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Web Site Announcements / Frog in an ice cube: help needed!
« on: June 07, 2011, 02:37:36 PM »
All of a sudden my avatar disappeared and I got this horrible hybernated frog: I've tried to get rid of it but no way. Do other people have the same problem? If so, how did you solve it?? Please help! :'(

Sergio Leone News / Cinema Cinema: Sergio Leone
« on: January 03, 2011, 05:30:50 AM »
Hello guys! I'm  looking for the documentary "Cinema Cinema: Sergio Leone" (see:
Since it has been aired on TV all over the world since it was released in 2001 in Spain, has any of you saved in on DVD or CD? If so, could you please contact me by email?
Thanks in advance! :)

Sergio Leone News / Hanley's book on GBU
« on: March 03, 2010, 03:51:07 AM »
Any news on this book??

Once Upon A Time In The West / Behind the scene photos
« on: November 12, 2009, 05:06:14 AM »
At  the recent Lyon film Festival in France, there was a Sergio Leone and Don Siegel tribute. Clint was of course present.
From the Festival's web site, I found 8 behind the scenes photos, 6 out of which I had never seen before:

General Discussion / Sergio Leone RIP
« on: April 30, 2009, 12:51:18 AM »
Sergio passed away on April 30, 1989, exactly 20 years ago.  :'(
Italian TV and newspapers have all remembered him with articles and video clips mainly during the news.
A very interesting new 2 hour documentary produced by RAI Educational (La storia siamo noi) was shown a few days ago and it had some interesting interviews, although some of them were not new. But all in all, it was quite interesting.
He died in the evening and according to his wife Carla, they were watching on TV an old Robert Wise movie called ironically "I want to live", when suddendly Sergio told her that he wasn't feeling well: he died shortly after.
Long live Sergio!

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Arch Stanton's skeleton
« on: June 30, 2008, 07:49:54 AM »
Well, guess not many of you guys know that Arch Stanton's skeleton was in fact the skeleton of a female...!
For the scene at the Sad Hill cemetery, Sergio was looking for a real skeleton, not one of these rubber props.
So set decorator Carlo Leva came to know that in Madrid a lady had a real skeleton for hire. It was her mother's (who in life had been an actress) skeleton and before she died, she expressed the wish that her skeleton should be used for movies, so that her acting career could continue after death..
For those of you who speak italian:
and also:

Once Upon A Time In The West / Scorsese & the restored version of OUTITW
« on: September 29, 2007, 08:30:31 AM »
The italian news agency ANSA reports that on october 24th in Rome, Martin Scorsese will officially show the restored version of OUTITW.
Rumour has it that it will include some of the missing footage.
Will keep you posted..

Once Upon A Time In The West / Claudio Mancini and Leone
« on: August 02, 2007, 02:22:45 PM »
Just found this 30 minutes interview with Claudio Mancini who talks about him and Sergio.
Remember he was on young Bronson's shoulder at the arch scene.
I'm sorry for those of you who do not speak italian, as it is really extrememly interesting for Leone fans.
Full of behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes.
The only thing he did not clarify was those last words he spoke before being hanged. But I'm trying to find out from the author of the interview.
According to him, it took 2 full days to shoot the arch scene; it was Leone who convinced him to play Bronson's brother, after a long and unsuccessful search for a Bronson lookalike. The scene was shot without the vest that in cinema is used normally for hanging scenes. On the last evening of filming, young Bronson (Dino Mele) was extremely tired, so for Mancini's close-ups, Leone decided to use a ladder instead of Mele. After finishing shooting, as a joke, the crew and Leone left him there "hanging" alone and it took him quite a while to get down on his own, as his hands were tied behind his back..!
As for Al Mulock's suicide, he confirmed the whole story; he was the first one on the scene after Mulock's deadly fall and as he was trying to help poor Al, he could hear Leone behind him saying "Claudio, the clostume! We must get his costume for tomorrow!!" He also said that he could sense that there was something wrong with Mulock before his suicide, as he stopped eating days before and he looked very depressed.
Another interesting anecdote: for OUTITW, Mancini managed to find in Madrid an old locomotive which he bought for what he thought was a  very reasonable price. The next day Leone arrives in Madrid and as soon as he is told by Mancini that he bought this locomotive, Leone goes "Are you crazy???Get out of here!!!" A few minutes after that, a spanish journalist who wanted to interview him told him"You know Mr. Leone, not even John Ford bought a locomotive for his movies!" Upon hearing this, Leone shouts "Get that son of a bitch (Mancini) back!!" And the train made history in OUTITW..
Here is the link, for those of you who speak italian a real treat:

