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Off-Topic Discussion / Upcoming Japan Trip
« on: July 12, 2023, 07:55:19 AM »
Dear friends, me and my wife are planning a two week vacation in Japan sometimes this year (around August). Being a fan of post war Japanese cinema (Kurosawa/Kobayashi/Teshigahara/Okamoto), I would like to meet the legendary actor Mr. Tatsuya Nakadai. I realize that Mr. Nakadai is already past 90 and meeting him might be difficult but not impossible. But if there is a chance to meet him, I would like to grab it. Any input will be highly appreciated. Thank you.   

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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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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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Hello,

I have a question about the way, a sequence is shot during the final duel between Harmonica and Frank. I would like to how the "close up" was done for Harmonica? During the first sequence, they zoom in to do a face "close up". In the second sequence, they do a "close up" of the eyes. Was it a simple lens "zoom in"? Or, was it a dolly assisted "close up"? Please clarify?

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / So what happens after Sadhill parting?
« on: November 07, 2011, 10:50:09 PM »
I have often watched The Good The Bad and The Ugly right till the last of the credits. I have often wondered, that we, as audience, leave the movie thinking better days are ahead for Blondie, who will probably give up his bounty hunter career and take up some more "acceptable" occupation such as that of a city-based businessman or a farmer and will probably marry and start a family. While, we all can agree that Tuco went about recklessly spending money on gambling, wine and prostitutes and was soon back to his old ways. This is what most of us assume about the characters of Blondie and Tuco long after the film ends.

I have been thinking about this for a while and I have come to the conclusion that neither Blondie nor Tuco get to enjoy their spoils and unfortunately for both of them, as they both are killed by adversaries (like hoards of army deserters, bandit groups etc) on their journey to wherever they were going. Why do I think of it this way? Here is 'why'. I think the stolen confederate gold is "cursed". Whoever had any association with it, gets killed, sooner or later. Steven and Baker get killed by Angel Eyes, while Carson's group is ambushed and he dies a much wretched death, dying of thirst that is. Angel Eyes' gang is killed by Blondie and Tuco and Angel Eyes meets his own end, which seems pretty much to be his own making. So, if we look at it, anyone who was associated with that "cursed" money died an unnatural death. Tuco's beating and escape from the hands of Wallace can be explained by the fact that he was being taken to the gallows and hence the effect of the curse had somewhat "waned" for him. But once he gets back on the track, numerous attempts are made on his life by "one armed" bounty hunter (Al Muloch) and Angel Eyes' gang. This is followed by them getting caught in between the Confederate and Union crossfire. Soon after this Angel Eyes is sent to his grave and then both Tuco and Blondie meet their ultimate fate long after the movie has finished.

I am not a believer of curses, supernatural, ghosts etc. I have started this thread just for the sake of seeing how other members see my interpretation and do they agree with this "gold haunted by a curse" scenario. Please feel free to offer your thoughts and other ideas that you might have.

Thank you
R

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Film Locations / Video Collage
« on: February 14, 2011, 11:50:33 PM »
I was at "Arch" location in the Monument Valley back in November 2010 and we shot some videos and then later I edited the stuff on my computer and now I present it to you. I am not sure, as to what to make of the video, a tribute, a parody or whatever. Please take a look at it. If the bad editing, bad camera work, poor acting, any inherent idiosyncrasies bring a smile on your face, I would consider that as a reward for my efforts. I hope, I do not offend the sensibilities of Leone fans on this forum.

http://www.vimeo.com/19158275

Enjoy

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Please offer your valuable inputs.

Thank you.

R

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Film Locations / My visit to the Arch (November 2010)
« on: November 28, 2010, 11:17:42 PM »
Hello friends,

I went to the Monument Valley and visited the "Arch" site. Here are some photographs, that I would like to share with the board members. I am more than thankful to all those members who gave valuable advise as to directions to the location and accommodation etc. I cannot described how it felt to see the "arch" as I approached it and then being there and standing on the spot where the great Henry Fonda, Sergio Leone once stood. My only crib from the tour was unable to go the location where Stander's Trading Post once stood. By the way, enjoy a few pics.



















Frank impersonation



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A Fistful of Dollars / Ramon Rojo: How do you read his reaction?
« on: April 25, 2010, 09:59:59 PM »
How do you read the reaction of Ramon Rojo towards his brother Esteban at the end of the massacre of the Baxter family? After John and Antonio are killed, Counsela Baxter comes out of the house and curses the Rojo brothers. While, Ramon is standing still, Esteban shoots Counsela, killing her instantly. Ramon looks back towards Esteban but does not say anything. I have always wondered about this scene and Ramon`s reaction. In my opinion, Ramon did not approve of Esteban`s action towards Counsela. Is it any bravery to shoot an unarmed, non-threatening person and that too a woman? Though Ramon was ruthless in his ways, in my opinion he was still "principled" to some extent and he saw the killing of unarmed Counsela Baxter as an act of cowardice from his brother Esteban.

Please share you opinion. Thank you.

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At the Cattle Corner train station, what exactly does Harmonica ask? Does he ask "Are you Frank?" or "And Frank?"? What is the exact dialogue? Thanks!

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / What are they eating?
« on: January 20, 2010, 09:35:24 AM »
I have to admit that every time I watch the scene of Steven and Angeleyes sitting on the dinner table, makes me feel to partake in the meal. Does anyone know, what exactly is served on the table? Also, what was Tuco and Angeleyes eating at the prison camp?

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I wish to make a film (rather write a script/screenplay) that would be my tribute to Sergio Leone and Spaghetti Westerns. I  have the concept and the characters in mind and I want to introduce Sergio Leone style of film making (extreme close ups, sudden gun shots, wide angle shots, background music etc) to the Indian audience. I even wish to "adapt" some scenes, from SL westerns, in the screenplay, for example, three men waiting for train at a lonely railway station as in OUATITW or Clint's standoff with three Mexican gunmen at Agua Caliente as in FAFDM. Now here are my questions:

1. Is it ok to adopt a director's style of film making?

2. Is it ok to shoot scenes which are in a way similar but not exactly a copy of the original?

3. Would my work be considered "an adaptation" or "an inspiration" or simply put "plagiarism"?


Thank you all for your advice.

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I think Agel Eyes, for all his cleverness, ruthless and sharp mindedness, was foolish enough to confront Blondie and Tuco at the Sad Hill cemetery. He knew that these two people were already together before they were captured and incarcerated at PoW camp. Then again, when Tuco and Blondie joined forces against Angel Eyes and his gang, he should have kept a safe distance from them. What the hell was he thinking when he joined them? Plus, during the standoff, only blondie knew who he would target, as Tuco with an unloaded revolver was a no threat, but sadly for Angel Eyes, he did not know who to kill and with whom to have an alliance. He paid for this faux pas with his own life.

What do you all think?

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Clint Eastwood as Frank
« on: May 23, 2009, 07:48:34 PM »
Hi all,

I have been thinking about it for a while and I was wondering how about Clint Eastwood in the role of Frank in O.U.A.T.I.T.W.? Imagine, after the shooting the McBains at the ranch and while little Timmy stands shell-shocked in amidst the massacre of his family, the camera pans around and reveals Clint Eastwood's face, i.e. Clint as Frank.

Do you think Clint Eastwood could have done the same justice, if not better, than Henry Fonda as Frank?

Thanks,
R

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