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« on: March 01, 2015, 08:54:02 PM »

This is something kind of just known he was a chubby guy but there's really no explanation why he was that way. Aside from the Frayling bio all that was said about it was "he had Epicurean tastes" aaaand that's pretty much it but it goes without saying that a lot of physical knacks of people are mirrors of their psychology, glasses aside this is really like his trademark appearance. So why did he eat so much without a care ? Really look at the other contemporaries of his time, other directors, really only Hitchcock was fat, all those people in photos with him he basically is usually the only fat guy there.

1)was he simply eating to mask some insecurities? Frayling bio hints that he did have insecurity about trying to go to the goalpost for the greatness of his movies but also fearing it at the same time.

2)was it actually a reflection of his status as the ultimate guy when he reached his position of making movies he let it go so to speak after having to be the 'assistant' in the 50s?

3)was it in his indulgence in trying to have as much bodily pleasure as possible maybe because to offset the stress of being a workaholic in the movie industry?


4)Epicurean: he craved only pleasure?

5)Einstein affect, who thought so much he didnt think about his hair, Leone thought so much about movie making he didnt think about his weight.

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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2015, 09:44:10 PM »

Ummm....

1) Food tastes good, I'm sure he liked eating... everyone does
2) Most people don't like working out... clearly Sergio didn't
3) That's probably why he was fat

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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2015, 03:52:47 PM »

Interesting

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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2016, 04:20:27 PM »

This thread puts me in mind of a piece I once wrote.

It is a kind of dramatic monologue, although, as the speaker addresses another, non-speaking character, I guess the technical name for such a form is actually apostrophe.


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“Dream Theory”
by Dave Jenkins

In my dream I met Leone.

PAUSE

Sergio Leone. The Italian film director. The Good, Bad, Ugly? Yeah, right, that Leone. Were you born an idiot, or do you spend your evenings working at it?

We were at the dinner table, Leone and I. I was trying to talk to him about his movies but all he cared about was the large bowl of pasta he was eating.  He told me that a single strand of pasta was a metaphor for itself. Or it would be, he said, if it were infinite in length.  I’ll admit right now I’m having trouble parsing this, but in the dream it made perfect sense.

PAUSE

No. But if you’ve got a beer, I’d be happy to take it off your hands.

Leone was really putting the pasta away.  And it was good stuff, I was having some myself. Every once in a while I’d stop to ask questions. Leone’s mouth was always full so he could never answer.

PAUSE

I dunno, it was a dream. Maybe he told me the metaphor thing before we started eating. Anyway, once he’d tucked in, he wasn’t talking.

I asked, “So, how much of My Name is Nobody did Valerii actually direct?” A light came on in his eyes, but his mouth just kept chewing.

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Yeah, there was wine. Some kind of red.

I asked, “The dream theory with regards to Once Upon A Time in America—you were just humoring the dimwits, right?” The look he gave me was positively beneficent, but still, answer made he none.

PAUSE

Sure, it could have been an Amarone. Will it make you happy if I say it was? Okay, it was an Amarone.

After every question there was that look signaling understanding, even receptivity, but frustratingly, all I heard in reply were chewing sounds. And his eyes—so kind! As I talked I kept feeling he was telling me he’d like to answer but he just couldn’t. And it seemed I could ask him anything, not just about movies. Now that he was dead he had perfect understanding of everything, there was nothing he didn’t know. And he wanted to tell me, to answer all my questions, every one I’d ever had, about life, death, the cosmos. But he was in the middle of dinner and just couldn’t, you know?  I was willing to wait until he finished, of course, but before that could happen I woke up. Classic anxiety dream, a la Freud.
 
PAUSE

Sigmund Freud. Look, you keep pulling my chain we’re gonna get into it, big time. Wham, pow.

PAUSE

Yeah, some popcorn would be nice. Say, what happened to that beer?

THE END
You're welcome.

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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2016, 04:04:59 AM »

He won't talk to fork-and-spooners.

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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2016, 11:51:16 AM »

Frayling bio hints that he did have insecurity about trying to go to the goalpost for the greatness of his movies but also fearing it at the same time.

I don't know about the whole eating thing, but I think the link between creativity and insecurity is an interesting one. It goes back to that question over what, if any, link there is between creativity and depression.

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