It has just been announced that this year at the Venice Film Festival (together with the Cannes Film Festival the most important european film festival), there will be a special section and screenings of spaghetti westerns.
Here is the list of the movies which will be shown:

Quentin Tarantino has been instrumental in organizing this retrospective:

Furthermore, it has been announced that a new and restored copy of Fistful of Dollars will be shown.
They have invited all directors, screenwriters, stuntmen etc who are still alive. Ennio Morricone apparently will get an award too.
Two brand new spaghetti westerns will be shown:
- Sukyaki Western Django by  Mike Takashi
- Searchers 2.0 by Alex Cox
The Venice Film Festival starts on August 29th and ends on Sept. 8th.
If any of you guys who reside outside Italy is planning a holiday in our country, it would be worth including Venice (which is a must anyway) in your trip... ;)

Off-Topic Discussion / Big wednesday
« on: July 04, 2007, 05:13:15 AM »
Just watched last night this movie after many years.
Found it still quite a good movie, the sort of movie that makes you grab a beer or the bottle of Jack Daniels automatically and makes you think rather nostalgically about the sixties..
Powerful shots of the surfing action.
Seems like Jan-Michael Vincent ended up as an alcoholic somewhere in Colorado: anybody has some up-dates on his whereabouts and present situation?
John Milius is quite a good director and a great admirer of Sergio Leone and of OUTITW in particular, but after Big Wednseday he only had a couple of box office hits (Conan in 1982 and Red Dawn in 1984) as a director.
Whadda you guys think about Big Wednesday;  just for  people of my age (54) or do younger guys appreciate it too?

Off-Topic Discussion / Merry Christmas
« on: December 24, 2006, 05:08:14 AM »
Just wanted to wish you guys a Merry Christmas and a 2007 full of health, luck and joy!
You are all good company and this board is always my first web site when I start surfing the net!
Thanks to all and best wishes to everybody!

Once Upon A Time In The West / Hank's son
« on: November 24, 2006, 01:24:50 PM »
Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this one!
Henry Fonda's son!! Apparently while HF was shooting OUTIW back in 1968 in Almeria, he met a nice young spanish girl....
There really is a striking resemblance and according to Josè Novo, his mother told him that he REALLY is Frank's son.
Did you guys know about this???

Sergio Leone News / RAI archives - SL material
« on: November 18, 2006, 07:02:46 AM »
Found this site from the italian state television with some short interviews with Sergio.
It's in italian unfortunately.

Sergio Leone News / Sergio Leone on Sky channel
« on: September 02, 2006, 12:15:52 PM »
On the italian Sky Channel they will screen a tribute to Sergio Leone. According to the info, there will be a restored version (by Sky!!) of FFDM which will be screened in HD. This restored version will also be screened at the Venice Film Festival (which is going on at the moment) as a tribute to SL.
Here is the schedule on Sky Cinema Classic on channel 315:
Sept. 9 at 21.00 hrs: FOD
Sept. 10 at 21.00 hrs: FFDM in High Defin.
Sept. 11 at 21.00 hrs.: GBU
Sept. 12 at 21.00 hrs.: DYS
Sept. 13 at 21.00 hrs.: OUTIW

Additionally, they will screen two documentaries about SL:
Sept. 4 at 19.50: "I sogni nel mirino" Interviews, super 8 footage, drawings etc all about SL.
Sept. 5 20.00 hrs.: "I western di Sergio Leone" Interviews with SL, Ennio Morricone and Tonino Delli Colli.
For those of you residing in Italy or who happen to be on holiday here, the two documentaries sound particularly interesting. I'm trying to figure out how to record from Sky Channel to VHS (I do not own a DVD recorder) which apparently is not that easy:
Message for Titoli: ammesso che Tu abbia Sky, hai mai provato a registrare su VHS direttamente da Sky?? Se sì, fammi sapere come si fa, grazie. Comunque secondo me vale la pena di vedere i documentari!

Trivia Games / El Paso bank manager
« on: August 19, 2006, 03:12:38 AM »
Just before leaving for a one week vacation to the swiss alps, here is my question: who plays the El Paso bank manager in FFDM???
If you don't know, you'll have to wait for the answer until my return on August 27th..... ;D

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