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Sergio Leone News / Re: Special Edition features announced.
« on: April 11, 2005, 11:24:15 AM »
Brilliant to see these Special Editions. It appears they merit the name judging by the extras.

There's always room for improvement but. I think it is essential that the original mono tracks be available on the discs. Also, why not (just so we have them) include the previous versions through seamless branching. I'm not sure MGM have used this technique before but it would be interesting to be able to choose to watch earlier edits (and all at using almost zero disc space).

I'm most looking forward to see if the scene where Indio baptises his gun has been reinstated into FAFDM. It was part of the original Italian print.

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General Discussion / Re: The Ultimate Leone Poll
« on: April 11, 2005, 10:58:44 AM »
Once Upon A Time In The West.

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For a Few Dollars More / The Carpenter
« on: November 19, 2004, 01:04:29 PM »
I was just wondering. Does anyone know if the carpenter Indio talks about in his story is the cell mate he kills when he is broken out?

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A Fistful of Dollars / Re:Alternate opening
« on: November 15, 2004, 04:58:52 PM »
if that is the case blondie, then clint doesnt have a reason apart to piss them off, lol

I don't think you've quite understood Eastwood's character in AFOD. Money has nothing to do with it. There is no sign of him leaving the town with anything other than what he entered it with.

In both this film and Yojimbo the central character is supposed to be the mythical hero who rids the town of its evil. Leone made this clear. Thats why he sites the mythical hero Shane as one of the biggest influences on AFOD. The film was originally called The Magnificent Stranger.

Further, Leone's original script had a prologue dealing with No-Name's past. It was then dropped and they left the sole line that is said when he lets the family leave town. Leone felt it would make his character more mysterious. And I am certain he would have resented the notion that any of his audience would diminish his anti-hero through the belief that his actions were purely for money.

Like Eastwood's Pale Rider, his intentions are never clear but what is clear he is not out for money or to annoy the villains.  ;)

Personally i think the key quote is "I dont like to take money unless i feel ive earnt it." which suggests that his motive is personal wealth but only when its deserved, if that makes sense  ;)

Isn't it all part of his master plan to rid the town?

I mean at the finale did you see Clint loot the Rojo residence or steel any of the stolen army gold?

The Stranger leaves the town with his job accomplished. His intentions are not made entirely clear but what is clear is that he didn't leave with the town's money so we can rule out personal wealth.  ;) :D :o :-X

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A Fistful of Dollars / Re:Alternate opening
« on: November 15, 2004, 06:53:21 AM »
the greatness of the film is that clint has no motive except his personal wealth.

On the contrary, his personal wealth plays little part in his motives. He refuses to accept money early in the film and does not take the gold at the end. Also remember his line to the family he lets escape because he relates personally to them due to events in his own life.

sorry to disagree with you nobody but i think it would ruin the whole mood cos the greatness of the film

I think most people would agree it would be a terrible idea but I think he meant included as an extra on the special edition DVD. (Which I believe now looks likely)

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For a Few Dollars More / FAFDM Missing Scenes?
« on: November 11, 2004, 06:07:56 AM »
Leone filmed a scene for The Good, The Bad & The Ugly where Clint is in bed with a Mexican woman (Silvana Bacci). This scene was part of the cut Socorro sequence.

Likewise, in For A Few Dollars More a scene was filmed with Clint in bed with the hotel receptionist Mary (Mara Krupp).

These scenes were not included as Leone knew they would diminish Eastwood's character.

These scenes were never part of any official version and it seems unlikely that the original footage will ever be found. All that remains are press stills.

However, there are two scenes that should be included in the fully restored and uncut version of For A Few Dollars More.

The first is the small cut in the beating sequence which has been discussed here.

Secondly there is a very important sequence that nobody has mentioned. This scene was part of Leone's original Italian print. It involves Indio baptising his gun in holy water. As far as I know this scene has never made any western release.

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