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Off-Topic Discussion / The Punisher: Dirty Laundry (2012)
« on: April 14, 2013, 09:59:49 PM »
Thomas Jane proving to fellow Punisher fans that he can do better than the 2004 film... A short film directed by Phil Joanou, can be found on YouTube (or could be, some time ago).
It's gory and definitely not children-friendly. Or marmot-friendly, for that matter. And very well done. I skip the goriest parts and enjoy the rest...
That discussion going on about possible modern SWs? This comes very close.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / How can you trust a man...?
« on: April 13, 2013, 03:54:37 PM »
It's not just Wobbles. It's Tuco, too: in the final scenes, he wears both a belt and suspenders.

Just a little detail I noticed upon re-watching. :D

Ennio Morricone / 14/7 Ennio Morricone in Prague. Sold out.
« on: March 19, 2011, 12:45:43 PM »
It's in July, and it's already sold out.
So I won't be there.
But it saves me from having to solve a problem, because it seems I won't be in the Czech Republic anyway - I think it's around the time I want to go to a summer camp in Estonia... :-\

(Father heard the news and said: "Yes, because culture in the Czech Republic is dying out, as some leftist politicians say." ;D)

Web Site Announcements / There could be a blog, you know
« on: May 25, 2010, 11:32:21 PM »
Just a silly little thread with a silly little idea I got over a silly little thing I did in the browser...

I was reading a blog over at Blogspot and wanted to switch for this board, so I typed the address, but accidentally typed "".
It told me that blog didn't exist and that that URL was available.
So if anyone of you wants it, or if we're crazy enough to start a common blog, it's there. Available.

Off-Topic Discussion / I can't stop laughing at this... Canadian WW11
« on: April 09, 2010, 03:21:30 AM »
I think this is the kind of thing you guys will appreciate. :)

General Discussion / Fashion in Leone
« on: January 03, 2009, 09:28:05 AM »
You're all waiting impatiently for this thread, aren't you? :)

I touched upon this in the SL Encyclopedia thread, here; and here's what Dave made of my input.

Obviously, Jill is the best object of study in this field, so I'm starting with OUATITW. I've explored this from a big part already when working on my seminary work (even though not so much of it entered the final work); that means I've been pondering over it ever since I got the DVD, over two years.

As far as sources go: there are many.
My favourite is koshka-the-cat, a site of a costume enthusiast who creates historical costumes for herself, collects some antique clothing, even shares some patterns based on what she owns and made. And there are even old fashion illustrations on the site.
There's a similar site I discovered yesterday, much like Koshka, but bigger, the author is even more knowledgeable, and there's a lot of links to museums and such. Démodé.
Other sites: Fashion Era, German La Couturiere Parisienne (ironic name with it being German...), The Costumer's Manifesto. The last two contain patterns as well. Costumer's Manifesto is an awfully structured site, but if you manage to dig up the old books and magazines that are scanned in there, you find out they are real treasures. Most of them are from the turn of the century, though, therefore too modern for Leone's westerns.
The part about travel dresses not being black I cited in SL Encyclopedia comes from a book by Czech scholar Josef Opatrný. The book was called Amerika prezidenta Granta. (I think I don't have to translate this. ;)) I also read a book about Civil War from him, so I guess he focuses on the era.
Then there are the books from a Czech serie about history of fashion, most of them written by Ludmila Kybalová. The ones I'll be using are Doba turnýry a secese (The Era of Bustle and Art Nouveau), dealing with 1870-1920, which I finally own, and the preceding Od empíru k druhému rokoku (From Regency to Second Rococo), which I don't own, but want to get if it's still to be got. (These books are very popular and many of the titles are already sold out.) However, when I had it borrowed from library last time, I managed to redraft for myself most of the pattern drafts in it, so that's something to build on (when I find them...) I also scanned some images.
From the same serie, I also have a book by Alena L. Čechová and Anna Halíková, cocncerned with lace, ribbons, embroidery and other kinds of embelishments throughout the whole history of fashion. Here the text isn't so useful for this topic, but the pictures might be.
Well, and then the films themselves.

