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« on: August 02, 2005, 10:28:01 AM »

Here’s another report on “Once Upon a Time in Italy” exhibition at Autry Museum in L.A.

I visited the exhibition on the opening day. I picked this day to see both Sir Christopher Frayling and Alessandro Alessandroni at the screening of “Fistful of Dollars.” (I did not know Claudia Cardinale was there for the preview.You are lucky to see her, Jordan!)

This event was held at the Wells Fargo Theater, which is right next to the museum. First, professor Frayling introduced the background of the production of “Fistful of Dollars” using lots of interesting slides that include a school photo of Leone and Morricone sitting in a group.

Then, he introduced Maestro Alessandro Alessandroni. He played a guitar as he performed his famous whistle. And Oh, was it so beautiful! The pure sound of that ever so familiar whistle never changed for forty years! I don’t know how he does it, but the melody coming out of his mouth is just a magic. He played “Titoli” from “Fistful of Dollars,” themes from “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” plus “Addio  a Cheyenne” from “Once Upon a Time in the West.” Seeing a live performance of this maestro was such an incredible experience.

Jordan has already reported about the exhibition, but I can tell you also that this exhibition is an extremely well organized encyclopedia of Sergio Leone.  For a life long Leone admirer like me, this exhibition is a HEAVEN! All Leone fans should go. This could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Where else can you see a collection like this! You can see; what influenced Leone as a child, like Sicilian puppets and American comics, props like Ramon’s Winchester and Nobody’s saddle,  wardrobes for Eastwood, Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale and James Coburn, Sketches of Carlo Simi and Franco Carretti. The exhibition is using video screens very effectively. Highlight is comparison of Once Upon a Time in the West and Hollywood westerns scene by scene.

Don’t forget to go to the gift shop after seeing the exhibition. You can get the official exhibition book, “Once Upon a Time in Italy” and other books on Italian Westerns. If you have extra cash, you can buy a replica of Eastwood poncho.


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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2005, 12:01:17 PM »

pics dont work?

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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2005, 01:35:29 PM »

pics dont work?

Sorry about the photos folks. I have re-uploaded photos. I hope it works this time.


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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2005, 07:55:57 PM »

Hmmm, pics still don't seem to work - but a really great review - I wish I had been at that fistful screening! (I arrived late monday night that week) I agree that if you're a huge fan it's worth it - I was practically drooling the whole time!

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Sorry about the photos folks. I have re-uploaded photos. I hope it works this time.


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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2005, 12:47:12 AM »

Okay, this should work now (I cross my fingers). As an apology for your disappointment, I added one extra photo.


This is the first image you see at the entrance of the exhibit. This photo is about 7 foot high.


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This is where Alessandroni performed.


Maestro Alessandroni & Prof. Frayling


Gift shop display. This year, the Style is Leone.

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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2005, 04:06:51 AM »

Thanks, cool pictures.

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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2005, 07:41:42 PM »

    SERGIO LEONE EXHIBIT -- LOS ANGELES, CA

Hey Gang,

I just got back from the Autry Museum "Sergio Leone Exhibition: Once Upon A Time In Italy". Very impressive. A little smaller then I expected, but still fun. A great collection of Leone posters, as well as posters from American films that were influences of his. (John Ford,Anthony Mann, Howard Hawks etc) and of course the Holy Grail of "Spaghetti Western" lore: Eastwoods Poncho from the "Dollars" trilogy. Awesome! There were also costumes from Henry Fonda and Claudia Cardinale, scripts, production stills and costume sketches. Overall a great day.

BTW.. the rest of the Museum with costumes from Clayton Moore, James Arness, movie posters and props is great. There is also some beautiful artwork about the true American West. If you can make it to the show...GO!!!

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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2005, 06:29:48 AM »

Wow, I really envy anyone who gets to see that I'm probably never going to see anything like it in my life  Undecided

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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2005, 04:36:54 PM »

I just got back from the Autry Museum "Sergio Leone Exhibition: Once Upon A Time In Italy". Very impressive. [...]

I can only second that. I liked the exhibit a lot. My Wife and I took a little weekend trip and drove from San Francisco to LA via Highway 1 to see it. Even though she doesn't care too much about western, she liked the exhibit as well.

And the rest of the museum has lots of interesting stuff, too. There is one exhibit about western movies in general, a big exhibit about the wild west as such, and currently a special exhibit about the fur trade. You can learn all kinds of things, for example that the fringes on the trapper leader suits actually made the leather dry faster.

Go and see it!

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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2005, 02:38:11 PM »

I went to this back in August and had a great time (though I had a hard time finding the Gene Autry museum at first).  I was on a time constraint, so was only able to hang around for an hour or so.  I picked one of the small posters 11x17 and am finally getting around to finding a frame for it.  All in all, an impressive display.

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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2005, 07:20:16 PM »

Official site:
http://www.museumoftheamericanwest.org/explore/exhibits/leone/

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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2005, 07:39:06 PM »


Hi, I am in San Fransisco in January and was wondering if anyone could tell me how long a train or bus would take from SF to the Autry National Centre?

Is it easy?

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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2005, 07:42:35 PM »

Francisco, that is.  Embarrassed

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« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2005, 09:41:28 PM »

Hi, I am in San Fransisco in January and was wondering if anyone could tell me how long a train or bus would take from SF to the Autry National Centre?

Is it easy?

For a train, you should check with Cal Train. If you take a Grey Hound Bus, it might take 6 to 7 hours.

The best way is to fly from SFO or Oakland Airport to Barbank Airport which is the closest to the museum. It takes a little over one hour.

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« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2005, 03:35:16 PM »

Thanks.

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