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Off-Topic Discussion / Roman Polanski
« on: June 01, 2004, 04:16:06 PM »
Saw an early Polanski film today, Cul-De-Sac. To my big surprise, one of the leads was played by Lionel Stander. Never seen him in a part as big as this. He has a great voice, sounds almost like Tom Waits. A great performance, in a great film. Cul-De-Sac is easily my favourite of Polanskis early films. Hereby recommended, you should check it out.

A Fistful of Dollars / Alternate opening
« on: May 30, 2004, 04:11:34 AM »
I assume most of the people on this board are familiar with the alternate opening of this film, were Harry Dean Stanton plays a judge, sentencing Clint to travel to the little town and clean it up. My question is: Has this scene been lost since it premiered on tv, or is it rotting in a vault somewhere in america. It would be great if they dug it up for a special edition dvd. I love Harry Dean Stanton.

Off-Topic Discussion / Worst film with a Morricone Score
« on: May 29, 2004, 03:16:18 AM »
Coinciding with the "Worst Film" post, I thought I should start a similar one. This time, let us look at Morricone's filmography. He has scored an impressive amount of films, and not all of them are of Leone quality. Which one is the worst? My pick would be Mission To Mars. I like the score, I really like DePalma, but this film is dreadful.

Trivia Games / Lee Van Cleef
« on: May 29, 2004, 02:10:46 AM »
Not exactly a Leone question, but a Van Cleef question. In Escape From New York, Van Cleef looks even cooler than usual, because of a tiny detail. What detail am I refering to?

A Fistful of Dollars / Small House
« on: May 15, 2004, 06:15:50 AM »
How far is the small house from the town? It takes ages to ride over there, but they can clearly hear the gunshots, yet they can't hear the shots when Clint is practising his aim in the cave. And if they hear the gunshots, they should also be able to hear Baby Jesus snoring, longing for his mom. And why the hell do they keep Marisol in a house 10 feet from were her husband and son lives? Is low budget the best answer?

Trivia Games / Brother Pablo Ramirez
« on: May 15, 2004, 06:10:22 AM »
In which Franco Nero western did Brother Pablo Ramirez play a revolutionary lawyer?

Duck, You Sucker / DYS-help
« on: May 13, 2004, 06:02:02 AM »
The scene in which Steiger sees all those massacred people in the cave supposedly made an incredible impression on italians upon the films release. I can't remember why. It was either mentioned in Fraylings book, or in the Sergio Leone: Once Upon A Time documentary. It was either based on something that had actually happened in Italy, and thereby made an impression on the italians, or it was based on a very famous painting all italians knew. I've been thinking Goya, but haven't found any paintings similar to the scene. Does anyone here know? Please help, this is driving me crazy.

Trivia Games / GBU-Django
« on: May 12, 2004, 02:49:24 AM »
Which actress worked on both Django and GBU?

Trivia Games / Once Upon A Time In The West
« on: May 02, 2004, 06:39:58 AM »
1. Who plays he Indian woman who flees from the train station in the opening sequence, and who was she married to?

2. Who received on screen credit in the original U.S. theatre release prints even though his part was completely cut out of this shortened version?

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / DVD question
« on: April 24, 2004, 07:22:46 AM »
In my old british vhs copy of this film, there characters where introduced with their italian name (il buono...), and in the end their names were spelled in english. I am of course refering to when the picture freezes, and the name appeares on screen. Later, when I got the r1 dvd, the names were in english both in the beginning and in the end. Does anyone know how the new dvd is? I don't know why, but I kind of liked it they way they did it on the vhs copy.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Norwegian Theatrical Release
« on: April 23, 2004, 08:15:41 AM »
I don't know if this will interest anyone but me on this site, but the extended cut of this film will get a theatrical release in Norway on the 14th of may. Although I wish it had been a few months ago (I'll be getting the dvd around the same time), I still have to see this on the big screen.

By the way, when the film was originally released (-66), it was banned in Norway because of its violence. It was finally released in 1982, 16 years later. Seems a bit odd today, but even "Life Of Brian" was banned in Norway upon its original release, because it was blasphemic. The Pythons actually used that to advertise the film: "So funny it was banned in Norway".

Other Films / The Proposition (2005)
« on: April 03, 2004, 04:35:48 AM »
Although not technically a spaghetti, Nick Cave has written a script in spaghetti western style, which will directed by long time friend and collaborator John Hillcoat, and it will be starring Guy Pearce. The film will start shooting in the beginning of 2005, and it should be fantastic (I am after all a Nick Cave-fanatic as well as a spaghetti western fanatic).

The Colossus of Rhodes / Sodom and Gomorrah
« on: April 03, 2004, 03:48:43 AM »
Sergio Leone was a second unit director on this, and is also an uncredited director. Christopher Frayling has said that this is the only pre-Dollar film where you can see the stylist Leones work, making it much more interesting than his other peplum films. He also mentioned that Leone directed the italian version, while Robert Aldrich(the credited director) shot the american version. I don't quite understand this. Did they shoot two films simultaneously like they did with "Dracula" (Lugosi version) and "Druids" (with Christophe Lambert)? One italian and one english version. Or does it mean that Leone shot all the footage that was shot in Italy, while Aldrich only shot in studio in America.

By the way, has anyone seen this film? How is it? Is it possible to find on dvd? It seems like it is an essential item in every Sergio Leone dvd collection.

Trivia Games / Brett McBain
« on: January 16, 2004, 04:44:36 AM »
Which Terrence Hill-Bud Spencer western featured Brett McBain as the ruthless, doublecrossing villain?

Ennio Morricone / Favourite non-Leone Morricone Score
« on: December 07, 2003, 07:55:31 AM »
Apart from "The Mission" (his personal favourite), and "Cinema Paradiso", my pick would be "Days Of Heaven", probably his most underrated score. I personally think it's one of the best things he has ever written, and that says a lot. The man is a genius.

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