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« on: November 10, 2008, 02:24:27 AM »

Is this book available in English? And if it isn't, may I ask why?

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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2008, 05:25:48 AM »

good question I'd like it too, one thing though if its released in Canada (bilingual) it should have a translated version.

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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2008, 06:18:12 AM »

Why doesn't someone on this board translate it?

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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2008, 06:30:27 AM »

Why doesn't someone on this board translate it?
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2008, 08:04:29 AM »

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That's a bit long  Wink but very interesting.
If you guys have any question about some EXTRACTS of the book, i can help (since i own the book). But i cannot translate the whole damn thing Smiley

But if you want to raise money, a translation from french to english, done by a professional, costs about $0.10 per word, and the prices goes down when it comes to translation over 5000 words (which is the case here). That would be a pirate translation since i guess you would need the acceptation of the rights owner, but...  Evil

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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2008, 08:51:37 AM »

If somebody on SLWB feels there's a little business man in them, here's the chance!  Grin

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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2008, 10:13:00 AM »

Grin

That's a bit long  Wink but very interesting.
If you guys have any question about some EXTRACTS of the book, i can help (since i own the book). But i cannot translate the whole damn thing Smiley
Extracts would be nice, but since we can't read the thing to begin with, we can't very well know which extracts would be best. Couldn't you root out a few choice truffles for the board to enjoy?

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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2008, 06:11:39 AM »

Another thing that occurs: what about giving us a brief summary of each of the conversations? Most of us have never seen the book, and it would be nice to know details such as when each interview was conducted, which topics/movies were discussed, what aspects of his personal life were revealed. Not everything, of course, just the broad strokes. It may seem like I'm asking a lot, but I'm sure something like this would be appreciated by everyone on the board.

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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2008, 06:18:17 AM »

Too bad the folks over at Cahiers du cinema are too important people to translate this book to English. After all if you don't speak French you must be retarded.

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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2008, 09:37:35 AM »

I could probably read it with some practice, I got to the point where I could translate historical letters & journals from the French & Indian War when I was compling plans & profiles of historic sites for the museum models, I would just have to change the emphasis of the vocabulary I'd need.  Afro

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« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2008, 12:21:11 PM »

I could probably read it with some practice, I got to the point where I could translate historical letters & journals from the French & Indian War when I was compling plans & profiles of historic sites for the museum models, I would just have to change the emphasis of the vocabulary I'd need.  Afro
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« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2008, 03:31:42 PM »

Ok guys here is the summary of the book. Sorry for the spelling and some unclear words, please correct me if you can.

Chapter one
Leone's family
Culture in Naples in 1900
Vincenzo Leone becomes Roberto Roberti
The first italian western
Francesca Bertini and the divas
Fascism

Chapter two
Childood
Studies
Fascist comedy
"Les marionettes" (i don't know the english word)
Discovery of Cinema
The "fumetti"

Chapter three
The return of Roberto Roberti
Naples
Petrolini
Jewish neighborhood
Mussolini's death

Chapter four
"Le roman noir américain" (american noir novel ?)
Assistant director
Carmine Gallone
Vittorio De Sica
Politic choice
Neorealism
Mario Bonnard
Brigitte Bardot

Chapter five
"Helene de Troie"
Robert Wise
Raoul Walsh
An unfinished movie by Orson Welles
Women

Chapter six
Emile Couzinet
Fred Zinnemann
Africa
Alexandre Trauner
Shooting of Ben Hur

Chapter seven
Scriptwriter for sword and sandal films
Antonioni helps
The Last Days of Pompei
CoR
Inflation of Maciste
Robert Aldrich's trick

Chapter eight
Love for paintings
Giorgio De Chirico
Futurists
Architecture and roman furniture
Litterature
Pier Paolo Passolini
Theater

Chapter nine
The Crisis of Italian Cinema
FoD
Kurosawa and Goldoni
Clint Eastwood
Ennio Morricone
The angel Gabriel
Pessimism
A surpising success

Chapter ten
FFDM
Bounty Killers
Lee Van Cleef
The flash back
Strength of music
Another success

Chapter eleven
GBU
Civil War
Age and Scarpelli
Eli Wallach
A baroc concerto (?)
Clint Eastwood's destiny

Chapter twelve
OUATITW
Bernardo Bertolucci
Henry Fonda
Charles Bronson against Warren Beatty
Jason Robards
Japaneese movies
Birth of "matriarcat" (?)
The talent of others

Chapter thirteen
Once Upon a Time... the Revolution
Peter Bogdanovich
James Coburn and Rod Steiger
Bakounine and Mao
IRA and John Ford
Tenderness and "triviality" (Huh)

Chapter fourteen
Productions
Trinita and Terrence Hill
Projects
Commercials

Chapter fifteen
OUATIA
The Hoods
Harry Grey
Gérard Depardieu
Robert DeNiro
An opium dream
A journey to Hell
Once upon a time... the Cinema

Chapter sixteen
Wait for a Renaissance
Tribute to John Ford
Nowadays' Movies
The 900 days of Lenningrad

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« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2008, 04:23:47 PM »

Holy Moley, N_L, you really deliver! Thanks  Afro and double thanks  Afro Afro

Now I guess we should make a poll to see which extract should get translated first . . . .

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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2008, 04:41:38 PM »

Another thing that occurs: what about giving us a brief summary of each of the conversations? Most of us have never seen the book, and it would be nice to know details such as when each interview was conducted, which topics/movies were discussed, what aspects of his personal life were revealed. Not everything, of course, just the broad strokes. It may seem like I'm asking a lot, but I'm sure something like this would be appreciated by everyone on the board.

I just read (for the tenth time) the preface (by Noel Simsolo). The informations we learn are the following:

- the idea of the book came from... Sergio Leone, who had just read a similar book called "Once Upon a Time... Samuel Fuller".
- the interviews have been conducted after 1986
- Noel Simsolo was a good friend of Leone
- Leone "gave" the book to Simsolo. Which means that Simsolo got all the money from it.

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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2008, 04:42:29 PM »

Holy Moley, N_L, you really deliver! Thanks  Afro and double thanks  Afro Afro
You're wlecome Wink

Now I guess we should make a poll to see which extract should get translated first . . . .
I guess that's the best thing to do...

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