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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Rare still of OUTIW
« on: January 24, 2006, 07:38:41 PM »







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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Rare still of OUTIW
« on: January 24, 2006, 07:26:11 PM »
The Definitive edition of OUATITW that I received today has some nice pics in the included booklet. BTW, every fan should get this release, 27 tracks including the final flashback sequence. I've been waiting a long time for this one, finally got it! Here's some scan of the pics included:



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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: missing on soundtrack?
« on: December 17, 2005, 08:31:16 AM »
There's still one that is not yet in any soundtracks. I'm talking about the version of the flashback hanging sequence which is not played the same as on the CD or LP's.  When Frank put the Harmonica into young Bronson's mouth, that is the same version but we can hear a change a minute later as we hear the difference in bass and sound quality and the choir is much more involved. As I read in other posts and forum, this version is not available anywhere, unfortunately.

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Rare still of OUTIW
« on: November 01, 2005, 12:50:45 PM »
Le Bon, this one is f***g amazing!!! Really great one!!

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Hola Denys,

I think I might retire someday in Monument Valley and build a house in eye distance of the arc.
I feltĀ  that is where I belong when I was out there.


 I felt the same too. I was there only for a week, not only for monument valley but also for the grand canyon, but I was very sad to leave this place. I felt kind of unfinish business

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Rare still of OUTIW
« on: October 25, 2005, 01:28:40 PM »
hmmm.. I have a feeling that this is from My name is nobody. From where this still shot comes from, the still right on it's left is another shot of My name is nobody. Sergio was only a producer, not directing. I may be wrong but I have a stong feeling that this is My name is nobody

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: My trip to monument Valley and the Arch
« on: September 28, 2005, 10:06:33 AM »
Leonardo, I took something like 60 or 70 pics just for this arch. You're right, we don't have much infos about the hanging scene, like pics of the preparation, behind the scene pics etc.. Since I was a kid, I often dream that I am there, at the shooting, and I am there with everybody, getting ready to shoot this scene. If you can get in touch with Claudio, that would be very interesting to see what he has to tell us about this piece of cinema history. Thanks to you.

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: My trip to monument Valley and the Arch
« on: September 28, 2005, 05:48:21 AM »
Of course I did. Took a small corner of a brick and took 2 bricks that were lying near the arch, from the collapsed central part. Took a piece of wood from a beam, a rusted nail, a piece of cement and finally, took some sand where young harmonica was standing in the middle. Don't worry, I didn't come all the way from Montreal for nothing :D I also noticed that corners of many bricks were missing, not too much left!!

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: My trip to monument Valley and the Arch
« on: September 27, 2005, 11:48:55 AM »
Jordan, I will just mention that she is Italian ;)

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: My trip to monument Valley and the Arch
« on: September 27, 2005, 07:28:02 AM »
Jordan, you're right about girlfriends. mine is not as hooked up as me, but she still likes Leone though, and she's the one who organized the trip to Monument Valley, she knew that was a dream to me since I was 8, I am really thankful to her for that. Guess I'll have to buy a ring  ;D

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: My trip to monument Valley and the Arch
« on: September 26, 2005, 07:22:28 PM »
Jordan, very nice artwork, I am very impressed. Did you see my other post about a french movie called "Les Dalton" where I took screenshots of the arch, reproduced for the movie? Go check it out! http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=1949.0

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: My trip to monument Valley and the Arch
« on: September 26, 2005, 05:10:14 PM »
Jordan, thanks for this rare shot! All pics of the arch I can get will be welcome. I took something like 60 or 70 pics of the arch from many angles, different shots etc. Every SL fan should go see that, knowing that he was there, Henry Fonda too, standing where they were. The first day I went there, my girlfriend was kind of tired and after we found the arch, we stayed there for an hour and a half. But then after, I wanted to see the other locations of monument Valley and she started a scene. So we drove back to the hotel and I came back the next day ALONE!! This is where I could play the flashback on my laptop while beeing there. I will never forget that.

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: My trip to monument Valley and the Arch
« on: September 25, 2005, 07:45:59 PM »
I forgot to mention that I did something "unique" when I was there. I brought my laptop, the DVD of OUATITW, sat in indian position in front of the arch, between the 2 cement tracks and played the flashback sequence on my laptop. Watching this and beeing right there in front was really something, goosebumps all over my spine!!

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Has anyone noticed that before??
« on: September 25, 2005, 07:30:31 PM »
As a big fan of Leone and specially OUATITW, I noticed something I never noticed before, since the DVD came out. When there's that closeup of the eyes of Charles Bronson, that closeup is said to be the "Closest" closeup of all Leone movies, but as the camera move on to his face, at the very last moment we're about to loose sight of his mouth, well, he opens it!! Just like if he's really entering into his memory, really remembering that moment as Frank's standing in front of him. That's really another small detail that add realism and strenght to this movie, particularily to this sequence.

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Once Upon A Time In The West / My trip to monument Valley and the Arch
« on: September 25, 2005, 07:22:26 PM »
Well, I did it. I made a trip to monument valley and Grand Canyon last week. The goal of this trip was to see the remains of the arch. I am so glad I saw it as it's not much destroyed than what I saw on some SW web sites and on the OUATITW Bonus DVD. Thanks so much to Warren Oates on a previous post, he indicated the exact location very precisely, I found it very easily. Some of the questions I was asking myself have been answered now. For instance, when we see Frank coming out of the hill to go to young Harmonica, does that hill is somewhere far or near the arch? Well, it's exactly the same location, placed like it's supposed to be in the film, I mean, that hill could have been a few miules from the arch, but nope, it is really in front of the arch. Here's a picture taken on top of one of the base, showing the cement tracks for the back travelling sequence and, in the background, the hill that Frank came out.


The arch has been painted cause in the movie, we can't see the cement between the bricks, but with time, wind and natural effects, the arch has been kind of "sand blasted". The beam that we see in the next picture is not a beam thrown into the arch like that. It is part of the structure. The arch has been made of wood, then recovered with bricks.

Here's the inside of the arch:


The Arch is located on a hill and can be seen from up to 4 miles (without binoculars) Leone chose this location for the nice background of monument Valley we can see. This next picture is taken with a 10X zoom:

The central part of the arch had collapsed in the mid 80's according to Frayling's book. Here I am with the arch, nice souvenir for me:

If some folk on this forum has pics of the arch before it came down, please let me know and send them to me, this would be very much appreciated. I just wish I could've seen the arch complete.

The location

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