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Other Films / Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune
« on: April 04, 2012, 05:25:37 PM »
I have seen most of the films that Akira Kurosawa made with Toshiro Mifune as the lead actor (including the utterly long and boring "The Idiot" which I rate as one of the worst movies I have ever seen from good directors). I read somewhere that during the filming of "Red Beard", Toshiro Mifune had to grow his beard naturally (instead of using a fake one) for the character he was playing (Dr. Kyojo Niide) which meant he could not work on other projects and hence was financially strained and that led to the unfortunate parting of ways between a great director and a great actor.

My question is, how were the actors paid for working in movies in those times? I know, they weren't raking in millions like "stars" of today but is it true that they were not paid well either, irrespective of the actor' capability? Can someone throw more light on Kurosawa-Mifune parting of ways?

Thank you.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: GBU - Users Alternative endings
« on: March 09, 2012, 01:15:33 PM »

Clint aims, shoots and misses Tuco's rope and Tuco loses his balance and is hung. Blondie comes back, takes Tuco's share and parts saying "Err...sorry again Tuco." Rides off....


I have a question about the way, a sequence is shot during the final duel between Harmonica and Frank. I would like to how the "close up" was done for Harmonica? During the first sequence, they zoom in to do a face "close up". In the second sequence, they do a "close up" of the eyes. Was it a simple lens "zoom in"? Or, was it a dolly assisted "close up"? Please clarify?

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / So what happens after Sadhill parting?
« on: November 07, 2011, 10:50:09 PM »
I have often watched The Good The Bad and The Ugly right till the last of the credits. I have often wondered, that we, as audience, leave the movie thinking better days are ahead for Blondie, who will probably give up his bounty hunter career and take up some more "acceptable" occupation such as that of a city-based businessman or a farmer and will probably marry and start a family. While, we all can agree that Tuco went about recklessly spending money on gambling, wine and prostitutes and was soon back to his old ways. This is what most of us assume about the characters of Blondie and Tuco long after the film ends.

I have been thinking about this for a while and I have come to the conclusion that neither Blondie nor Tuco get to enjoy their spoils and unfortunately for both of them, as they both are killed by adversaries (like hoards of army deserters, bandit groups etc) on their journey to wherever they were going. Why do I think of it this way? Here is 'why'. I think the stolen confederate gold is "cursed". Whoever had any association with it, gets killed, sooner or later. Steven and Baker get killed by Angel Eyes, while Carson's group is ambushed and he dies a much wretched death, dying of thirst that is. Angel Eyes' gang is killed by Blondie and Tuco and Angel Eyes meets his own end, which seems pretty much to be his own making. So, if we look at it, anyone who was associated with that "cursed" money died an unnatural death. Tuco's beating and escape from the hands of Wallace can be explained by the fact that he was being taken to the gallows and hence the effect of the curse had somewhat "waned" for him. But once he gets back on the track, numerous attempts are made on his life by "one armed" bounty hunter (Al Muloch) and Angel Eyes' gang. This is followed by them getting caught in between the Confederate and Union crossfire. Soon after this Angel Eyes is sent to his grave and then both Tuco and Blondie meet their ultimate fate long after the movie has finished.

I am not a believer of curses, supernatural, ghosts etc. I have started this thread just for the sake of seeing how other members see my interpretation and do they agree with this "gold haunted by a curse" scenario. Please feel free to offer your thoughts and other ideas that you might have.

Thank you

Dear Banjo and Stanton,

Thank you very much for the links. I have gone through both the links and will make a decision soon.

Thanks again!


I tried searching everywhere for a DVD of this film "Cemetery Without Crosses" and all of my efforts came to a zilch. Is there any place, where I can buy and preferably a re-mastered DVD version of the film? Thanks for the pointers.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Shining (1980)
« on: June 27, 2011, 10:10:20 AM »
I saw "The Shining" only a few days back. While, it is also one of the Kubrick's films that have been discussed threadbare with attention to the minutest details, symbolism etc. I was particularly intrigued by one scene that had me thinking. In the Bar Room scene, where Jack Nicholson's character Jack Torrence, asks the ghostly bar tender for a bottle of Bourbon, the bar tender gives him Jack Daniel's on-the-rocks. While, Bourbon is an American whiskey, Jack Daniel's is not a "Bourbon". Why a director like Kubrick would make such a mistake? What are your thoughts?

