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Sergio Leone News / small insights on Leone anyone?
« on: December 29, 2004, 07:03:39 AM »
Folks -
  I have had privilege to meet Bronson a few years ago at the Cauliflower Alley Club meeting in Vegas in 2001. C.A.C. is where retired wrestlers,  boxers and stuntmen  go to shoot the breeze and have fun seeing each other. My dad is a ex-pro (now "famous" trainer) so I went along.
   Also, my aunt is good friends with James Woods, so I got a chance to meet him for drinks and talk.
   Of course I asked about Leone! Their replies were rather brief (esp. Bronson''''s) but I did write in my journal. Would people be into hearing quote from them here? It''''s nothing much, really, but let it me know and I will dig them up.

   My aunt is also very good friends of DeNiro, but I have yet to see him outside her wedding (he was there about 30 minutes, enough to shake hands with people, tell a few jokes, and split)  I will surely post them too when our paths cross again if wanted.

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Hi folks,
  Sorry if this was bought up before, but I bought "GBU" in the Special 2 DVD collectors set (US version) last night.  ;D So, I am sitting here enjoying CD 2. I am in the deleted scenes and just watched "Extended Tuco Tortune Scene" and there is a bit more dialog. Can anyone help me with what people are saying? Sadly, the Italian I know is limited to about 60 words.

Thanks! Grazie!
-Tom

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Off-Topic Discussion / A band you may like!
« on: December 19, 2004, 07:52:52 AM »
Folks -
  Look like a friend's band in Minneapolis (my hometown) has just issued their first recording. The name of the band is Spaghetti Western, and they are naturally, very Morricone influenced. If I wasn't in Phoenix, I would run back up there to join them and/or have them score my films. Worth a google search in "Spaghetti Western" "band" & "minneapolis" I have yet to contact them to see if the homepage is up yet, but if it is, I will post the link. Meanwhile, I will see if I can find a few MP3s to share with you all. The local Minneapolis reviews are giving them high praise, and it's well deserved, they are that good!

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Quite simply, the best movie ever made!
« on: December 15, 2004, 08:45:02 AM »
Hi folks,
  I am very new to this board, but am VERY VERY happy this place exists on the web. Leone's influence is huge here! Thanks all for being on my side, so to speak. It's the most remarkable movie I ever seen (and I am a film major, I have seen lots!)
  Also, I am not one for westerns as they are so plain and dull. But, nope, not Leone, he broke the rules! They are without a doubt, mindblowing movies, esp. OUATITW!
   Adding perfect music, scenes, talk, etc. and wow, made IMHO, the most perfect movie in OUATITW!

   Even though I have seen the movie a few dozen times now, I got realllly lucky a few years back when the university I went to decided to show the whole uncut version of it on the big screen with  VERY loud sound.. it make it even more breathtaking.. "Frank's Theme" guitar was so loud that my friend (who saw it for the first time) still now 2 years later, complains that "It damaged my hearing" (it wasn't a hurting loud, just enough to really keep you on the edge) haha.. but it is the best way to experience the movie, let it completely wash over you.. it was like I never saw it until I saw it on big screen. I will never forgot. The loudness add a big  plus in the quiet scenes (Frank and Jill in bed for example) though.

  Anyone else notice the greatness of the sets in this? The people in the backgrounds? It seems like every single shot is like an old photo you would see looking in books from that era. I mean, there is Frank and Harmonica in the front, then you see someone sweeping in the back, then behind them is some ladies then even behind them is a stagecouch. etc etc. Pure beauty. ... and this has nothing to do with characters, plot, music, etc.. all of which are the best.
 
Anyhoo, thanks peeps, I am so glad to see I am not alone!

All the best to you in this Holiday season!

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General Discussion / Thank you all for being here!
« on: December 15, 2004, 08:29:08 AM »
 :D Howdy folks, as you can see, I am very new here, but I have been a HUGE fan of Leone & Morricone for a looooong time. It is SO pleasant to see this place exists on the web. Well, that's about it, see you in the forums!

Have a great day to all other Leone fans!
 

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