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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.

Sergio Leone News / Once upon a time Sergio Leone exhibition in Paris
« on: June 26, 2018, 06:45:40 AM »
It was announced yesterday that Cinémathèque Française together with Cineteca di Bologna (which has been involved with all the major restoration projects of Sergio Leone films) have organized a big exhibition in Paris called "C'era una volta Sergio Leone". The exhibition will start on October 10th 2018 and will last until January 27th 2019.
Sofar I could only find the Italian announcement:

During that exhibition, Sir Christopher Frayling will present his new book  "Sergio Leone's revolution"

Incidentally, tonight there will be a special screening in Bologna for the 50th anniversary of OUTITW on the main square Piazza Maggiore. Frayling will also be present.

Sergio Leone News / Sergio Leone tribute in Rome
« on: July 01, 2016, 04:39:09 AM »
A mega screen has been placed in Rome, close to the stairs of Viale Glorioso, where Sergio used to play as a kid, "surfing" down the stairs on wooden boards.
From June 30th until July 5th, all his movies will be screened: all you need is a radio or a smartphone with earphones and tune in on FM 97.7
The tribute started yesterday (Ennio Morricone was present!) and subsequently Dario Argento and Carlo Verdone will introduce the other movies. The screening basically goes on from midnight till dawn, two movies every night.
For full schedule, see
For board memebers who happen to be in Rome as tourists during this period, this is an unique opportunity..!!
 O0 O0 O0

Ennio Morricone / 2 months halt to concerts for the Maestro
« on: May 04, 2016, 02:52:52 AM »
Italian newspapers and TV reported yesterday that Ennio is forced to cancel all concerts in May and June due to two collapsed vertebrae. He has been forced by doctors to keep absolutely rested until the end of June. He will therefore not be able to conduct concerts at Santa Cecilia, Rome (May 21-24) as well as those scheduled in Europe. Morricone said: " I'm very sorry, but the new dates for the concerts will be set as soon as possible".

Sergio Leone News / Sergio's Passport
« on: March 23, 2016, 03:19:40 AM »
Sergio's passport, issued in March 1964. Shortly afterwards, with this passport,  he travelled to Almeria to shoot FOD...:

Web Site Announcements / Upload photos
« on: March 22, 2016, 08:19:15 AM »
Tried to upload a copy of Sergio's passport dated 1964. It's a normal JPEG file which I have resized down to 65 KB (it seems that  larger images are not allowed), selected it from my PC but for some reason the upload does not work. Is there anybody who can give me some hints on how to upload photos?? Thanks!

Once Upon A Time In The West / Gabriele Ferzetti - R.I.P.
« on: December 03, 2015, 01:45:10 AM »
Gabriele Ferzetti (Morton) died yesterday.
March 17th 1925 - December 2nd 2015

Sergio Leone News / Huge Sergio Leone exhibition in Turin, Italy
« on: October 22, 2014, 02:28:06 AM »
A very interesting Sergio Leone exhibition, celebrating  FOD's fiftieth anniversary, is on from October 22 2014 until January 6 2015 at he Museo del Cinema in Turin, Italy. See:

There are more than 180 interesting items and memorabilia; what I find particularly interesting, among others:
1. The original letter sent by the producers of FOD and Sergio  to Akiro Kurosawa, dealing with the well known Yojimbo "problem".
2. The original revolver and the Winchester used by Clint and Gian Maria Volontè in the final duel in FOD.
3. The very few pages which Sergio himself wrote concerning Leningrad (probably a rough outline only), the movie he was about to start.
4. Norman Mailer's script for Once upon a time in America.
5. The original scripts of the 3 dollar trilogy movies + Once upon a time in the West.
6. Sergio's passport and other private items
7. The original movie costumes
8. A rich collection of behind the scenes photos by Angelo Novi.

All his movies will be shown and there will be debates etc.
The exhibition is edited by Chris Frayling (who else..?) who apparently owns more then 1.000 Sergio Leone memorabilia.
I think I'll definetely drive to Turin, which luckily is only about one hour by car from Genoa where I live... O0 

Once Upon A Time In The West / Happy birthday Claudia
« on: April 15, 2013, 02:55:44 AM »
Today our beautiful Claudia turns 75!
Happy birthday to her and many happy returns!!
Check out this link to a picture I had never seen before, taken on the set of OUTITW:

For a Few Dollars More / No blood in the flash back scene..
« on: July 20, 2012, 07:34:18 AM »
One thing that has always struck me as odd, since the first time I watched the movie in the sixties, was the fact that in the flash back scene when the guy gets shot, there is absolutely no blood on his white shirt, not even after the 3rd or 4th shot.
It's quite strange, especially considering that Leone was always very keen on showing the effects of a bullet wound. Maybe if he had a coloured shirt on, I wouldn't have noticed it so much, but his white shirt remains the same after all the bullets..Strange, isn't it?

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / G.M. Volontè as Tuco?
« on: July 14, 2012, 08:27:42 AM »
Didn't know that G.M.Volontè thought that Tuco's part was his. From Diego Gabutti's book "C'era una volta in America", Leone interview, page 108 (translation from italian by yours truly):
"G.M.Volontè didn't like Eli being cast for GBU. He thought the role was just perfect for him. He was wrong. I told him to do a screen test. He refused. He was a star by now after all..I was relieved, I would have given him a thumbs down anyway, since at that point I had selected Eli already anyway."
Also according to Sergio, Clint was quite angry when he learned that in FFDM Lee van Cleef was co-starring. "And he was even more pissed off when he learned that Eli would be in GBU. But this time he was right, as Eli would have stolen the show for any actor. He was a force of nature."
By the way, in the same interview (page 109) he confirms once more that he wanted Clint, Eli and Lee in the opening sequence of OUTIW. Leone: "It was some sort of a childish way to say goodbye to my westerns. Eli and Lee accepted immediately, but Clint flatly refused. He said that a star could not be killed in the first 15 minutes of a movie, the audience wouldn't like it and understand it. So I had to change, since it would have worked only if all three agreed".
Quite an interesting book. In essence,  in his interviews Sergio did not think very highly of Clint as an actor, and I'm sorry to say, as a man. I think the same applies to Clint every time he is asked to talk about Sergio and his westerns. He does acknowledge the fact that Sergio gave him the opportunity of his life, but he rarely has a good word about Sergio as man and even as a director. He always sort of dodges questions about SL telling some funny anecdotes, but never really admits that he has learned at least some bits of the trade from Sergio. Or is it just me who feels this way?????

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