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Films of Sergio Leone => A Fistful of Dollars => Topic started by: noodles_leone on May 21, 2018, 06:49:26 AM

Title: Richard Harrison on ... an earlier version of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS?
Post by: noodles_leone on May 21, 2018, 06:49:26 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVnhV9tpdpI

An outtake from Mike Malloy's documentary, "EUROCRIME! THE ITALIAN COP AND GANGSTER FILMS THAT RULED THE '70s".
Title: Re: Richard Harrison on ... an earlier version of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS?
Post by: Lil Brutto on May 21, 2018, 09:37:13 PM
Interesting.
Title: Re: Richard Harrison on ... an earlier version of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS?
Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 21, 2018, 11:16:54 PM
I don't recall ever hearing Frayling mention a word about this.

I do recall him saying in STDWD that there was a theater somewhere, I forget which city in Italy, that somehow had very successful screenings of the movie, and that seems to have been a prime factor in the movie being successful. But re-editing? Re-scoring? I never remember hearing about that.
Title: Re: Richard Harrison on ... an earlier version of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS?
Post by: Jordan Krug on May 22, 2018, 06:37:04 AM
I don't recall ever hearing Frayling mention a word about this.

I do recall him saying in STDWD that there was a theater somewhere, I forget which city in Italy, that somehow had very successful screenings of the movie, and that seems to have been a prime factor in the movie being successful. But re-editing? Re-scoring? I never remember hearing about that.

There is that old quote from Eastwood about the first version he saw being "absolute mayhem" or something to that effect. This was discussed a bit in the "ur-version" thread on this forum. I had pasted the quotes from Eastwood there but the pics have disappeared thanks to imageshack going bust. I can try to dig them out again.
Title: Re: Richard Harrison on ... an earlier version of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS?
Post by: Novecento on May 22, 2018, 06:40:53 AM
He's clearly misremembering the details. It's well known that Leone was not originally interested in having Morricone score the fllm and had originally wanted Angelo Francesco Lavagnino instead who had previously worked on "The Colossus of Rhodes". However, the score was in the end done by Morricone from the outset. The Italian Wikipedia article pretty informative in this regard:

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per_un_pugno_di_dollari#Colonna_sonora
Title: Re: Richard Harrison on ... an earlier version of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS?
Post by: Le Bon on May 23, 2018, 02:48:30 AM
There is that old quote from Eastwood about the first version he saw being "absolute mayhem" or something to that effect.

yes that quote is in Frayling's first book. 'Eastwood told me the first version was 2 hours of absolute mayhem'  but is probably the rough cut.