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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:Restored Version at the Music Box...
« on: October 12, 2003, 03:58:42 PM »
Well, IMHO after seeing the film on television 88 times and counting, a new version is more than welcome.  We're not talking the King James bible here.

I agree that some of the scenes should have remained on the editing room floor (Tuco in the cave for sure).  But the two additional scenes with Angeleyes add depth without detracting from the pacing.  Definitely makes him less two-dimensional, and adds a sympathetic element to his character.  

When the Stones tour, they don't perform the songs identically each time.  I'm not offended if a movie is treated as a fluid work, as long as the scenes were filmed at the time of the original.  You're still talking about the same spirit of creative inspiration on the screen.  

Now if a hack at a studio starts digitally recreating new scenes to push out a new DVD revenue stream...  

Trivia Games / Re:The Quote Game
« on: October 02, 2003, 02:01:52 AM »
Stevens it is.

"I'll pay you to leave me alone"

"Five hundred dollars - and some in gold.  A tidy sum."

"old man" - shame on me, that's Baker  :P

A thousand pardons.

How did a bunch of Italian screenwriters come up with all these great names?  Arch Stanton, Bill Carson, Baker, etc.

Ar-Ar-Arch Stanton?

Trivia Games / Re:The Quote Game
« on: October 01, 2003, 07:32:06 AM »
aka Bill Carson

Trivia Games / Re:The Quote Game
« on: October 01, 2003, 07:25:39 AM »
Stevens???  That's a new one on me, who's that?

If  that's the name of the unfortunate soul who gets blown away by AngelEyes while his wife and kids look on, then you are CORRECT.  

He deserved it for ratting out Beel Carson.

Trivia Games / Re:The Quote Game
« on: September 30, 2003, 03:26:55 PM »
"What are you being paid for killing me?"

My favorite is in GBU - not actually a single scene, but the whole sequence with AngelEyes at the beginning.  The way he serves himself the meal from the bowl, slowly dishing it out and calmly eating - while his prey squirms like a fly desperately trying to get out of the spider's web.

The next scene where he debriefs the old man who commissioned the hit, then pops six caps in his head through the pillow.  "I think he meant this for you", "Haha, haha, haha, hack, hack.......Angeleyes, NO, NO!!!"   BOOMBOOMBOOM ;D

Then freeze frame to "The Bad..." and wa-ah-wa-ah-waaaaaaaah.  Totally classic, Lee Van Cleef was such a nasty piece of work in that movie.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:Restored Version at the Music Box...
« on: September 30, 2003, 02:59:54 PM »
When you English sods finally join the rest of western civilisation you'll have the pleasure of hearing Eli Wallach trying to conjure up Tuco 40 years later.  He sounds like a frail old Jewish shopkeeper now.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:Restored Version at the Music Box...
« on: September 20, 2003, 03:10:18 AM »
I never slept so soundly on a plane as I did returning from Amsterdam, I was OUT until the plane hit the tarmac  8)

Hey Angeleyes, were you searching for Maria - did she tell you where Beel Carson is?

Adios Half-Soldier!


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:suspention of disbelief
« on: September 11, 2003, 01:49:16 PM »
If memory serves me correctly, doesn't Tuco fling the bottle down the sand dune when he sees Blondie by the carriage?  There's the closeup shot of the bottle rolling down the dune and hitting Blondie in the head.

Blondie, even in his weakened and near death condition, still had his Odysseian wits about him.   He summoned forth all his remaining strength and used the earth's gravitational pull and the proper positioning of his body to rotate down the dune in  such a precise manner to enable him to land exactly at the foot of the carriage.  This superhuman act of will enabled him to capture the dying words of Bill Carson, the besotten lover of that fresh young whore just up from the territories.

No suspension of disbelief necessary, the internal logic of this work of art remains intact and unsullied.

"a-a-a-Arch Stanton?"

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:Restored Version at the Music Box...
« on: September 04, 2003, 11:54:14 AM »
Angeleyes, I googled Amsterdam and to your utter misfortune it doesn't look like GBU is playing there currently.  

Console yourself with a Sherazade at Cafe Dampkring.

"To sleep, perchance to dream"

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:Restored Version at the Music Box...
« on: September 02, 2003, 02:28:06 PM »

[ I make my yearly pilgrimage to Amsterdam this month, now that would be fun.../quote]

Amsterdam + "Coffeehouse" + GBU + 70mm = FUN

"Theres nothing better than a good smoke after a meal"  ;)

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:Restored Version at the Music Box...
« on: August 25, 2003, 02:11:01 PM »
Angel Eyes, you could probably hop over to Italy & catch it - I'm sure its playing in Rome.  Hows it go again -  Il Bruto, Il Buono Il Cattivo?  Would probably be a trip seeing it in the mother tongue.

Speaking of which, I've heard that the actor who dubs the voice of Clint Eastwood is a huge star in Italy.  Sits at cafes wearing a silk cravatte signing autographs, sipping prosecco.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:Restored Version at the Music Box...
« on: August 12, 2003, 09:40:27 PM »
" sold my hide!"

Too bad it hasn't been to Phoenix yet, hopefully they book it there soon.  I remember I also saw OUATITW on a 35mm rerelease 5 or so years ago,   that was equally spectacular.  "Well, now that you know me by name..."

Personally, I think GBU makes a great children's movie.   Great moral lessons to be learned, like Brothers Grimm  ;)

But on to more serious matters.  Since the film has been rereleased, will the Academy rules now rectify a grievious injustice and award an Oscar to Eli Wallach?    You get jaded watching it on the small screen so many times, but MY GOD does he sink his teeth into that role.  Bravo!  Clint Eastwood has obviously risen to the screen Pantheon since then, but Tuco makes him disappear whenever they're in the same frame - no easy task in hindsight.   Chewed the hell out of the scenery, but who cares - has anyone ever conveyed a similar manic force-of-nature intensity on screen?  


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Restored Version at the Music Box...
« on: August 11, 2003, 03:33:16 PM »
Hey, newbie here.

Just saw the restored version at the Music Box in Chicago, old movie palace.

This is where I first saw the film as a 9 year old kid back in 1967.  My cousins lived 2 blocks from the theater, and we saw GBU 3 times in the summer of '67.   Each time we would leave the theater all hyped up with excitement, not really being able to explain what we had seen but knowing we'd experienced something incredible.

It's still an incredible movie, it's amazing how well it's held up after almost 40 years.  What I found kind of interesting seeing it again on the big screen is how diminished Eastwood is.  On TV, he commands the screen but in 35mm he doesnt have nearly the same presense.  But Tuco & Angel Eyes blew me away.  The opening scenes with Angel Eyes are insane, epecially when he first dismounts his horse and his first closeup silhouettes that face against the blue desert sky.  The coolest establishing shot ever.  Superb, he IS evil incarnate, especially the scene in the hacienda, "And some in gold...a tidy sum"    ;D

Totally different experience in 35mm, you need to go see it ASAP.  

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