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Other Films / The Hangman ( 1959)
« on: September 21, 2020, 06:19:26 PM »
Off-beat Western with character driven, unpredictable plot.
Look for a bleach-blond Jack Lord and the drop dead gorgeous Tina Louise, in supporting roles.

Robert Taylor makes a credible anti-hero.

Note: this might be the first film where a character utters " Go to HELL!"

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Other Films / GUNSMOKE: the radio show
« on: July 11, 2019, 08:03:55 PM »
The best Western you've never seen.
The tv show dramatized dozens of the radio plays but they don't compare.

GUNSMOKE is the closest American radio ever came to art.

Radiospirits.com has multiple collections on sale.

Check it out!

Bruce Marshall

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Interesting new documentary on Irish poet WB Yeats. Directed by Bob Geldolf>

Provides some background of the romantic/revolutionary mythology of the Ireland depicted  so memorably in DYS.
check it out!
Bruce Marshall

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Other Films / Barbarosa (1982)
« on: December 21, 2016, 02:13:19 PM »
Please add to index>

Anyone seen this?

I just picked this up.
Will review after watching
bruce marshall

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I THINK there should be a topic forum to discuss American television westerns.
A slew have been released on dvd and are ripe for discussion:
GUNSMOKE
LAWMAN
RIFLEMAN
HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL
WANTED;DEAD OR ALIVE....

what say yo'all?
Bruce Marshall

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General Discussion / Does CLint really shoot people in the back?
« on: December 06, 2016, 01:48:18 PM »
There is a new book out about Eastwood's westerns by James Nieibaur.

He repeats a claim that I have read before; TMWNN was the first anti-hero because he "shot people in the back", something John Wayne would never do.
Now, he did kill bad guys for dubious reasons e.g. the three members of Indio's gang ("Too bad you have to die"). You would not have seen that kind of violence in previous westerns from the "hero". He would have tied them up or turned them in to the law.

But, "in the back"? In any of Clint's westerns?
Bruce Marshall

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Ennio Morricone / MORRICONE book & dvd reviews now up at Amazon
« on: June 23, 2016, 07:40:05 PM »
Two Morricone related reviews are now up at Amazon.com.


my review of the Ennio Morricone biographical dvd
ENNIO MORRICONE: A MAN AND HIS MUSIC


https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R3D2G7E0H895HW?ref_=glimp_1rv_c



 My Film score Monthly Online book review , MORRICONE, Film Music & Beyond


https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R3M72EGI6Q60K9?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl
bruce

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Other Films / Hannie Caulder (1971)
« on: December 20, 2015, 04:38:24 PM »
I am surprised this isn't listed yet!

ANyway, this could have been one of the better Euro-American westerns of it era.
The only reason it is not, well there are THREE reasons: Borgnine, Martin, Elam.

If you watch the film you will see how they sabotage an otherwise intriguing western. And Raquel has never looked better.
Bruce Marshall


ps on blu-ray

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / My GBU Article is now online for FREE!
« on: November 21, 2013, 01:00:15 PM »
Film Score Monthly has just made their print archives available to the general public.
My  GBU article is in issue Vol.9 number 5

hope you like it
Bruce

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Other Films / Alvarez Kelly (1966)
« on: November 09, 2013, 02:44:28 PM »
This can be added to the American western index.

Not good, not bad.
Like many of its kind, it features way past their prime Hollywood stars (Holden, Widmark) in a vanishing genre.
Interesting, for its vague similarity to GBU/FISTFUL;  Holden doesn't care which side wns the Civil wa, he's out to make a buck.

BTW one of the all-time worst tile songs!
bruce

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Duck, You Sucker / WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY - real story of the IRA
« on: January 05, 2013, 12:22:43 PM »
I highly recommend this powerful film to all DYS fans.
It is a sober tale of the IRA in Cork County during the years of 1920-22.

I kept 'flashing back' to DYS while watching it!
You'll see why.


check it out!
bruce

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Other Films / GUNFIGHT AT COMMANCHE CREEK
« on: August 09, 2012, 12:32:29 PM »
This film stars Audie Murphy and was released as a Warner Archive title.
Although made in 1964 and in colour, it has the feel of a low budget "b" movie from the 50's .

