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General Discussion / Re:An interview
« on: May 01, 2004, 03:34:49 AM »
Which is your favourite western film?  

Without doubt "the man who killed Liberty Valance", and clearly more for a thematic issue that for the style.  it is the film in which Ford, for  the first time,  has contradicted himself:  he has shown the true face of the West and, he has abandoned his traditional optimism, has embraced  a more realistic vision and, consequently, pessimistic.  He has shown the other face of the myth.

General Discussion / Re:A little question
« on: April 30, 2004, 01:44:36 AM »
Thanks ,  DJIMBO!!!     ;)

General Discussion / A little question
« on: April 29, 2004, 11:48:49 AM »
I found this comment about "My name is nobody" on, and I wonder " which
 is the name on the cross?????

"" "My name is nobody" There are a number of comic scenes scattered throughout the film that make it worthwhile, but my favourite bit is where Nobody is talking to Beauregard in the cemetery and he walks along reading names off the crosses. One of names is that of a certain very well known director of violent movies, the implication being that his time is over, perhaps?......""

I don' remenber this scene well,  is the name on the cross "Sergio Leone" ?

General Discussion / Re:An interview
« on: April 29, 2004, 11:30:33 AM »
Ok!  I  go on.
I've also asked for the name of the journalist and the date of the interview, I'm waiting for the answer from the webmaster of that page.

There are some references to the Greek tragedy  in  A fist of dollars, can we explain these like cultured citations, or have these references others mean to you?

Not, no citation.  It's that it cannot be thought to a western without to make reference the classics.  In fact,  there is not only the Greek tragedy (than however it is fundamental), but also Shakespeare, that  had resumed practically everything from the classic tradition.  And then,  I've always said  that the greatest western's writer  is Omero, and that its personages are  but the archetypes of the heroes of the West.  Ettore, Achille, Agamennone are  but  the sheriffs, the gunmen and the outlaw of the antiquity.   In  the film there are other "cultured" references.  I think to Goldoni and its  Harlequin servant of two master.  The personage of Clint Eastwood finds himself between two gangs  fighting against each other and, serving  at a time one gang then the other, he just accelerates  the destruction of both.  it is an outline of the comedy of the art that comes directly from the classic work of Plauto and Terenzio.  In this way, Eastwood assumes a  political connoted  , cause his action has the taste of the class fight. For sure, politician, but also mythical.  he is a personage who comes from nowhere and in nowhere he goes, and that in the meantime he becomes arbitrator between two nucleus of power.  After all, the true essence of my cinema is this: it is  a  fable full of couplings with the contemporary reality.

General Discussion / Re:An interview
« on: April 29, 2004, 01:02:11 AM »
beyond to john,  is not there anybody else interested  to this interview?    ???

General Discussion / Re:An interview
« on: April 27, 2004, 10:19:42 AM »
I have read the page"Il Buono il Brutto e il Cattivo", but I have not found nothing concerning what you say.  you  could write the words that you have read about Tuco here, therefore I try to translate in English!

Did The idea of the "Trilogy of the dollar" exist since the beginning  or is matured after the succes  of  A fist of dollars?

Leone:- It existed in departure.  Sure, if the film had not had succes, I would have stopped there.  It's a risk that I have accepted integrally since the principle, and nobody was disposed to bet on the good outcome of the film.  the greatest shopkeeper of Florence, Germani, after to have seen A fist of dollars, he said to me:  "Leone, you have made a master-piece that  will not embed a dollar. How could you think about a Western where  the feminine role is reduced to a walker-on ".  And I answered :  "You Think that I have made it exclusively for this.  Perhaps you will be right, but we will be to see ".  Then, after that the film came out , Germani  made always the possible  in order to avoid to meet  me, it's sure that I would have had a pair of things to say to him.

General Discussion / Re:An interview
« on: April 27, 2004, 04:30:06 AM »
Of all the personages of your films, you seem to feel a particular affection for the Mexican Tuco of "il bouno il brutto e il cattiivo".  

Leone:- It's True.  Tuco represents, like then Cheyenne, all the contradictions of the America, and in part also mine.  Volontè would have intentional to interpret that personage, but I don't think it would be the right  choice.  He would have become a neurotic personage, and I instead had need of an actor from the natural comic talent.  Thus I chose Eli Wallach, of usual employed in dramatic parts.  Wallach had in himself something of chaplinian, something that many never have evidently not understood.  And instead, for Tuco it was perfect.

Di tutti i personaggi dei suoi film, lei sembra provare un particolare affetto per il messicano Tuco di Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo.

Leone:- E' vero. Tuco rappresenta, come poi sara' Cheyenne, tutte le contraddizioni dell'America, e in parte anche le mie. Avrebbe voluto interpretarlo Volonte', ma non mi sembrava una scelta giusta. Sarebbe diventato un personaggio nevrotico, e io invece avevo bisogno di un attore dal naturale talento comico. Cosi' scelsi Eli Wallach, di solito impiegato in parti drammatiche. Wallach aveva in se' qualcosa di chapliniano, qualcosa che evidentemente molti non hanno mai capito. E invece, per Tuco fu perfetto.

