica gets shot, he gets up again. The part about the chess piece is not in it, as for Farewell to Cheyenne it plays as he leaves the station, then the Finale is played, before the credits appear and Cheyenne's Theme is played once more.

 I went with 2 friends, 1 who had never seen it before, the other whose father regards it as the greatest film ever. My friend who had never seen it, loved it, which I was pretty sure he would, but there's always that element of doubt. Another thing we agree on was that we needed to visit a whorehouse in New Orleans.  ;)

 It was the first time I'd been to the BFI Southbank, and it's an amazing cinema, I now have annual membership £20, and recommend it to anyone who lives in London. The theatre was more than half full and I think me and my friends were pretty much the youngest there (24, not that young). I thought Tarantino or Frayling might be there too because Tarantino's new film premiered here last night, and Frayling lives in the area and is a Governor at the BFI. I didn't see them, but I didn't look too hard, as the film pretty much started immediately and I left immediately. All in all a great night, I'm half tempted to go and watch it again.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Remakes That Beat the Originals
« on: July 23, 2009, 11:22:18 PM »
 Herzog's Nosferatu is very serein, whilst not a film I regard amongst the greats, it's certainly a very interesting film, and let's face it Kinski is very watchable. I've only seen a couple of Herzog's, I find him quite tough to really love though, some of his films are just too slow for me. I think 'Aguirre: Wrath of God' is my favourite of his.

As for remakes that beat the original how about the Bourne Identity.  O0

Tuco would spend it on his wife and child

OK, I'll try my best. I remember the rising from the dead, and Farewell to Cheyenne at the end of the movie. I hope this version doesn't have a clear picture of Frank when Harmonica's brother is hanged, one of my friends hasn't seen this before. It would destroy the ambiguity of Harmonica's appearance.

 I would think that anything I haven't seen before I would notice, but then again it was one of those films where I notice more things on further viewings anyway.

I really need to brush up on my knowledge of this film, as my memory is quite hazy. I remember trying to find out about the differences between the alleged cut years ago, but now my memory of even my DVD version is in doubt.
 The only version I've seen is the International Release 165min (Region 2- UK). I'm very interested to see this edit, but at the same time a bit worried I maybe unable to recognise some of the difference. I'll try to watch my DVD version after the screening.

Man I'm jealous.  Have fun!   O0

Thanks, I will!  I haven't watched OUATITW in about 3 years now. I watched it about 4 or 5 times though in the space of 4 years before that though. I'm tempted to go and watch it a couple of times at the BFI, just to make up for lost time. Plus the wait is killing me.

Here's a link to the BFI website if anyone's interested:

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: coolest line clint delievers
« on: July 21, 2009, 03:51:48 AM »
That 'die alone' quote is pretty cool.

My absolute favourite though from Clint is "such ingratitude, after all the times I've saved your life..."

 Just to let you know this is being screened from Friday 24th July for 2 weeks at the BFI on Southbank. I'm going with a couple of friends. It's also being shown at a cinema in Mayfair, and will be shown in Edinburgh at the end of August. This will be the first time I've watch a movie at the cinema that wasn't during it's first release. I always wanted to do it with GBU, but have always forgotten to go when shown.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Who is the hardest Bronson?
« on: May 05, 2009, 04:15:39 AM »
Haven't been on these boards for a while, but in light of the recently released biopic of Charles Bronson the criminal currently serving life in a British jail, I thought I'd pose the question of which of the Charles Bronson's is the hardest. I know the answer, but do you.....?

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