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: "THE CODE" w/ spaghetti twist  ( 2199 )

« : July 19, 2005, 06:49:18 PM »

In the Old West, there was an unwritten code of behavior. This code was passed on both verbally, and by the actions of men and women. Western writer Zane Grey first chronicled it as the “Code of the West.” This code stressed integrity, self-reliance and accountability. It relied on cooperation with neighbors in finding solutions to problems.

~ in leone's west, the "code" got a make over ~

1.  respect yourself and others / tell woobles
2.  accept responsiblity for your life/take up bounty killing
3.  be positivie and cheereful / tell this to tuco's brother
4.  be a person of your word / col. douglas mortimer was
5.  go the distance / tuco & blondie did for $200.000.00
6.  be fair in your dealings / blondie left tuco his share
7.  be a good friend and neighbor/ tell that to ramone 

anyone care to give this a spin on some of leone's best  film  moments:  to the "code ?"   ;D  

« : July 19, 2005, 11:30:28 PM KERMIT »
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« #1 : July 19, 2005, 07:11:31 PM »

nice stuff Kermit

"When you feel that rope tighten on your neck you can feel the devil bite your ass"!

« #2 : July 19, 2005, 07:11:38 PM »

8. Respect your honor and the honor of others
9. Help the helpless/ Julio, Mary and Jesus had help here
10. Be humble about your skill/ Joe doesn't show off, just does what he does
11. Never back down from a challenge

Just some more I have always thought of when thinking of the honor code of the West. Not like today
1. have a lawyer
2. sew for as much as you can
3. your honor means nothing if you profit

Today's code is disgusting and the honor code of the West, similar to the code of chivalry set by King Arthur, is one to stick to. The most important is keep your word. Today a handshake does not hold up in court but a signed 72 page contract does.  McQueen and Brynner talking about a contract "it isn't one that would hold up in court" "that's just the kind of contract you have to keep!"

Great Post Kermit!


« #3 : July 19, 2005, 07:17:25 PM »

A few more words just popped into my mind.

All Westerns have a theme whether meant to or not. Just the culture has the theme. Honor. In Rio Bravo, the poor drunk reaches down for a dollar a high roller threw in the spittoo.  In Liberty Vallance, John Wayne readies his gun when his steak is dropped on the floor. Joe sticks up for being humiliated with his mule. He also never cracks under torture by the Rojos. He holds his honor, it is below him to talk.

I of course am not assuming that all Western directors set out to make a movie about honor morals but I believe that the culture had honor held very high

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