Jill's dresses are of course really nice, and seem to be quite accurate to the era, with some reservations, though. After a very, very careful (and, above all, long) examination I arrived at the conclusion that the era is about the first half to mid 1870's. The reasons for this outside of fashion are: Colt Peacemaker and Winchester rifles being used in OUATITW, setting it after 1873; and the railroad being built being similar to the Southern Pacific - this was explained by someone else, probably CJ, in the Morton's Railroad thread, which I can't find now, stupid search engine. These make for the earliest possible date.
The reason why don't put it much long after 1873 is entirely because of the fashion. A lot of the women's dresses still show traces of the earlier era, for example dropped shoulders: (Here's an antique 1867 bodice for comparison)
- at the station
- at the auction.
The two on the right are evening dresses, day wear never exposed so much. (I guess these ladies + several others at the auction with similar necklines are working in the hotel.) The necklines of 1870's evening wear, also lower than on day dresses, had slightly different shape. I'm not able to prove this from fashion plates, because those are highly stylised and the whole shoulderline on them is unrealistic. :P But here are some real pieces:
Another reason is the skirts. The 70's were the first of two decades dominated by bustle, the odd construction in the back... but none of the dresses in OUATITW show a real, full-grown bustle; they actually remind me more of the late 60's skirts with trains in the back, but narrower than real 60's. And it can't be the turn of 70's to 80's either, because at the time the skirts got much narrower. Kybalová claims that some women tied their legs above knees to force themselves to make tiny steps - because they couldn't make bigger ones in their skirts anyway. Here and here are some real ones of that time. (Bear in mind that it wasn't just what you see, there was at least a petticoat under the outer skirt, and often also a bustle construction + a lot of the bulk is ruffles, so these were really narrow for walking.) And later on, in the 80's, the overall silhouette changed: it retained the bustle, but it actually made it even more apparent, because the trains disappeared from day wear, from what I could find.

The reservation I have to the accuracy of Jill's dresses is the fact that all of the dresses I could find - including the travelling attire that's so similar to hers - have rather structured skirts, with lots of ruffles, more layers etc. Jill's dresses (just like the dresses of other women in the film) have rather simple skirts. But I can easily forgive that. Who'd want to sew such complicated clothing, using up metres of fabric and adding up on the cost (not to mention the impracticality of such dresses), when the real eye candy of the film is the cinematography itself?
Another reservation, which I'm not so inclined to forgive (as I've become quite a costuming jerk throughout the process of researching), is Jill's underwear. But I'll leave that for another post.

Other Films / Reverend Colt (1971)
« on: February 16, 2008, 02:47:50 AM »
It was released here in CR, it costs 39 CZK, but it has some bad reviews, so I'm wondering whether I should spend those 39 CZK or not. ;D Do you think it's worth it?

Maybe I should take the risk and let you others know...

Off-Topic Discussion / Aš esi tu / You Am I (2006)
« on: February 04, 2008, 01:59:31 PM »
Has anyone of you seen this Lithuanian film? I watched it a while ago and it's so... strange? special? ... that I would love to read someone else's opinion...

Off-Topic Discussion / Films You're Looking Forward To
« on: August 11, 2007, 01:58:48 PM »
I know there are special threads about certain films, but I thought it might be nice to make something like a list of films we're looking forward to.

The project that brought me to this idea is Czech film Tobruk that should have premiere in September 2008. I don't know if they already started filming or not, but whatever.
I'm really excited about this. It should be story of Czech soldiers in WWII in Africa in one of the most important or maybe hardest battles of WWII; among other things they were said to be able to repair everything - "Bring them a door handle and they'll conjure up the car to it." I read about them in our History book for school and thought it to be very interesting, so I was really excited to learn that they were making a film about them.
I also read some articles about how it was going to be real for the actors. They had a military training and they're going to be living in desert during the filming, almost like the soldiers, except that they will have enough water... So if the story and cinematography will be good as well, it's going to be great. ;)

Off-Topic Discussion / Absence notice...
« on: June 30, 2007, 06:50:49 AM »
I guess there already was a thread with this name, so I added the three dots. ;D

I would like to tell you that I probably won't be here very often in July, because I'm going to the USA, to visit the First Presbyterian Church in Annapolis and participate on the Presbyterian Youth Triennium as so called Global Partner... that sounds proud, doesn't it? :D Anyway, what I'm going to do there, is having fun and sharing cultures, of course... and I'll probably be very busy doing that, so don't expect me to be here very often. I'm flyng on Monday.

