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« on: January 31, 2003, 06:09:17 PM »

Hi..

I'm relatively new here and have enjoyed reading your posts about Leone's films.

However, I'm struck by the fact that I've not seen anybody talk about "My Name Is Nobody" with Henry Fonda and Terence Hill.

I don't think it's comparable to OUATITW or TGTBATU in terms of its cinematic genius, but I've always thought it's a very entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable film.

I suspect that Henry Fonda enjoyed working so much for Leone in OUATITW that he did this as a labour of love.

A great story about a young guy who worships an aging gunfighter and another incredible score by the soundtrack master, Ennio Morricone and you have all the ingredients for a great western.

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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2003, 11:32:13 AM »

This one was a little hokey for me, more comedy and not as plausable (espcially the shots of the what seemed like 5,000 wild bunch, lol) I just don't rate it up there with the others.

For me anyway as soon as a SW pushes the reality envelope, I loose a little respect for it. For example I think it was maybe "Sabatta"?, that had the gun hidden in the banjo, or the troop of acrobats, or maybe both, that was to me more "Wild Wild West" ish. Take it with a grain of salt.

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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2003, 11:38:45 AM »

Cigar Joe..

You make some very legitimate points and I have to concede that I tend to agree with you.

There are obviously scenes that strain the limits of credibility ie anybody think it's possible to draw a gun three times and holster it while releasing a saddle and catching it before it hits the ground..??..or chug-a-lugging several large glasses of straight whisky and then shooting a shot glass flying through the air..??

I'd never put it on the same level with Leone's other masterpieces, but for entertainment, I definitley enjoyed it..and, of course, Morricone came up with another incredible soundtrack.

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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2003, 10:48:31 AM »

I agree with the fabulous music of Morricone. But you don't have to forget that My Name is Nobody was directed by Tonino Valeri and not by Leone himself. Even if "Sergio Leone presents" My name is nobody, it's not really a Leone's film.

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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2003, 02:14:17 AM »

I agree.Good film for sheer entertainment value but not to be taken too seriously.I always enjoy the ending with Fonda sitting on board waiting to depart, reminiscing on the end of an era.Wacky music, good fun.

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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2003, 01:39:50 PM »

Indeed, the music was a goddamn riot, but I was rather disappointed in the film.  It has its funny moments, but the kind of slapsticky humor just didn't work...  Those moments were really bad, I mean something to be ashamed of...  But the rest was alright...  Especially the beginning at the barbershop. Lips Sealed

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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2003, 09:18:04 AM »


However, I'm struck by the fact that I've not seen anybody talk about "My Name Is Nobody" with Henry Fonda and Terence Hill.

I don't think it's comparable to OUATITW or TGTBATU in terms of its cinematic genius, but I've always thought it's a very entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable film.


You haven't seen anyone talking about "My Name is Nobody",because it isn't usually regarded as a genuine Sergio Leone film,even though Leone was the producer,I think,and,according to a legend,may have directed the one or two first scenes.

However,the movie in question is very good.  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2003, 02:54:35 PM »

I would say it,s not as good as the films Sergio actually directed but on its own it is a good watch.Some of the slapstick comedy jars with the rest of the film and I,ve never really rated Terence Hill but Henry Fonda is superb and Ennio,s score is another classic-I love the Jack Beaureagard theme even if it does sound like my Way by Frank Sinatra!

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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2003, 11:48:56 AM »

And don't forget the hilarious "wild bunch" theme.

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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2003, 11:31:38 AM »

Yeah,it is a terrific score inwhich Morricone seems to be having great fun,sometimes taking the mickey out of previous scores he wrote,such as the 'stand-off'music which is like a funny combination of the 'Man With the Harmonica'from OUATITW and 'The Trio' from The Good,the Bad,and The Ugly!

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« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2003, 11:29:52 PM »

According to Terence Hill, Sergio directed the opening scene of "My name is Nobody" (and was present on the set throughout the shoot). I tend to think thats correct; the opening scene really has that "Sergio feel" to it.

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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2003, 11:52:50 AM »

I didn't know this, it's new for me.

Where did you read it?

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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2003, 06:21:04 AM »

I didn't know this, it's new for me.

Where did you read it?

Terence Hill mentioned this in one of the interviews on the Japanese DVD release of "My name is Nobody" (or maybe it was on the "A genius two partners and a dupe" DVD, I dont remember)

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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2003, 10:26:17 AM »

I think Leone was drafted in as a third unit director to try and make the deadline and budget, not sure which scenes he directed though, but as soon as Leone was on board as 3rd unit director it became a "Leone film" which Valeri was warned about.
Never the less it's a classic, ok it has it's bad comedy moments, but what an opening and Terence Hill is superb.
Does anyone know which scenes Leone directed?

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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2003, 01:09:06 PM »

Yes, Christopher Frayling confirms that Leone directed some sequences in "My name is nobody".

And he even directed some sequences of the sequel film to that, called "Nobody is the greatest", directed by Damiano Damiani with again, Morricone's music.

Appearances of Klaus Kinski and Mario Brega (who also appears in FOD, FFDM and GBU.

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