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For a Few Dollars More / Re:Aquas Calientes (spelt drasitcally wrong)
« on: February 21, 2003, 03:39:55 AM »
Talking about  village names: in OUTW  the new railway station that had to be built on Gilll´s  ground was called Sweetwater. Where did Leone get the inspiration from?
Now, 5 km west of Almeria city, on the coast, there is
a village called Agua Dulce(!).... guess what that means!
And if you add that  many actors and directors were
boarded there (including Connery for SHALAKO) then the guess is not a difficult one...

For a Few Dollars More / Re:Aquas Calientes (spelt drasitcally wrong)
« on: February 21, 2003, 03:31:31 AM »
there is a god-forsaken village called Aguas Calientes
in the southern part of Arizona. Near the Air Force
proving grounds.

there is not very much one can add to cigar joe´s perfect analysis. He even mentioned the wind, which is , besides the Morricone score, music on its own in Leone´s movies.
By the way, High plain dr..  had a predecessor in the spaghetti western series: Django the bastard, with Antony Steffen (Antonio de Teffe), who plays "the ghost" coming back for revenge. The movie was mediocre.

General Discussion / Re:Leone/Morricone
« on: February 14, 2003, 01:55:40 PM »
like a beautiful Ferrari body with a Fiat engine

Trivia Games / Re:correction
« on: February 14, 2003, 12:15:00 PM »
I wrongly wrote 0.015 instead of 0.15  at the beginning of my guess game. 0.15 is correct

Trivia Games / shooting speed with a Colt 45
« on: February 14, 2003, 09:24:48 AM »
the fact: an average semiauto pistol cycles in approx.
0.015 seconds (15 hundreths of a second) when in skilled hands: all you have to do is press the trigger, the next
cartridge is fed by the mechanism.

QUESTION : when you fan a single action , like the Colt 45
that Monco uses, how fast can be the next shot be fired?
In other words: what is the minimal possible  time elapsed  between two shots?(in skilled hands)

1. 0.5 seconds
2. 0.3 seconds
3. 0.2 seconds
4. 0.15 seconds  

Trivia Games / Re:Where's Ponch! (and I don't mean from CHIPS!)
« on: February 14, 2003, 09:11:21 AM »
Benito Stefanelli (Rubio in FOD, the guy on horseback who is in charge of escorting Marisol during the hostages exchange) told me that the poncho idea was Leone´s  and Simi´s together.
In 1999 in Rome there was a  Leone festival to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death. I could not attend it, as I was working abroad but in the newpapers
they reported that Monco´s poncho was displayed there.
Where it is now I have no idea.

General Discussion / Re:LEONE UNCULTURED?
« on: February 14, 2003, 02:24:47 AM »
this is a good one..!
I am Italian, and I think you hit a sore point. In Kiral´s interview to Vincenzoni he said one VEEEERY important thing, that can be fully understood only by an Italian:
Vincenzoni said " I am Venetian and Leone is from Rome".
Vinc. wants to express his low esteem he has for people
of the italian capital. This is an attitude found very frequently
in northern Italy and is expressed politically in the fact that
we have a political party, the NorthernLeague, which wants
separation of the North from the  rest of Italy. Vinc. has something personal against Leone, we don´t  know the
full truth. Leone might not have been a star in general culture, but he HAS CREATED CULTURE in the ART of MAKING CINEMA, and that is quite a feat!!! Period.
Do you know that PAVAROTTI, the greatest tenor cannot
read notes? Is he an uncultured person ? No, his cultural
achievement is TO BE A GREAT TENOR.

For a Few Dollars More / Re:Questions that scream out for an answer
« on: February 13, 2003, 06:30:35 AM »
thanks visitor
probably my remark was too succint and was misunderstood,
of course there are double crossing plots in am. westerns,
what I was trying to say is that over the decades of classical am. western people got accustomed to link some faces (like Stewart and Wayne) mostly (in AVERAGE) to a specific moral role: for example, in AVERAGE, Wayne or Cooper and Stewart are connected to the just person, the good guy .. so, one´s mind is not readily prepared to imagine a story where two icons of "good guys" suddenly play roles where they treacherously double cross each other.  We learn in FAFDM that van Cleef has a golden heart when  he lets Monco have all the money, and then he plays the mercyless torturer in GBU, same with Fonda
in OUTW. Leone just makes  the familiar heroes become antiheroes.

Duck, You Sucker / Re:Thoughts on this film
« on: February 12, 2003, 06:51:11 AM »
DYS is a child of the early 70´s in Italy when society was under a crushing stress ending in student revolts, street fights and Red Brigade terrorism. Movies dealing with mexican revolution were well accepted, because they reminded of a situation close to what was going on in Italy then.Sollima and Damiani had big success with Big Gundown, Run Man Run and Bullet  for the General. The knife-throwing Cuchillo was even a banner for student movements in urban fights, like el Che Guevara.
Leone was , under these circumstances, forced to depart a little from the usual  style of filmmaking, tending towards a more "intellectual" style, still maintaining his wit and great feel for the visual perception . Great movie!

For a Few Dollars More / Re:Questions that scream out for an answer
« on: February 12, 2003, 05:58:29 AM »
yeah caius,
that´s  why they are called "anti-hero",
 can you imagine John Wayne as the Colonel and
Jimmy Stewart as the Monco? NO WAY that Stewart could
doublecross Wayne in an american classical western!

A Fistful of Dollars / Re:Final scene - thoughts!
« on: February 10, 2003, 08:42:43 AM »
the shield was made of soft iron cut from a water tank in
the cave. Yes it can resist easily 44-40 slugs from a Winchester. In fact, these bullets fragment on impact or blossom out, without leaving even a dent on iron surfaces.
The problem is another one: in real life the splinters from a blossoming lead bullet would penetrate under the chin of the person carrying such a device, heavily injuring him.
But we are talking here of a movie that uses the same mythical elements of narration as old Greek sagas (Ulysses, Achylless etc.) : remember Leone is Italian and not protestant anglosaxon! His movies carry his cultural and
mythological roots, and nothing else....  Nighteagle

Film Locations / Re:travel to ALMERIA and VHS made
« on: February 10, 2003, 08:14:40 AM »
in my movie there are  a few spots more, like the apple tree
and others, you might like it
THX and good shooting

General Discussion / Re:Travelling to Spain?
« on: February 08, 2003, 02:04:22 AM »
hi Rik
look at my message TRAVEL... and contact e.
You  might want to look at the video.
Yes, I am going to Almeria three times a year, horseback
riding and more. I will probably be there in May again, so
if you want , I could gladly be your guide. I also found
the places deep in the badlands where the Cuchillo duels
were shot (The Big Gundown and Run Man Run, Sollima)
they are really hard to find!
Thx and good shooting

Film Locations / travel to ALMERIA and VHS made
« on: February 08, 2003, 01:57:54 AM »
Reading Cenk Kiral´s report about his trip to the Leone
locations at and around Almeria: I did the same and was able to find all civil locations where Fist of.. and Few D...
where shot. Also some places of Sollima and Damiani
movies. The movie is VHS PAL format, amateur quality but
nicely shows what is left today of those areas and pueblos.
I also found the LEGENDARY CIRCLE where Colonel dueled
with Indio. If someone reading this wants a copy of the video, please contact me. Sergio Sollima , a friend of mine, found the movie really good, was moved, and has got a copy already. My email:
THX and good shooting

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