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« Reply #375 on: September 22, 2009, 03:12:14 AM »

I think the main reason why Valerii reacts that way is because at sometime those awful
rumours started that he didn't direct the film at all. I guess if the say was that it was 'a collaboration'
or words to that effect, he would agree. After all one can't expect to make a 'Sergio Leone' production
without interference by Leone.
Circumstances forced Valerii to let Leone direct some scenes and other smart film makers stated
years before 'don't let a famous director on your set give one single direction - later everybody
will say the he and not you directed the whole film'.
I think Valerii did a great job, being smart and inspired by the great project - his other films
can't touch NOBODY I think. Although the two Gemma's are quite good... The one with Coburn
is a lame duck.

Leone was present during more scenes than certain people state, I have photos with him and
Fonda during the train sequence, Leone in New Orleans (duel scene) and maybe more. Have to check.
All directors are control freaks, with such a big and important production, Leone wouldn't stay home,
would he?

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« Reply #376 on: September 22, 2009, 11:12:05 AM »

Yeah, I've arguments with dopes on IMDB that Leone directed MNIN and that it's a "Leone film", which seems blatantly false. It doesn't really look or feel like a Leone film so much as a parody of/homage to one; clear enough that Valerii directed it. Don't mean any insult to him, mind.

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« Reply #377 on: September 22, 2009, 04:34:07 PM »

Yeah, I've arguments with dopes on IMDB that Leone directed MNIN and that it's a "Leone film", which seems blatantly false. It doesn't really look or feel like a Leone film so much as a parody of/homage to one; clear enough that Valerii directed it.
Huh? Is it really like Valerii's other pictures? Seems to me the proper conclusion is that this film is a collaboration between Leone and Vallerii, which is why it seems unlike their other pictures but also contains stylistic elements that we recognize. Again, this is a controversy based on semantics, with people hung up on the notion that director=auteur. Not by a long shot, folks.

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« Reply #378 on: September 22, 2009, 05:39:06 PM »

Huh? Is it really like Valerii's other pictures?

It's much more in line with Valerii's work than Leone's stylistically. The incorporation of parodic elements and the fact that Leone may have co-directed some sequences shed some doubt, but it doesn't look, seem or feel like a Leone film for most of the duration.

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« Reply #379 on: September 23, 2009, 03:49:08 PM »

Valerii's positive comments on Jean Martin (RIP) are pretty interesting to me, since Gillo Pontecorvo called him a very arrogant and "difficult" actor to work with. Perhaps Martin just worked better with Valerii (or the "lighter" subject matter)?

Leone's comments on the Trinity films seem like sour grapes if you ask me. Not that what he says is wholly invalid, mind you.

Anyway, keep up the great work. Afro

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« Reply #380 on: September 25, 2009, 10:04:06 AM »

I assume the "video clips" is referring to music videos?

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« Reply #381 on: September 25, 2009, 10:38:51 AM »

I assume the "video clips" is referring to music videos?

You got it.

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« Reply #382 on: October 02, 2009, 05:43:17 PM »

Do you think he's talking about Noel Simsolo? (the guy he wants to slap)

It might be Oreste De Fornari

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« Reply #383 on: October 04, 2009, 12:48:33 PM »

Photos apparently from the documentary included with the CVC 2001 rerelease of "Giu la Testa":

http://forum.westernmovies.fr/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=5786

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« Reply #384 on: October 04, 2009, 01:04:01 PM »

Photos from Roberto Curti's 2008 biography of Valerii:

http://www.clipscorner.net/cinema/tonino-valerii-il-mio-nome-nessuno-di-roberto-curti.html

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« Reply #385 on: October 04, 2009, 01:09:28 PM »

Italian interview with Roberto Curti and Tonino Valerii

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« Reply #386 on: October 04, 2009, 01:33:59 PM »

Huh? Is it really like Valerii's other pictures?

After seeing Day of Anger recently (my third Valerii), I will say that Nobody seems VERY much in tune with his other SWs, aside from the broadly comic elements which were supposedly Leone's primary contribution). I don't think MNIN is even his best film of the three I've seen (that would be Price of Power).

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« Reply #387 on: October 04, 2009, 03:46:26 PM »

Can't agree here.
Especially after rewatching all 4 westerns Valerii made before Nobody there is nothing to find of the stylish brilliance of MNIN.

In fact despite being inconsistent MNIN is mostly one of the best directed western I have ever seen. Even the comedy scenes are mostly stylishly done. Hard to believe that Valerii, who made just in the year before Nobody a surprisingly bad western (A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die) and after Nobody another turkey with Sahara Cross, should be responsible for all this great scenes. Possible of course, but not very likely.


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« Reply #388 on: October 04, 2009, 04:11:42 PM »

I don't disagree that Leone had some direct influence on Valerii here (it would be hard to believe he didn't) but neither does it follow that the film is particularly good.

But then, we're having this basic discussion on two different threads. Cheesy

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« Reply #389 on: October 05, 2009, 07:59:28 PM »

After seeing Day of Anger recently (my third Valerii), I will say that Nobody seems VERY much in tune with his other SWs, aside from the broadly comic elements which were supposedly Leone's primary contribution). I don't think MNIN is even his best film of the three I've seen (that would be Price of Power).

Well I think MNIN does have some great scenes. However, I'm certainly with you when it comes to Price of Power over Day of Anger.

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