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Off-Topic Discussion / Sweet heaven, a Terry Gilliam western?
« on: February 09, 2006, 09:27:42 AM »
Check this out. Oh, happy day. I hope this one gets made:

Off-Topic Discussion / Dreyer's Joan of Arc
« on: October 03, 2005, 01:45:43 PM »
Just saw Carl Th. Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc for the first time....Wow, I am stunned. I always felt that Leone was the undisputed champion of close-ups. Now I'm not so sure... Also, Dreyer was just as good as Leone with picking interesting faces. If you haven't seen this, check it out soon.  The 1985 score by Richard Einhorn is also fantastic, if anyone knows anything about availability, let me know. For me, Dreyer is the greatest new discovery since I discovered Kim Ki Duk a couple of years ago. I'm borrowing Dreyer's Michael as well. I'll post some thoughts on that as well in a couple of days.

Trivia Games / FoD
« on: April 20, 2005, 06:30:46 AM »
In the shooting script of FoD, what was the name of Clint's character, and what was his profession?

A Fistful of Dollars / The infamous prologue
« on: April 20, 2005, 06:29:01 AM »
Now that I have the SE dvd, I must admit that the most interesting thing here was the prologue. Shot actually by Monte Hellman, with a way too short stand in for Clint, and Harry Dean Stanton as the judge. The poncho doesn't in anyway look like the one Clint wears (twice as long). Shot mostly from the back, we never see the strangers face. That is, until some tv editor decided to cut in a shot from the film a couple of times. It doesn't even come close to matching the lighting in the Hellman shot sequences. A hilarious curiosity piece.

Other Films / The Searchers (1956)
« on: April 17, 2005, 11:10:36 AM »
Saw this years ago, and finally decided I had to see it again, so I picked up the dvd. I don't know if Monument Valley has ever looked better on film, but I'm not sure I think this film deserves to be considered one of the all time greats. It might have to do with the fact that I've never been too fond of John Wayne. Apart from him, there was a supporting cast which varied in quality, to say the least. Spielberg once said that this was one of the greatest films ever made due to the depths of the characters. Don't know if I'd agree on that. I'm not saying that the characters are shallow, but I've seen countless of films were the characters have infinetly more depth, including several by good old Sergio.

Don't get me wrong. I don't dislike this film. It is a great piece of work, and I'll certainly see it again. But John Ford and John Wayne made an easily superior film with The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Anything thoughts on this film? Am I the only who doesn't consider one of the all time greats?

A Fistful of Dollars / R2 Review
« on: April 10, 2005, 08:37:33 AM »
DVD times posted a review today:

Understandably, they don't like the fact that we don't get the mono track. But the picture looks great they say.

Can't wait to see the prologue.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Terror of Tiny Town
« on: April 08, 2005, 07:42:18 AM »
Has anyone seen The Terror of Tiny Town ( I know it's supposed to be awful, but I can't help thinking that a western with an all midget cast should be fun. I've only seen a couple of seconds of this, when Brad Pitt is watching it on TV in Johnny Suede. Looked promising.
The lead is played by Billy Curtis, who played Mordecai in High Plains Drifter 35 years later.

Off-Topic Discussion / Walter Hill's Movies
« on: April 04, 2005, 08:19:13 AM »
After going through a long period mainly watching serious "art-films", I needed something lighter. First Sergio, then Peckinpah, and then I ended up going through earlier Walter Hill films. I really think this guy is an underappreciated filmmaker. Sure, he hasn't had a huge hit since -82, but has made several great films since then.

I think he decerves a mention on this board for the westerns he has made. The Long Riders may be one of the finest westerns made the last 25 years, and Wild Bill one of the most underrated films of the nineties. He also remade Yojimbo/Fistful. Apart from westerns, he has made The Driver,which in my opinion is the best "car-chase" film ever made, and Undisputed was an extremely enjoyable nod towards B-pictures of the 40's-50's. Extreme Prejudice is a campy, although very stylish Peckinpah homage.

Still, his greatest achievment is Southern Comfort. A fascinating allegory of the Vietnam War. Incredible cinematography, great performances by a cast led by Powers Boothe and Keith Carradine, and terrific score by Ry Cooder.

Am I the only one with a soft spot for Walter Hill here? As a side note, he also directed the pilot for HBO's fantastic western series, Deadwood. Do yourself a favour and check it out if you haven't done so already.

Off-Topic Discussion / Million Dollar Baby (2004)
« on: December 22, 2004, 11:53:59 AM »
Clint's latest has already started gathering plenty of awards and nominations, and he supposedly delivers one of his absolute finest performances to date. Can't wait for this, has anyone here seen it? Roger Ebert says it's the best film of the year, as well as the best film Clint has ever made. Even Clint's own score has gotten a lot of praise.

Sergio Leone News / A Fistful of Restored DVD's
« on: November 06, 2004, 10:23:01 AM »
Seems will be getting a restored Fistful of Dynamite, as well as Fistful of Dollars, and FOAFDM next year.;article=88525;title=Spaghetti%20Western%20Web%20Board;pagemark=20

We even get the Harry Dean Stanton opening.
Wonderful news.

General Discussion / DVD site
« on: November 02, 2004, 11:30:11 AM »
Has anyone ever bought dvds from this site:

Mostly bootlegs, but tons of great spags, including Face To Face, Big Gundown, and Preparati La Bara. Seems like fairly decent releases as well. Can anyone confirm this?

Off-Topic Discussion / Robert Altman
« on: September 29, 2004, 02:44:53 PM »
Just had the pleasure of watching Altman's Short Cuts. Wow, what a film. Think Magnolia, only better. So right now I'm in a Robert Altman mood, and had to re-watch Gosford Park and MASH. Heck, I might even take another look at Popeye. Anyway, I haven't seen that many of Altman's films. Does anyone have any recommendations? Apart from the ones I've already mentioned, I've also seen The Player, The Long Goodbye, and McCabe And Ms. Miller (great western with a Leonard Cohen soundtrack).

By the way, Criterion will release to Altman films in october (Tanner '88, and Secret Honor, which both looks extremely interesting), and Short Cuts in november. If anyone of you likes ensemble pieces and/or Tom Waits, I would recommend you guys to pick up Short Cuts when it is released. I know I will.

Duck, You Sucker / Bogdanovich
« on: September 22, 2004, 09:40:38 AM »
As most die hard Leone fans probably know, Peter Bogdanovich was supposed to direct this film with Leone producing. Now, my memory is is a bit rusty here, did Sergio take over before shooting started, or shortly after it had begun?

Would be interesting to hear Bogdanovichs thoughts on this project. Perhaps on the rumoured upcoming MGM special edition dvd?

Off-Topic Discussion / Kubrick
« on: July 26, 2004, 10:11:05 AM »
I know this was up in another topic some time ago, but here I go... In Eyes Wide Shut, did Kubrick make a cameo appearence or not. If it isn't him, he is pretty damn identical. I know I'm going way off topic, and that this might not be the best board to bring it up, but this has been bugging me for quite some time.

General Discussion / An Almost Perfect Affair
« on: July 26, 2004, 10:03:39 AM »
Has anyone seen this film (
It stars Keith Carradine and Sergio Leone makes an appearance as himself. This is all news to me, found it out by chance on imdb.

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