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Sergio Leone News / Re: New LEONE documentary by Francesco Zippel
« on: September 16, 2022, 07:49:38 AM »
After showing the documentary a couple of weeks ago at the Venice Film Festival 2022, the Leone Film Group announced that it will be officially released here in Italy on october 20th, 2022 to be shown in movie theaters.
I've watched an interview with Francesco Zippel, who confirmed that he was approached by Raffaella Leone who asked him to shoot this documentary on her father, after she had seen Friedkin Uncut (2018) by Zippel. He also confirmed that he had therefore access to a lot of stuff and previously unseen footage of Leone's family.
He worked in close cooperation with Raffaella, Francesca and Andrea Leone, who acted also as door opener in order to organize all the interviews with prominent actors and directors. He mentioned that for instance that Spielberg was extremely keen on being interviewed as soon as he knew that the subject was Sergio Leone.
I presume that sooner or later it will be shown on Netflix or similar.
Personally I can't wait to see it here in Italy in october.
By the way, and I know it should not be mentioned here, but I have seen Tornatore's documentary on Ennio Morricone and it is absolutely a wonderful documentary. It is available in Italy on TIMVision, but presumably it will be available soon on other networks. I've watched it already 3 times, as it is fascinating and extremely well done by Tornatore. For those of you who love Morricone as I do, an absolute must!

General Discussion / Giancarlo Santi -RIP
« on: February 25, 2021, 08:34:24 AM »
Giancarlo Santi died yesterday at the age of 81. He was Leone?s assistant director in GBU, OUTITW and DYS. In fact, he was supposed to direct DYS himself, but both the actors (Steiger in particular) and the producers insisted and wanted Leone to direct it and in the end Leone had to give in.

Ennio Morricone / Ennio Morricone died
« on: July 06, 2020, 12:00:50 AM »
Sadly this morning Ennio Morricone passed away. He died peacefully in a roman clinic where he was recovering from a broken leg.
He was 93.
A genius has left this world.
He will be missed, but luckily his wonderful music will live on forever. :'( :'( :'(

The italian post office has issued a stamp on the 30th anniversary of Sergio's death. See here:

It could have been done better in my opinion...

General Discussion / Exactly 30 years ago
« on: April 30, 2019, 04:31:52 AM »
Exactly 30 years ago, in the evening of April 30th 1989, Sergio died at his home in via Birmania in Rome, watching a movie on TV ("I want to live" by Robert Wise).
He will never be forgotten...
May he rest in peace!

Sergio Leone News / Noel Simsolo's book now available in Italian
« on: April 26, 2019, 03:24:00 AM »
For my Italian countrymen and people who speak Italian, I just want to inform you that Noel Simsolo's famous book "Conversation avec Sergio Leone" is now available also in Italian. It is called "Sergio Leone - c'era una volta il cinema" translated from french by Massimiliano Matteri and edited by Il Saggiatore.
Got my copy from today.
Surprisingly, to the best of my knowledge, after all these years no English translation is yet available.

For those of you who are entitled to receive the DVD of the documentary "Sad Hill unearthed", I have some good news...
I wrote to Luisa Cowell asking when we may expect the DVD and I got following reply:

Hi Leonardo, gladly I sent all yesterday, they come by ordinary post so it will take a couple of weeks I suppose.


so just be patient for another 10-15 days... 8) 8)

Have you read that book?

Yes, many years ago and I still have it. I do not remember exactly what you state, but I will check. In any case, I still think that nobody writes a book about a movie director unless he likes him and his style...and De Fornari wrote at least 3 books on SL...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bogdanovich interview March 2019
« on: March 07, 2019, 08:06:37 AM »
We all know that in 1969 when Leone called P. Bogdanovich to Rome as a possible candidate for directing DYS, after a short while they didn't get along at all and eventually  Leone told him to pack his suitcase and leave. According to many interviews, P.B. always claimed that one of the reasons for the disagreement was that SL would always talk about close ups, whereas P.B. by his own admission didn't like close ups at all.
Yet in this interview 50 years later, he states that he shot a lot of close ups of Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon and when asked "Can you create an award winning performance with close ups?" he replies "Oh yes you can. I did it a number of times"... 8) 8) :) :)

You sure?
Well, in fact he writes on page 11 of this book that it took him "quite some time before he became a Leone admirer", since he was not impressed by FOD and FFDM. Things changed with GBU, so in fact we are talking about 3 years approx., which in my opinion is not a very long time.
Furthermore, the second book on Leone written by an Italian and published in Italy was De Fornari's book in 1977 ("Sergio Leone", Moizzi Ed.); before that we only had Franco Ferrini's book dated 1971 ("L'antiwestern e il caso Leone", ed. Bianco e Nero). Normally one doesn't write a book about a director unless he likes the guy.
So what I was trying to say was that De Fornari maybe wasn't as fast as Ferrini, but certainly he was much faster to appreciate Leone's work than T. Kezich, Grazzini, Claudio G. Fava and many other film critics in Italy,  who only after OUTIA "suddenly" started realizing that Leone was indeed a great director.

