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« Reply #30 on: May 29, 2009, 08:10:12 AM »

Ok here is my theory (I should re-read that section too but anyway):

Simsolo is a friend of Leone.
THEREFORE, according to him, Leone was the good guy. (1)

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Frayling is an academic.
THEREFORE, he has to interview everybody before writing anything, and to present every version of a particular event.
HENCE, according to him, Leone's version is not everytime called "The Truth". (2)

(1) and (2) => Simsolo hates Frayling.

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« Reply #31 on: May 29, 2009, 08:27:59 AM »

Good theory. That's what it sounds like to me too.

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« Reply #32 on: May 29, 2009, 02:12:16 PM »

Ok here is my theory (I should re-read that section too but anyway):

Simsolo is a friend of Leone.
THEREFORE, according to him, Leone was the good guy. (1)

MOREOVER

Frayling is an academic.
THEREFORE, he has to interview everybody before writing anything, and to present every version of a particular event.
HENCE, according to him, Leone's version is not everytime called "The Truth". (2)

(1) and (2) => Simsolo hates Frayling.

seems pretty logical.

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« Reply #33 on: May 31, 2009, 07:16:04 AM »

Yup, Leone claims in Simsolo's book that the whole debacle regarding who was to direct Giu La Testa was set up by UA from the very beginning in order to have Leone, against his will, direct it. This is supposedly particularly the case after Coburn and Steiger apparently refused to appear without Leone's direction. Frayling cites Leone's claim but then suggests that this was rather a compromise reached later on after the whole Bogdanovich affair had already happened.
This is what, according to Cinema Retro's John Exshaw, Giancarlo Santi remembers:
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The best-known story involving Santi concerns his aborted direction of ‘Giù la testa’, caused by Rod Steiger’s refusal to work with anyone other than Leone. After about three days, so the story goes, Steiger refused to continue under Santi’s direction, responding to Leone’s assurances that Santi was perfectly capable by saying, okay, I’ll send along my stand-in, he’s perfectly capable too. And so, reluctantly, Leone demoted Santi and assumed the directorial burden himself . . .

Santi, however, remembers things rather differently. At the end of filming ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’, he recalls, Leone turned to him, removed his viewfinder and placed it around Santi’s neck, telling him, “You will direct the next film.” Santi, who doesn’t appear to have harboured any great desire to be a director, thought no more about it. Some two years later, when Santi was working in Africa as assistant director on Glauber Rocha’s ‘The Lion Has Seven Heads’, Leone, unbeknownst to him, took out a full-page ad. in Variety announcing ‘Giù la testa’, “to be directed by Giancarlo Santi”. Leone was immediately bombarded with telegrams from both Steiger’s and James Coburn’s agents: their clients had accepted the film on the understanding that it was to be “Directed by Sergio Leone”, and they weren’t going to settle for the crown prince in place of the king. When Santi did join the film as assistant director, it was the first he’d heard of all this rumpus. . . .

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« Reply #34 on: May 31, 2009, 07:59:17 AM »

This is what, according to Cinema Retro's John Exshaw, Giancarlo Santi remembers:

Very interesting... that tends to agree with Leone & Simsolo's version of the events

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