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Once Upon A Time In America / Homeland
« on: March 08, 2016, 07:24:57 PM »
Did anyone see the episode in the second season when "Sergio Leone" and "Once Upon a Time in America" were name-dropped?

(Please - no spollers in any responses. I'm only on the second season and don't have time to binge watch so am slowly working through them)

Off-Topic Discussion / Suburra (2015) - Stefano Sollima
« on: January 23, 2016, 12:54:43 PM »
Has anyone seen this neo-noir by the son of the late Sergio Sollima? It's his second feature film after ACAB (2012):

Duck, You Sucker / George Lazenby
« on: June 24, 2015, 12:10:22 PM »
This has probably been mentioned before somewhere and I'm just being forgetful, but apparently George Lazenby was offered Coburn's role in DYS and turned it down.

Once Upon A Time In America / American Film (June 1984)
« on: August 31, 2014, 06:39:11 PM »
Excerpt of the interview with Leone here:

Off-Topic Discussion / Lantern - Media History Digital Library
« on: August 14, 2013, 07:15:42 PM »
Online resource for film buffs to thousands of old movie magazines etc:

Off-Topic Discussion / The Best Offer - Giuseppe Tornatore (2013)
« on: January 26, 2013, 05:39:46 PM »
Released in Italy over the New Year:

Ennio Morricone / "For a Few Guitars More" - Christopher Frayling
« on: November 08, 2012, 09:10:14 PM »
In this talk, Sir Cristopher Frayling discusses the Spaghetti Western, focusing on the defining partnership of director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone in the genre's origins, the use of Italian cultural references and the iconography of the Catholic church, and the ‘Italianising’ of Western conventions.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Artist (2011)
« on: October 21, 2011, 04:54:41 PM »
Looking forward to seeing this:

Off-Topic Discussion / Senna (2010)
« on: August 21, 2011, 09:06:46 AM »
I don't tend to post in the off-topic section so much, but felt this really needed a thread of its own.

Simply put, this is quite possibly the best documentary film I have ever watched. If you get the chance, go see it (my wife hadn't even heard of him and still loved it):

The Colossus of Rhodes / New York Times Review
« on: December 04, 2009, 10:14:58 PM »
The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)
December 14, 1961
'Colossus of Rhodes'
Published: December 14, 1961

THREE men we never heard of before rate the only applause, and it a mild spattering, for the imported "The Colossus of Rhodes," yesterday's new rip-roaring corn harvest on the circuits.

Jesus Mateos, the art designer, and Francisco Assensio, art engineer, have constructed a very effective plastic giant for Rory Calhoun, the warrior hero, hordes of rebellious slaves and sadistic Rhodes royalty to clash around in—complete with a firebearing tower and a labyrinth of torture chambers. What a place! For that matter, what a picture!

Even so, this cunningly fabricated eighth wonder of the old world, straddles a picturesque breakwater of antique appointments, perfectly suited for a bloody track meet of this kind. And Antonio Ballesteros, the color camera man, has adroitly photographed the real hero (the big boy) with some rather awesome, Lilliputian effects. Visually, the picture is okay—otherwise pretty terrible.

It's an Italian-Spanish co-production, with dubbed English, clubbed dialogue, and an absurd plot that has Mr. Calhoun trying to rid the ancient island of Rhodes of tyranny. The American actor is limber and grinning, understandably. Lea Massari, Georges Marchal and Conrado Sanmartin, among the others, bring up the rear.

Under Sergio Leone's direction, blood flows like water. An earthquake finally topples the colossus, although the plot of this Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer release should have been enough to unhinge him.

This was just posted over at the SWWB with the following comment:

Extremely hard to find now , but not impossible. "Cuando Laredo fue Hollywood", J. R. Saiz Viadero, Tantin Ediciones, Santander (Spain), 1997. Numerous behind the scenes and location pics (1960). History of "Colossus of Rhodes" Shooting on location in Cantabria (Laredo, Spain, august, september, october 1960).

Is anyone else really excited about this?

Looks like Tornatore and Morricone have made another masterpiece:

Frayling mentions this short film dedicated to Sergio Leone in his "Once Upon a Time in Italy" book. Just wondering if anyone has seen it?

Once Upon A Time In The West / Leonenut restoration
« on: June 04, 2009, 10:41:07 AM »
I finally managed to get my hands on this.

It is absolutely wonderful. Leonenut basically creates the longest version possible with a choice of English and Italian mono (with one scene when Jill is in the bathtub being subtitled in the English version due to lack of English audio). I have not watched it through from start to finish yet but have just scanned through some of the scenes. The colors are distinct (a browner hue for the Italian version) which makes the additional scenes more discernible but it does not appear to be be distracting.

Most impressive is the excellent special feature which clearly documents, via descriptions of the scenes and accompanying footage, all the differences between the International Cut and the Italian cut. This should put to rest all discussions over the differences between them; I watched this in one sitting.

I'll post a complete review when I have had time to sit down and watch the whole thing.

Once again, I cannot recommend this enough.

(P.S. he also appears to have done the following fanedits: FFDM with a few extended scenes; GBU with extended Tuco torture scene and Italian audio for redubbed English sequences; DYS with fixed dialogue and audio. All have English and Italian mono).

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