I'm coming back on July 30th. (American members, don't hope I'd stay there, what would I do there all the time?) So after that date I'll be enjoying my return to my country and family few days and then be ready to catch up with all the things I'd miss happening here during my US time. ;)

Once Upon A Time In The West / School Projection
« on: June 22, 2007, 06:53:19 AM »
Some news about the planned school projection of OUATITW... It's going to happen on Monday. I went to school to prepare it with the teacher and some of his students. We started watching it with the teacher, to see how it works. On big screen. (Or at least bigger one - it's that white blackboard.) Just WOW!
The teacher said: "It's a completelly different film this way. What a composition!" and I was wondering, what will the students say on Monday...

Well, then three of his students (15 yrs) came to prepare the speakers. I kept watching the film; they came during the McBain massacre. And one of them started: "I know that tune! It was used in Pirates of Caribbean!" (Oh well...)

Then: "Do I get it right that he shot him? :o" - "It's 39 years old and better than most temporary films are." (After watching - how much - 5 minutes?)
"Turn off the lights, I want to see it!"

"But I prefer films with more action. You know, like when the five men came out..." So I told him action will come again later.

Then the scene in Lionel Stander's stop. We had to turn on the lights, because the cables of the speakers were completelly entangled. And immediatelly when they finally finished unravelling them, the boy said: "I have to watch that scene again!" And we watched it again in darkness. And with speakers on the right places. (I can tell you, the music and shots sound great this way. ;)) The others were at that moment already watching with big interest, too.

He ended up saying he won't survive the waiting till Monday. ;D

I'm only wondering how much shall I say before the film... because when it had such an impact on him/them when they went right into it, I think maybe long presentation before the film would destroy the effect. We'll see...

Off-Topic Discussion / Where's Sanjuro?
« on: June 13, 2007, 03:59:53 AM »
Sanjuro has been here for last time on May 20th. Where is he? I miss him! And I hope I'm not alone!

General Discussion / Do you know this man?
« on: June 05, 2007, 01:36:16 PM »
Do you know this man?

"Rodokaps" is abbreviation for "román do kapsy", which means "novel into the pocket". Usually it's cheap thin book with a western story (which pretends to be written by an American author and very probably is actually written by a Czech author who wants to earn some money quickly. I even read about a quite famous Czech author who wrote them himself and was quite proud about them, but then read it and could recognise his own work, how they changed it... unfortunatelly I forgot who it was. ::)) Sometimes they call by this term also other cheap editions of "minor" genres, as you can see on this photo (no western, some sci-fi.)

I found this in a "Cheap Books" store in Brno and, of course, had to take a photo of it. (BTW, I bought Yojimbo in that store. :))

Off-Topic Discussion / A Place for All Rodent Lovers
« on: April 29, 2007, 11:21:03 AM »
This topic should be a place to share our photos of beautiful rodents, or to post links to other sites. :) Rodent haters, please, tolerate our obsession, as we are (hopefully) tolerating yours (and sharing a common one on this board).

I don't have my own photos, unfortunatelly, so I cannot start this thread with a bunch of beautiful pictures. But here are some links:

Unfortunatelly in French, which I don't understand fully (not at all when spoken), but it's not so hard to go through a web site, full of pictures and videos. ;)

Vancouver Island marmots:

This time in Czech for a change... so I post only the link to photos.

One of the first that Google finds. Not the best one, I would prefer more photos... ;D - but very informative, I'm just kidding.

I wonder whether there is such a detailled dedicated site about beavers... I haven't found one. Which is stupid. They have wonderful family life.

And I remembered I have some scanned pictures of marmots from my encyklopedia, so as soon as I find them, I'll post them here...

Off-Topic Discussion / School Related Joys
« on: April 27, 2007, 05:56:39 AM »
We have a School Related Complaints thread (though already a bit forgotten), so I was thinking - what about school related joys? I have one now.

I finished my work about history and OUATITW and gave it to the teacher. I got it back on Wednesday, with a comment like: "I have nothing to say about this work. I cannot imagine anything new this school could give you." HOO-HA! That's a great compliment, if you didn't get it. ;)

However, the teacher actually had something to say to it. He got an idea that we could play OUATITW one day this term, with a sort of a presentation from me, based on my work.
You know, that's the last thing this school still can give me... playing Once Upon A Time In The West! :D :D :D That would be the last dream to come true on this school and I'll be totally satisfied... period.

I need a lot of Cheesy's, so please excuse me while I'm being happy...
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