Pretty lame but it is worth noting for one reason: the plot contains a variation on Blondie & Tuco's scheme from GBU;
the capture, turn in for reward, rescue , turn for HIGHER reward bit. Its not exactly the same in GACC but the premise is basically the same.
Wonder if Sergio saw this
bruce

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Off-Topic Discussion / COURIC/PALIN
« on: April 02, 2009, 01:04:38 PM »
Anybody see this article in the APRIL FIRST edition of Hollywood Variety?
Ron Howard must be losing his mind along with his hair!


Imagine's Next Project: COURIC/PALIN

Ron Howard shocked the Hollywood community today with the announcement that his next film will be a docudrama about the infamous interview between Katie Couric and Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Howard's last film FROST/NIXON was a box-office bomb despite being nominated for a best Picture Oscar so it is unclear where the audience is for a film about a television interview program.
Initial reports state that Jessica Simpson will play Couric. Tina fey who has made a career out of playing Palin bowed out after her salary demands were rejected. She reportedly wanted 15 million dollars and ninety percent of the profits. The producer BrIan Grazer said they are hoping to get Katie Holmes for Palin. COURIC/PALIN is based on a one-man show that played Off-Off Broadway and starred Roger Debris in both roles (in drag), Debris , who also directed and wrote the play, will adapt it for the big screen.

In related news, famed documentarian D.A. Pennebraker (DONT LOOK BACK: THE WAR ROOM) will be releasing PENN/ROURKE this Summer.
The film chronicles the heated, bitter, sometimes violent battle for the Best Actor OscaR between Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke. Insiders who have seen a rough cut were astonished by footage of the two actors involved in a bloody brawl at the Los Angeles eatery Barney's Beanery.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Tomas Milian
« on: February 01, 2009, 01:36:02 PM »
Did TM dub his own voice in BIG GUNDOWN et. al.?
It looks as if he is speaking Spanish on screen but I know the Cuban born actor speaks English also.
??????

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / The restoration (article)
« on: December 17, 2008, 04:22:10 PM »
Yeah, this is olde news, but a couple of other threads have rekindled the debate over the  MGM "restored' Leone films.
I wrote this for a magazine (remember them?) back in "04. it is based on the theatrical release, the dvd had not yet been issued ???
uncknown



THE FILM RESTORATION
 
I was fortunate enough to  see the re-released version of the film in San Francisco last Summer [2003]
How great it was to see a new, clean print after  years of suffering through ragged prints at revival houses. Leone's style especially demands to be seen on a big screen. His compositions favor close-ups and long shots and the Techniscope process, which uses less than half the 35mm film frame, is not well suited to the small screen.
 
This new version contains scenes that were only included in the Italian version. To insert them into the US version the actors had to dub their lines into English for the first time. Lee Van Cleef is no longer with us so a voice actor dubbed him, and did so very well. Eli Wallach and Clint Eastwood dubbed their own voices and maybe in Eastwoods's case an impersonator might have been a better idea. His raspy, modern day voice just does not match his mid-sixties one, making his new scenes a bit jarring.
One of the new  scenes, where Tuco recruits gunmen to kill Blondie,  was never even in the Italian version. It should have stayed out. However, the scene where Angel Eyes visits a Confederate fort seeking information about the missing gold cache was a welcome addition.
 
Now we get to the crux of the matter. One of my big beefs with these restorations is the treatment of the soundtrack. G, B, U has a mono soundtrack. In a situation analogous to the colorizing of black & white films, film companies feel a need to soup- up older soundtracks with Dolby Digital overkill. The gunshots in this new version sound like cannons going off. Panning sound effects are produced by dropping out a speaker a la the old Perspecta sound system. And, do we really need the voices bouncing all over the screen as characters move about? At least the surrounds were kept to a minimum; only noticeable when the bridge was blown up.
I don't really mind them stereoizing the music, especially with such a great score. However, that too can pose some problems. First you need the music in stereo, then it has to sync up. In this instance, only some scenes could overlay new stereo music tracks.
Unfortunately, this trend seems to be with us to stay. The best we can hope for is that the dvd retains the original mono soundtrack(done with Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST) as an optional alternate to the "re-mastered in 5.1" track.
 

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