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Ennio Morricone / Re: Morricone`s score AS A JUDGEMENT
« on: August 08, 2007, 07:20:20 PM »
if it's the track titled COME UNA SENTENZA then I believe the second half, when it leaves the guitar based segment, was a "studio" version of the cue used when Frank makes his slow ride to the McBain ranch to meet Harmonica for the final showdown.

the first half was not used in the film

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Man of the Harmonica book + CD
« on: March 30, 2007, 06:47:18 PM »
The book contains poster and demo art along with record cover art for the movies on the accompanying. The cd is a nice compilation, with a few alternate versions of familiar Morricone themes. Not a necessity, but worth it if you have the money.

how do you attach photos? I went horseback riding in  Monument Valley last summer and shot about 5 rolls of film-
our Navajo guide, Charlie  was great.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: tough directors to work for/with
« on: July 01, 2005, 05:45:43 PM »
lol,  good one groggy. the wild bunch had to be sam at his toughing tuff.   chuck pulled a saber on sam ?  :P 

Hey-Susan George actually thought Sam P was gonna have her raped on the set of STRAW DOGS :(

Other Films / Re: Vamos a matar, compañeros aka Companeros (1970)
« on: June 15, 2005, 12:18:09 PM »
out of curiousity are you aware of where to get your hands on a decent copy of either the mercenary or hellbenders... as far as I can tell(and I haven't looked into it too much) mercenary has a horrid horrid transfer on a region 1 disc and hellbenders isn't available, are there options for other regions? if you have the spots picked out already it could save me the time of searching.

in the USA try

pricey, but whatcha gonna do when you need a fix?

He has an extensive collection of PAL, NTSC, and region free dvds. His sw dvd's have most of the available titles. I think HELLBENDERS is coming out soon.

Duck, You Sucker / Re: greatest explosion ever!!!!
« on: June 14, 2005, 04:04:44 PM »
The greatest explosion i've ever seen was in duck you sucker. Im talkin about the blowup of the bridge, it was just  stunning with the great morricone score. I hate thoose fake computeranimated explosions in the action flicks nowadays, the explosion of the bridge was just perfect, don't u agree

THE TRAIN by John Frankenheimer
Stars Burt Lancaster
Shot in France in 1965 I think

French gov'm't wanted to get rid of an old train station to rebuild it-so the production company blew up the mutha  for 'em as an air raid simulation...

I agree - screw that cgi crap

Trivia Games / Re: JOHN WAYNE.....
« on: June 12, 2005, 02:18:33 PM »
Edgor states, somewhat  as an apologist for communism that "Mao and Stalin were both dictators of totalitarian single-party states, a concept that has no root in communism. I’ve read quite a few biographies on Stalin and have come to the conclusion that, although he might be considered a Marxist, his methods were entirely un-Marxist. He is known to have said, ‘Death solves all problems: no man, no problem.’ I think that quite covers the way he operated.

Wherever you got the 150,000,000 number from, I’m somewhat struck by the assertion that an ideology can be held responsible for anything at all. Surely the men behind the ideology, or those who commit actions in its name, must be held responsible. "

That's akin to a citizen of the USA saying Republicans are not playing the race card because Lincoln was a Republican.

....what a load of dung. As leaders of communist  run countries, they were also communist  party leaders. If not,  then they would never have gotten their posts.

Got hold of a copy of Deaf Smith and Johnny Ears, which also stars Quinn (as well as Nero).  Sounds like a good cast - but yet to see the film.

I thought DEAF SMITH was disappointing, on the other hand GUNS FOR SAN SEBASTIAN has always been very watchable.
I think this is one of Morricone's best non- Leone scores. the themes and the vocal work by Edda Dell'orso(from GBU OUATITW) and Gianna Spagnulo(form Navajo Joe-probably misspelled her name) any how, their voices are used to great effect here.
 It's worth watching just as a "Morricone music video :)

Trivia Games / Re: JOHN WAYNE.....
« on: June 12, 2005, 07:52:46 AM »
Mao and Stalin personally ordered attempts on Wayne's life on separate occasions (both times the would-be assassins were apprehended so it isn't just a conspiracy theory), because his anti-Communist views were supposedly a threat to the stability of their respective countries.  Also American Communists, acting on their own accord threatened him and stalked his family on a number of occasions.  So yeah, I think his hatred of Communism had a good reason.  Then again, seeing as I'm a guy who finds it hard to excuse an ideology that is responsible for the deaths of 150,000,000 people in the last ninety years, I'm a bit biased.  :P

And in any case (and more on topic), "Rio Bravo" is at least as good, if not better, than "High Noon".  I don't honestly give a s*** about its political viewpoints; if I did, I would DETEST "The Wild Bunch" and "Once Upon A Time In The West", among many of my other favorite films.  "3:10 To Yuma" I've not seen, so I can't pass judgment.

