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« on: June 27, 2007, 08:37:13 AM »

Anybody believe this statement by Quentin. Why do you think he thinks this? Is it because nobody had ever seen anything like this before? Is it because the spaghetti western was born with this film? What's your thoughts about this bold statement by Quentin.

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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2007, 09:26:24 AM »

In fact I've seen the list of his favorite movies and this was somewhere 7-11, if I remember right. I have to check that again. I think he has these few movies that are absolutely the best ones ever, but how he arranges them, depends on the day he's asked. But I've heard him also saying that the cemetery scene is purest cinema ever. 

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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2007, 11:34:00 AM »

But I've heard him also saying that the cemetery scene is purest cinema ever. 

surly he means that for GBU and not FOD? Undecided


You sure this is in the right section TB?

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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2007, 11:35:02 AM »

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's GBU.


He once stated that GBU was the greatest film of all time.

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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2007, 01:41:10 AM »

Oh, I didn't even look that which section this was in.  Shocked I just assumed it was in GBU. If TB confirms that he meant GBU, we can move this thread there.

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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2007, 02:37:48 AM »

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's GBU.


He once stated that GBU was the greatest film of all time.

And in the documentary that is on the DVD of OUATIA, he asserts that GBU is great great great, "but then the guy does OUATIA... ANd you ask to yourself : how far this guy can go???" (rather approximative quote  Embarrassed)
I also have a few interviews with his top ten list, but it changes everytime (so does mine, actually  Roll Eyes ).

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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2007, 09:04:06 PM »

And in the documentary that is on the DVD of OUATIA, he asserts that GBU is great great great, "but then the guy does OUATIA... ANd you ask to yourself : how far this guy can go???" (rather approximative quote  Embarrassed)
I also have a few interviews with his top ten list, but it changes everytime (so does mine, actually  Roll Eyes ).


He never talks about Giu La Testa. He's praised all of Leone's films except Giu La Testa (minus COR).

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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2007, 09:59:41 PM »

I could of sworn he has said this about A FISTFULL OF DOLLARS! I know he says that THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY is his favorite film, but I'm almost positive he refered to AFOD as the greatest directed. I gotta find the quote.

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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2007, 07:06:08 AM »


He never talks about Giu La Testa. He's praised all of Leone's films except Giu La Testa (minus COR).
How long has the full version been available in the States?

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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2007, 10:37:38 AM »

How long has the full version been available in the States?

I think it's 160 minutes. I'm not sure.


The UK DVD I have runs exactly 2 1/2 hours, but it has the PAL speed-up, so I'm not sure. When I saw it at the theater I forgot to check to see how long it was (after seeing a movie like that on the big screen, you're not thinking about how long it was   Roll Eyes ).

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« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2007, 12:03:30 PM »

No, I mean when was the full version first released in the States? Was it not until the DVD? What I'm after here is that it's possible that Tarantino hasn't seen DYS in it's full glory until recently. That might explain why he has never mentioned it when he's spoken about Leone's films. Or then he just doesn't like it as much as the others (which seems to be the common opinion outside this forum).

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« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2007, 05:43:03 AM »

No, I mean when was the full version first released in the States? Was it not until the DVD? What I'm after here is that it's possible that Tarantino hasn't seen DYS in it's full glory until recently. That might explain why he has never mentioned it when he's spoken about Leone's films. Or then he just doesn't like it as much as the others (which seems to be the common opinion outside this forum).
I see what you mean. But DYS is not Leone's best work. Don't get me wrong, I love that movie, it has something that other Sergio's movies doesn't have, but when you have OUTIW, OUTIA ant TGTBTU in your CV, it is easy to forget that there is anything else.
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I think that this is common opinion even on this forum. IMHO, DYS has weaker replay value than the rest of Leone's movies. Just a little less but that is true.
I think it has something to do with a fact that DYS was first "historic" movie in his career. Before he made DYS he became expert for Wild West mithology, mithical characters, landscapes etc... And now he made movie with too much history, if you know what I mean? Revolution, ghosts from the Old World (Sean, Ireland) now came over the sea to lead Mexican Revolution etc.
Best examle is this: name of the character. In all of his previous movies, Sergio managed to retain nickname as a distincive trademark of his main characters: Joe, Manco, Blondie, Harmonica.  They stayed anonimus even at the end of the movie, they kept their personal lifes away from the main story, and they become simbols.
What about the nickname of James Coburn's character, Firecracker? He hasn't been able to keep his nickname all the way trough the movie. Because thiese are now "historic times" and revolution wants names, so we have his name Sean( John) Mallory, and as a result we have his personal history about his love life, his involvment in revolution in Ireland etc. Whenever you add something that separates someone from the others, that character become more human, full of life, but he cannot be a simbol anymore, he looses his strenght as an archetype. This is the only movie where Sergio couldn't pull his old magic: to make characters appear unearthly. Because thiese are historic times, and all people are created equal.

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« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2007, 02:39:04 PM »

all good points thats why I agree.  Afro

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« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2007, 04:16:07 PM »

Yes, good points, but I think you can say the same about OUATIA. Leone does not use a mythic approach with his gangsters, either, they are presented as real people in an historical setting. I'd say that DYS and OUATIA are related works, both are masterpieces, both are more difficult to watch than the Westerns (and thus less re-watchable).

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« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2007, 09:55:03 PM »

I love how Quinten Tarentino tries to sound like Martin Scorsese. No one can talk about their favorite movies like Martin can. But Quientin sounds like he is jolted with caffine.

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