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Other Films / Re: Django Unchained (2013) - QT's SW
« on: January 27, 2013, 10:10:24 AM »
Watched DU yesterday and found it to be just OK to IB and DP. One inaccuracy I noted (I am sure there are several other inaccuracies), during the shootout at the Calvin Candy mansion. You see Django firing from what look like cap and ball revolvers but when he gives up his weapons upon being threatened with his wife's life and takes off his jacket, bullets fall on the ground. The movie is said to be set in 1858, two years before the civil war and as per the arms and ammunition experts on this board, bullets were not in popular use until after the civil war.

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Other Films / Re: Django Unchained (2013) - QT's SW
« on: December 26, 2012, 07:53:49 PM »
Hello D&D,

Thank you for a very lucid and a comprehensive post. From whatever little snippets I have seen from the movie, the lacks that "feel" of a spaghetti western.

#1. Brightly lit sets, as opposed to light/shadow effect in the spaghetti westerns.

#2. Cast wearing clean ironed out attire, as if they just got back from dry cleaner' shop.

#3. The rugged looks, the sun burnt skin and that "rugged" voice, as if the talker has been a heavy tobacco smoker.

#4. As you noted, the film's crisp feel is rather distracting.

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Other Films / Re: Django Unchained (2013) - QT's SW
« on: December 26, 2012, 11:06:32 AM »
So how close is "Django Unchained" to the spaghetti westerns "as we know them to be" (and by "we" I mean the members of Sergio Leone web board) in style, presentation and substance? I am not a fan of QT and I completely gave up on QT after IG. If I want to see his movie again, it would be because this time it is purportedly as "spag". Going by the D&D' review of the film, I think I can can give it a pass and save myself of the misery.

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Ennio Morricone / Re: Chetan Anand Meets Ennio Morriconne
« on: December 26, 2012, 10:42:33 AM »
I have yet to see the entire catalogue of Ray. Whatever I have seen of him has left me hugely impressed. One thing always intrigued me was why Bombay hindi film industry never asked him to come and make movies with them? I think Ray had a very low opinion of the Hindi film industry which he viewed as a commercialized profit oriented enterprise that had no taste or aesthetic sense for films and the other reason could be that he thought, he could express himself best through Bengali cinema.

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Ennio Morricone / Re: Chetan Anand Meets Ennio Morriconne
« on: December 25, 2012, 12:34:55 AM »
Farhan Akhtar and Sriram Raghavan just make better time pass movies than the what other directors make. Anurag Kashyap, seemed like a courageous director once (I really like his "No Smoking", a first in Hindi film industry that had a surrealist story line and imagery.) But then with Shaitan and GoW, I think he hit the director's block. GoW is a good film but again the story line had nothing to offer other than profane dialogues and gory violence. I think Anurag Kashyap still has to mature as a director.

From Ray' I have seen Seembaddh (actually the last film I saw of him), Jan Aranya, Aagantuk, Shatranj Ke Khiladi and Charulata. Have to see Kanchenjungha, Pratidvindi, Pather Panchali and the sequels.

Bollywood (as I dismissively call modern Hindi movie industry) is nothing more than hook and crook job.


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Ennio Morricone / Re: Chetan Anand Meets Ennio Morriconne
« on: December 24, 2012, 11:27:10 AM »
Your question isn't indiscreet neither is the answer :) I watch Hindi (and Indian) movies, the usual commercial stuff but limited to only Anurag Kashyap, Sriram Raghav, Farhan Akhtar and handful of other directors. I admire Gurudutt, Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterji etc. Apart from these not much, as I do not find Hindi cinema to be intellectually stimulating at all. Guys like Kashyap and Akhtar are good directors but I do not expect them to make movies that will put them in the league with Ray, Antonioni, Kurosawa, Bergman etc.


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Ennio Morricone / Chetan Anand Meets Ennio Morriconne
« on: December 14, 2012, 08:45:59 AM »
Clips from Chetan Anand's 1964 movie "Haqeeqat" based on the Sino-India border conflict of 1962 have been stitched together with Ennio Morriconne's music serving as the background.

