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A Fistful of Dollars / Re:Clint Versus Ramon at the end
« on: April 18, 2003, 10:21:14 AM »
I have been shooting Colt45 for years. The way Clint spins the cylinder is just meant for the audience.In reality to go from the loading gate of the gun to the bullet to be aligned
with the barrel port you need to click the cylinder exactly four times and then cock the hammer. The gun is ready to go bang then. Spinning like in the Ramon duel would be roulette pure. ;)

General Discussion / Re:Leone influenced your life?
« on: March 08, 2003, 06:13:43 AM »
That is interesting Cigar Joe, why did Leone influence you to  move west and see what it looks like and not  John Wayne movies? This is  a serious question, I am not kidding you, but understand my italian angle of view: shouldn´t real
american westerns provide for a bigger motivation for someone who grew up in NYC?  By the way, I camped near Kalispell, Whitefish and explored the  Rosebud Battle area...
does this tell ya something?

General Discussion / Leone influenced your life?
« on: March 08, 2003, 03:13:31 AM »
Besides the more artistic interest that we all have in Leone´s masterpieces, did his movies and Morricone´s score somehow influence your real, everyday´s life?
Did you soak up energy from the music, spirituality, did you get psychological  help in difficult moments seeing yourself as one of his characters, did you feel stronger???
One example in my life: when I went to exams in my chemistry studies, and had to face a professor, I imagined I was Clint going to a duel, so I had to shoot well of course..
that HELPED me in real life .
What about you?

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:Collecting Sergio Leone Memorabilia
« on: March 08, 2003, 03:00:42 AM »
I have three 40x70 cm original sheet posters of FFFFOD,FDM and GBU, plus two 100x160 GBU posters

Once Upon A Time In The West / Harmonica`s scar
« on: March 07, 2003, 10:43:04 AM »
Did you notice that Harmonica has a scar on his face when he meets Jill in the farm (before they go to the well)?
Stefanelli told me: after Harmonica "manipulated" the thick chinese spy in the chinese laundry (laundry press), Leone shot a sequence where Frank and his men get Bronson, beat him up, put his face through the iron -fenced foot board of a bed, so that Bronson´s face sticks out through the iron bars, and repeatedly beat on his face. He is then released, but his face shows the signs of punching. Leone did not
include this scene in the final version, but  Bronson kept the scar in the following scenes, obviously.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:Final Duel Scene
« on: March 07, 2003, 10:17:13 AM »
I was personally on the duel spot, the terrain is naturally
angled, so Leone did not have to angle the camera, he just
put Bronson on the higher side.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:DVD
« on: March 04, 2003, 05:03:14 AM »
yes, I bought the box two days ago. In my box I found
two frames of OUTW showing Fonda´s face when he dies on
the ground. The DVD collection is philologically correct as it includes only
the western movies. They are all in 2.35:1 glory, sharp,
very good sound quality. Hurry, they are running out!

Off-Topic Discussion / TV screen format uncultural shame
« on: March 02, 2003, 09:43:06 AM »
This is maybe addressed to my US friends: why, in a country
like the US, home of the temple of cinema (Hollywood),
and of the OSCAR, and of the best actors,etc.etc..... why do some
boneheads repeatedly format widescreen movies to TV
size, when everybody knows that PHOTOGRAPHY is one
essential element in the art of cinema? When you rent a tape at Blockbuster, 90% probability of reading the hated
sentence: ... has been modified to fit your TV screen
Can you guys out there give me some explanation?
Thanx and good shootin

General Discussion / Re:LEONE UNCULTURED?
« on: February 25, 2003, 01:48:20 PM »

good  comment, amigo!
this is another valid perspective of the problem, which fits perfectly the Leonian contribution to culture. He masterly expresses his vision of esthetics, which is why we all like his movies.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Gangs of New York
« on: February 25, 2003, 12:13:58 PM »
I saw Gangs yesterday. I agree to the opinion of the most of you
that professionally (!) the movie is very ok. Good timing, good camera work, good actors. Music is shallow, I think.
However, when I left the theatre I asked myself: would you watch it again? I said to myself   NO. I have the feeling that, even if it is PROFESSIONALLY OK, it does not leave in my heart a DEEP EMOTION, like I am used to get from Leone films. DiCaprio does a nice job, but Bronson or Clint as "good" guys make me walk out in a state of enthusiasm.
 In my view I perceive that Leone can give them a towering personality, that  is somewhat lacking in the character embodied by DiCaprio.
What do you think?

General Discussion / Re:LEONE UNCULTURED?
« on: February 25, 2003, 07:45:01 AM »
Dear El
he is not. Leone is from Rome, the center of Italy, and Romans look at North,South, East and West with a nonchalant, ironic and detatched attitude, live and let live...

One more remark to the "culture" problem:
the french philosopher Larochefocaoult said: the difference between a man who knows a lot of facts and a wise man is the same as between an index and a book.
In other words: a man of culture is the one who asks such a
"cultural" questions that the corresponding answer makes a DIFFERENCE. Or, conversely, when asked some question, a
"culturally intelligent" person answers in a way, that his answer makes a DIFFERENCE. Now to Leone, in the early sixties  the art of cinema was stalling, lack of creativity, lack of  novel camera angles, boring music etc. especially in the western movies. Leone brought a cultural answer to the question "WHAT NOW???" in a way that alll the
formal elements of a movie (rythm, music, camera angles,
close-ups.....etc.etc) became completely redefined, so his answer made a DIFFERENCE. This defines him as a person of culture.

General Discussion / Re:Theatrical Showings
« on: February 23, 2003, 09:00:42 AM »
Benito Stefanelli (Rubio in FOD) told me that in Rome people went beserk when Leone´s films reached the highest peak
of popularity.
In one case, at a  cinema where they were showing FFDM,
people dismantled the entrance doors in order to rush in, even if there were no free seats available.

General Discussion / Re:Do women love Leone too
« on: February 22, 2003, 11:07:08 AM »
my wife Jenny likes Leone very much. When living in Arizona
she began shooting revolver and became a winning competitor! That was the strong influence exerted by
the Leone "atmosphere".

Other Films / Re: La resa dei conti aka The Big Gundown (1966)
« on: February 22, 2003, 07:31:26 AM »
Big Gundown, director Sergio Sollima, judged best SW ever made besides the Leone artworks.
If you go to the Video Search of Miami - Cult movie website
( you can find most SW as VHS copies
of a master tape. Big Gundown is offered as an hybrid
mix of italian and english language (why so?)
I have a full uncut version in widescreen, however recorded from an
italian TV channel broadcast. I don´t know of any other editions.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Submit your Top 10 movies,Leone et al.
« on: February 22, 2003, 07:21:37 AM »
my ten best:

(no specific order)

High Noon, Ben Hur, Casablanca, Psycho, 2001 Space Odyssey, FMJ, Godfather 1, FFDM, OUTW, GBU

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