Looks like the "All About" book is also delayed.
In Italy it is already available (in Italian of course) and it's called "Tutto Leone" and I just got it from Amazon Italy today. Had a quick look and as far as I can see, it is simply beautiful. Tons of pictures, and everything well in order, starting from Il Colosso di Rodi to the very last project he was working on (Leningrad of course). The book also shows a detailed list of all the projects he was thinking about or has refused (did you know he was asked to direct "The life and times of judge Roy Bean"?). Lots of interviews, anecdotes and other interesting material. A total of 319 pages written by Oreste De Fornari,  the man who recognized Leone's genius long before all the other film critics finally realized that Leone was one of the greatest directors ever. This book is a must for any Leone fan in my humble opinion.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Sad Hill Unearthed - The Documentary
« on: December 31, 2018, 04:54:18 AM »
I wonder if you approach the Navajo Tribe with a proposal for the restoration. Fort Apache was shot at Gouldings.

Harmonica was a half breed could make the case that he was Mexican/Navajo, no? An extra attraction to bring in more tourist dollars to the tribe. Maybe we could even get Goulding's involved.

Worth a shot, follow Sad Hill Unearthed's playbook.
To restore the arch would surely not cost too much and I cannot see why the Navajo Tribe shouldn't give the permission to go ahead. Unfortunately I live in Italy, but some of our friends in USA could maybe sound them out??? As I already did with Sad Hill Unearthed, I promise I will contribute financially once we get permission. I'm pretty sure if only 30% of the board's members contribute, we can cover all costs easily . C'mon American friends (C.J., Dave, Drink etc.): get the ball rolling!!!

General Discussion / Re: Siege of Leningrad
« on: October 24, 2018, 04:15:04 AM »
My niece is studying languages (Italian) at Uni Noodles
I’ll ask her to take a pass at it 👍

OK, I have seen the very same thing in Torino at the Sergio Leone exhibition a few years ago. The first page is just a very boring page saying in essence that the 3 screen writers Benvenuti, De Bernardi and Medioli confirm that a few days before they have agreed to assist Sergio Leone for the making of the movie about the siege of Leningrad. They also say that nobody sofar has asked them to do anything concrete yet. The rest on this page is absolutely of no interest, some philosophical aspect of screen writing.. What is interesting though is what you can see on the last page or page 5, which unfortunately shows only half the page. But it describes already part of that famous opening scene (the 15 minutes single shot without interruptions, which would have made cinematic history - see my previous post in this thread dated 30-07-2007) which has been described also in Frayling's book. But there is no script as such, probably  in those pages you can find only some ideas put on paper and some description of what screen writing should be according to the 3 men.

Sergio Leone News / Re: Italian Raffaella Leone Interview
« on: October 24, 2018, 04:03:07 AM »

Includes a nice gallery of photos with her father 👍
Interesting interview. Their young company Leone Film Group seems to do quite well, as revenues for the first half of 2018 are 52Mio $. She takes care of productions, her brother Andrea looks after acquisitions and distribution. "What do you remember about Clint Eastwood?" and she replies "I remember that it is true that my dad once said that Clint has two expressions: one with the hat and one without. Later somebody added a modified version, i.e. one with the cigar and one without" ...
Nice photos too, most of them unseen before as they are taken from the Leone family album.
Quite a lady!
Thanks for posting LBM!!

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Sad Hill Unearthed - The Documentary
« on: September 10, 2018, 05:16:01 AM »
It's the soundtrack.
I also got the soundtrack and I wrote to Luisa asking for the movie. Here is her reply:
Dear Leonardo

You have the right to two things (i) a digital download of the OST and (ii) DVD with the film. This is the first one, the digital download of the OST. You will receive the DVD once is done, most likely end of 2018 / beginning of 2019.



so we'll have to wait a bit longer..

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