This video has been made for selected audience and the maker of this clip gets no financial/commercial gains from this clip.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1s4-YLEETY

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Off-Topic Discussion / Massacre Time: Lucio Fulci
« on: October 19, 2012, 10:53:10 PM »
I saw "Massacre Time", a western by Lucio Fulci last weekend. Fulci, who is more famous for his horror movies like "Fear In The City Of The Living Dead", "The House By The Cemetery" and "The Beyond", made this western in the 1960s and had Franco Nero as the main lead, before Nero went onto to do "Django", a film that made him an international star. Apart from the obvious inconsistencies that are innate to Fulci's movie plots, somethings stood out. Nero' character dress up like Clint Eastwood' from trousers to scarf to sheepskin vest sans the poncho. In the movie, his half brother, though acts like a complete loser, is actually far better in gun and shooting skills than Nero' character himself. Did Fulci deliberately "run down" Nero' character to make fun of "Man With No Name"?

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Clint is not sleeping in the broad daylight neither it is the siesta, he just woke up and lying idly on the bed. If you remmeber the commander of the Mexican army instructs his sub (the previous evening) that they will be doing a night halt at San Miguel and to double the guards for stagecoach carrying gold to be exchanged for guns and ammunition with US army. The next day, the Mexican army leaves early morning that is when Silvanito sees them from the window of his room.

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Duck, You Sucker / Re: Invenzione Per John
« on: August 20, 2012, 03:06:01 PM »
I am not sure why the track is titled "Inventions for John". I looked up the thesaurus, thinking I may be able to get clue about it but no success yet. The songs is played in the beginning during the credits and then infrequently throughout the movie. Gui La Testa has close resemblance to Inventions... but it is played only during the flashbacks (when John reminisces about his friend's betrayal) ], while Inventions is played when John makes an appearance, he awakes in the stagecoach and when he and Juan blow up the bridge.  Sorry, I cannot offer anymore insights and they are already so obvious :)

I too like the "Inventions for John" track. It takes me to a completely different yet higher level of subconscious. I play it whenever I can and it is on my car CD and I never get bored listening to it. I am writing a script for an Indian spaghetti western and would like to make it as close as possible to what Leone would have made, had he chosen to make a western style bandit movie based in Chambal and yes, I would like to use Morricone music from different westerns to serve its soundtrack  :)

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For a Few Dollars More / Re: No blood in the flash back scene..
« on: July 20, 2012, 07:36:34 AM »
There are no bullet holes either!!!

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For a Few Dollars More / Re: Indian FAFDM
« on: July 02, 2012, 10:05:11 PM »
India has its own share of embarrassing counterfeit westerns.  "Sholay" is the best known feature, though the only parts that shine in the movie are those inspired from American and Spaghetti westerns, otherwise it is an average movie. "Wanted" (*ing Mithun Chakraborty, Tina Munim and Shammi Kapoor) was another early 1980s spaghetti inspired Indian western and has displays some Sergio Leone influence but I am not sure if I can recommend it to the members. The efforts to create a "Curry Western" have been far and few, clunky and half-hearted.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv1j0q_9gUs


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For a Few Dollars More / Re: The Colonel Mortimer affect
« on: July 02, 2012, 09:55:22 PM »
"This train will stop at Tucumcari!". Mortimer pulls the emergency cord, bringing train to a complete halt. The train conductor gets down and asks the locomotive crew for the reason of unscheduled stop. Suddenly the freight carriage door opens and Mortimer walks out with his horse, down the ramp. So:

1. How did Mortimer get to the freight wagon before the train come to a complete stop? Not that the passenger and freight carriage were inter-connected?

2. Assuming, that he did get to the freight wagon, so he got to door, opened it, closed it, took reigns of his horse and then opened the door again, too much of a work eh?


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Other Films / Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune
« on: April 04, 2012, 05:25:37 PM »
I have seen most of the films that Akira Kurosawa made with Toshiro Mifune as the lead actor (including the utterly long and boring "The Idiot" which I rate as one of the worst movies I have ever seen from good directors). I read somewhere that during the filming of "Red Beard", Toshiro Mifune had to grow his beard naturally (instead of using a fake one) for the character he was playing (Dr. Kyojo Niide) which meant he could not work on other projects and hence was financially strained and that led to the unfortunate parting of ways between a great director and a great actor.

My question is, how were the actors paid for working in movies in those times? I know, they weren't raking in millions like "stars" of today but is it true that they were not paid well either, irrespective of the actor' capability? Can someone throw more light on Kurosawa-Mifune parting of ways?

Thank you.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU - Users Alternative endings
« on: March 09, 2012, 01:15:33 PM »
Mine...

Clint aims, shoots and misses Tuco's rope and Tuco loses his balance and is hung. Blondie comes back, takes Tuco's share and parts saying "Err...sorry again Tuco." Rides off....

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