I'm sorry john, I cannot understand your question!
ask me something preciser

General Discussion / An interview
« on: April 27, 2004, 02:47:54 AM »
I have found this interview to Leone (in Italian) at this link:

, and I have tried translate it, but only the first question at the moment:

Which is your way to see the things concerning the cinema?
Leone:- The cinema has to be show, the public wants this.  And for me the most beautiful show is that one of the myth.  The cinema is myth.  Then, behind this show, you can suggest  all what you want:  the present time, politics, social critic, ideology.  But you must make it without to impose, without to act dishonestly, without to obligate people to endure.  There's  the show and then, in second struck, if one wants he can also  find the reflection. It is a lot more honest to work in this way, as an example to introduce politics  in this way, than not to expect to say the truth at all costs. It's just when it is believed to say the truth (and therefore to represent the reality objective ) that you say the greatest lies. There Are films directed from directors "of left" (politically) who are true reactionary apologies, and viceversa.  in conclusion, the cinema is fantasy and this fantasy, for being truly complete, must have a thickness.

Qual è il suo modo di vedere le cose a proposito del cinema?

Leone:- Il cinema dev'essere spettacolo, e' questo che il pubblico vuole. E per me lo spettacolo piu' bello e' quello del mito. Il cinema e' mito. Poi, dietro questo spettacolo, si puo' suggerire tutto quello che si vuole: attualita', politica, critica sociale, ideologia. Ma bisogna farlo senza imporre, senza prevaricare, senza obbligare la gente a subire. C'e' lo spettacolo e poi, in seconda battuta, se uno vuole puo' anche trovare la riflessione. E' molto piu' onesto lavorare cosi', presentare ad esempio la politica in questo modo, che non pretendere di dire la verita' a tutti i costi. E' proprio quando si crede di dire la verita' (e quindi di rappresentare oggettivamente la realta') che si dicono le piu' grandi bugie. Ci sono film diretti da registi di sinistra che sono veri e propri apologhi reazionari, e viceversa. Insomma, il cinema e' fantasia e questa fantasia, per essere veramente completa, deve avere uno spessore.

General Discussion / Re:References to Leone on TV
« on: April 26, 2004, 01:24:53 PM »
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Inca Mummy Girl
Episode Number 16

A character "Xander" does an explicit reference to Leone

Xander: I'm from the country of Leone. It's in Italy pretending to be Montana.

A reference to the "spaghetti westerns" made in the 60's and the director Sergio Leone. The moves were filmed in Italy but set in the western United States. Xander's poncho outfit is reminiscent of the outfits worn by Clint Eastwood when he starred in these movies.

General Discussion / Re:References to Leone on TV
« on: April 25, 2004, 12:45:59 PM »
I remenber with fun at this movie "watch out we're mad" (with Terence Hill) and in particular to this part.... full of screen shots in the Leone's style.

General Discussion / Re:the man with no name?
« on: April 14, 2004, 03:06:19 AM »
I think was the intention of Leone that one to leave the personage without the name, he was one person very careful  to the details.
"monco"  means "man without one hand" in italian.
 for instance read to this interview to Terence Hill concerning the movie "My name is Nobody":

Is it true that Sergio Leone directed parts of 'My Name is Nobody '?
Yes, he did. Sergio Leone liked the American landscape very much and especially my role of 'Trinity ', so he said to me: "I want you to play a new Trinity, but more serious this time." Sergio suggested the idea of the movie. And he also created 'Nobody is the Greatest ' (A Genius, two Partners and a Dupe ). Then he chose to hide his name and just left the name of his company (Rafran) - but he was always on the set.

Do you still have any of the clothes from your movies?
I still have the hat from 'My Name is Nobody'. That hat was very hard to find, Sergio Leone was very particular about the hat. We went to many theater-costume stores together until we found the right one. I also might have some of the Trinity clothes, they might be in a suitcase somewhere!

I'd like to shoot my teacher too, and then I would say: " WHEN YOU HAVE TO SHOOT SHOOT DON'T TALK"

I'm joking!

General Discussion / Re:References to Leone on TV
« on: April 12, 2004, 07:55:52 AM »
I forgot!

I like very much Eric Serra too, who is to Besson like E. Morricone is to Leone!
I've seen "Jeanne D'arc" but not "le grand bleu" and "The fifth element".
watch Nikita it's a great film, by me!

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re:Tuco's Curses
« on: April 12, 2004, 05:05:39 AM »
I cannot translate  "double-crossing"  to italian!

I think is a figurative expression! ???

for the others I can say that the italian for :

"Hey Blond...You know what you are....
Just a dirty son of a bitch!!!!"----->>>>"Heyyy Biondooo.....Lo sa di chi sei figlio tuuuu??? sei il figlio di una grandissima putta...wauauaaaaaaa" ( the complete word is "puttana" see also the topic " Tuco's full name")

" i like big fat men like you. when they fall, sometimes they never get back up".------>>>>>>"Mi piacciono quelli grandi e grossi come te, perché quando cadono fanno tanto rumore e quando ti butterò giù io... aaahhh ... ne farai di rumore."

" he's tall. he's blond. he smokes a cigar...and he's a pig "---------->>>>>>"Sto cercando un mezzo sigaro, con dietro la faccia di un bastardo alto, biondo e che parla poco"

the last one is completely various, if I try to translate, it should be sound like this:"I'm looking for a "half cigar"  with behind the face of a high, blond bastard and who speaks little"

I do my best! for any questions ....I'm here!

General Discussion / Re:References on Leone on TV
« on: April 12, 2004, 03:58:38 AM »
John, do you like Luc Besson?
I love Nikita and Leon! :)

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