HIGH NOON vs RIO BRAVO - unfair to be forced to choose. One is a drama in  a western setting; the other an old-fashioned shoot em up. I LIKE both, and LEONE obviously did too as you can see cribs from both films in his material(three men waiting at the train station, one playing a HARMONICA - the music only opening to RIO BRAVO, the deguello, Wayne and Martin stalking down opposite sides of the street a la Eastwood/ Wallach)

And if Wayne was that bad, why was he the only one in H'Wood that'd hire that left wing pot smokin'  loose cannon Dennis Hopper(who loved him).

Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Sword & Sandal Epics
« on: June 12, 2005, 07:34:56 AM »
I think it's worth noting that as well as COLOSSUS OF RHODES, Leone worked on the following Peplum:

LAST DAYS OF POMPEII (Director,Script)
SLAVE WOMEN OF CORINTH (Script, Assistant Director)
SON OF THE RED PIRATE (Assistant Director)

browsing thru old posts.........
I've  copies of POMPEII, SIGN/GLADIATOR, DUEL/TITANS & COLOSSUS,  Does any one have any type of info on SLAVE WOMEN or RED PIRATE?(availability, quality, more importantly, WATCHability?)

Ennio Morricone / Re: LUGOSI and MORRICONE!
« on: May 27, 2005, 09:41:18 AM »
This may sound daft but.....I recently bought a DVD of a movie starring BELA LUGOSI (big fan) called WHITE ZOMBIE! Now, I'm a huge MORRICONE fan (have seen him in concert twice) so no disrespect to the master intended. BUT, the opening scene contains a soundtrack, that I can only dream was written by ENNIO'S grandfather, cause this soundtrack from this 30's movie is straight out of a MORRICONE (music wise) movie. It sounds like something from THE BIG GUNDOWN or NAVAJO JOE. Please, somebody grab a hold of this flick n' reasure me I'm not losing my mind! It's very, very strange!  :o

it 's not daft.

The main title to WHITE ZOMBIE was reworked by Morricone for use in EXORCIST 2.

Whether this was an "hommage", unintentional, or heaven forbid an outright swipe, I don't know.

I brought this up on the Morricone board some yrs back-and the subject was roundly and completely IGNORED.

I don't think Hang 'em High is the worst eastwood western. It's got a nice story about the difference between justice and law. Unfortunately the presentation of the movie is very superficially, so the main topic seems to be unimportant sometimes. In my opinion The Outlaw Josey Wales is worse than this film and High Plains Drifter is better than Josey Wales but not than HEH.
And it's a bit strange to suppose, that Clint would have made this movie if he had never made the Dollar Trilogy, that makes no sense...

Sorry, I know this is not the right topic to discuss High 'em High, but I just HAD to answer :P

A: In most folks opinions, compared to HANG EM HIGH, Eastwood's OUTLAW JOSEY WALES is a classic on par with CITIZEN KANE and TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE. I've never heard from someone who thought different.

B: Eastwood already had a sizable following from RAWHIDE and as such, a low budget H'wood western like HANG EM would have been the natural extension of his career.

Which movie in the opening 5 mins does Clint Eastwood know he bought something from a 'Johansen' charactor fair and square?

P.S. Proberly should mention the merchandise..  it might make it a bit too easy...   ;D

Clint's weakest western. It looks lke an episode of GUNSMOKE.
If he'd bypassed Italy and gone straight to this one after RAWHIDE, he'd never have been heard from again.

Other Films / Re: All of these non-Leone SW's
« on: March 02, 2005, 02:03:56 PM »
It's so hard to sift through all these threads about non-Leone SW's and find a movie or three to rent or check out without seeing like 20 listed. I'd like to see a lot of them someday, but I want to start on one or three that are closest to being on par with at least Leone's smaller movies, like FAFOD or FFDM, or close to those standards. I'm not exactly looking for another GBU or OUATITW, just a non-Leone spaghetti western to enjoy.

One other thing I was wondering, what are the best non Leone's with: Gian Maria Volonte, Mario Brega, and/or Luigi Pistilli?

Volonte's best role, or the best I've seen him do anyway, is INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION (aka INDAGINE SU UN CITTADINO)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Crime Films
« on: March 02, 2005, 02:01:18 PM »
8) hola amigos. I listed HEAT as one of my favourite crime films; just been watching the new special edition dvd and it's fantastic. Mann's commentary is an in-depth and fascinating account of the making of the movie (also check out COLLATERAL) it's only after watching the documentaries on disc two that I really began to fully appreciate the amount of research that Michael Mann and the screenwriters did - it's real cops n' robbers stuff. get your copy now!

HEAT-loved the movie except the final shootout.

One critic said this is the movie Peckinpah should have made as a followup to THE WILD BUNCH

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