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Tuco's literacy
« on: June 24, 2011, 08:56:50 PM »
He may not have been a high school pass, if there was ever such a thing in those times, yet he could certainly read. Did not he read the map and the directions off it? His reading skills were not proficient, yet he read it almost flawlessly "See you soon Id..idi.."

Film Locations / Re: Video Collage
« on: June 24, 2011, 02:06:33 PM »
Thank you very much for your kind words ICEMAN and El Gorila. It was just that I wanted to make my own silly spaghetti western. Drinkanddestroy, that video was posted several months ago and then just a few days back I had put the password, as I thought almost everybody who had clicked on this thread had seen it. I have removed the restriction now. You can watch the video now. Bouquets and brickbats are welcome.

Film Locations / Video Collage
« on: February 14, 2011, 11:50:33 PM »
I was at "Arch" location in the Monument Valley back in November 2010 and we shot some videos and then later I edited the stuff on my computer and now I present it to you. I am not sure, as to what to make of the video, a tribute, a parody or whatever. Please take a look at it. If the bad editing, bad camera work, poor acting, any inherent idiosyncrasies bring a smile on your face, I would consider that as a reward for my efforts. I hope, I do not offend the sensibilities of Leone fans on this forum.


Please offer your valuable inputs.

Thank you.


Film Locations / Re: My visit to the Arch (November 2010)
« on: November 29, 2010, 07:07:42 PM »
Thank you for your kind comments friends. The credit for making this trip happen really goes to the members of this board and I thank them again for this wonderful experience. It is a different kind of a feeling to see the "arch" as you approach it. Knowing that Henry Fonda and Sergio Leone were there, being in that place is the closest you can ever get to these great men. It is a wonderful experience that cannot be described or told by words alone as the feeling goes beyond it.

Of course, as a fan of Leone and OUATITW, I was sad to see the miserable condition surrounding the site. Broken pieces of glass bottles, probably young Navajo boys come there and drink alcohol, as no one comes there, except a few people like us. I was thinking that if someone here, who has the contacts, can get in touch with the Navajo administration and have that site spruced up and the arch rebuilt. Not only it would add another attraction for the tourists coming to Monument Valley, it can also be source of revenue to the Navajos and we can perhaps be sure that whatever remains of the arch, remains "intact", otherwise with the passing of the time, it will disappear sooner or later. If we can tell, that the set was used to depict a wrongful hanging of a Navajo character in the film, it might strike a chord with the Navajo people. Like the John Ford Point, we can have something like The Leone Arch.

I have a question. How was the arch "re-discovered", after the film was completed and released?

Thank you.

Film Locations / My visit to the Arch (November 2010)
« on: November 28, 2010, 11:17:42 PM »
Hello friends,

I went to the Monument Valley and visited the "Arch" site. Here are some photographs, that I would like to share with the board members. I am more than thankful to all those members who gave valuable advise as to directions to the location and accommodation etc. I cannot described how it felt to see the "arch" as I approached it and then being there and standing on the spot where the great Henry Fonda, Sergio Leone once stood. My only crib from the tour was unable to go the location where Stander's Trading Post once stood. By the way, enjoy a few pics.

Frank impersonation

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Favourite moment
« on: November 17, 2010, 11:11:47 PM »
~~Harmonica to Cheyenne at Stander's Trading Post~~

"You know music and you can count, all the way up to two."

~~Conversations between Harmonica and Cheyenne at the courthouse auction~~

"Even Judas had to be content with $4970 less."

"There were no dollars in them days."

"But sons of bitches, yeah."

Film Locations / Re: The Arch (2010)
« on: October 31, 2010, 12:28:15 PM »
Thank you O'Cangaciero, CJ and Cusser for your advice. I am visiting Monument Valley specifically to see the Arch and visiting the surrounding area is the added part of the itinerary  ;) I plan to spend two days at Monument Valley, before heading to Las Vegas.  I am planning to shoot tons of pictures and video footage and will put them on the board for everyone. Re Operation Cleanup, will do my bit to clear the place (sans bricks of the Arch :P)

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