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General Discussion / Comparison photos
« on: August 18, 2006, 04:24:23 AM »
Just found this spanish site with some interesting comparison photos of all SL movies.
Some of them you have seen in other website (valledeltabladillo), but some are new, at least to me.
Be sure to click on segunda parte on the bottom of the fifth page:

General Discussion / US first transcontinental railroad
« on: August 08, 2006, 01:23:54 PM »
Just saw a documentary on History Channel about the first US transcontinental railroad; they even showed some original footage of the famous meeting of the two railways (Union Pacific and Central Pacific)  at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869.
Watching it, I was amazed to see how accurate Leone showed the train stations in his movies, water tanks and windmills etc. I didn't know that in those days, trains needed 1.200 USGallons of water every 15 miles (or 4.500 liters every 24 Km if you prefer)!!!
The windmills' function was simply to pump the water up to the tank. I apologize to the rail buffs on this board who know these things quite well, but I just couldn't help wondering how Leone got every detail right, down to the size of the windmill blades: unbelievable!!

Sergio Leone News / Sergio Leone Day in Rome
« on: May 16, 2006, 08:44:44 AM »
The italian news agency ANSA today reports that on the 18th of may 2006 at the "Casa del Cinema" in Rome, a new exhibition will start as part of the Sergio Leone Day Project created by the italian Ministry of Culture.
The exhibition will show a brand new documentary on Sergio Leone, 280 photos never published before, mainly taken on the movie sets and it will also be the first edition of a newly created movie award.
Reportedly the exhibition (named Omaggio a Sergio Leone or Tribute to Sergio Leone) will close on the 3rd of June.
I will try to get some more info and I will post them as soon as available.
Looks very interesting...!

Once Upon A Time In The West / Charles Bronson interview
« on: March 28, 2006, 07:03:18 AM »
After having watched several times the extras of the special edition DVD of OUTIW and after having read everything that has been published on Sergio Leone and in particular about this movie, from Oreste de Fornari to Christopher Frayling, I have just realized that I have never seen or read an interview with Charles Bronson talking about OUTIW. No anecdotes, no comments on Leone, no nothing.
Claudia Cardinale in one of her interviews just said that Chuck on the set was a very quiet man, playing with a baseball while waiting for his turn etc. But nothing from the man himself.
Does anybody have a copy of an interview with Bronson talking about OUTIW that  can be shown on this board????

Trivia Games / Why did I post this photo?
« on: November 12, 2005, 05:39:20 AM »
Can anybody tell me why I posted this photo?

Duck, You Sucker / Villega's torture scene
« on: October 25, 2005, 07:18:28 AM »
A rare still of Villega's torture scene, which as you know has been cut.

By the way, thanks to Cigar Joe for teaching me how to upload images: I owe you a beer!!!

Once Upon A Time In The West / Rare still of OUTIW
« on: October 25, 2005, 07:13:38 AM »
Just found this photo which I have never seen before.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Sad Hill Cemetery
« on: October 25, 2005, 06:49:30 AM »
Check out this site I've found by chance. It's all about Sad Hill...
and check under filmlocations

Looks OK to me... !!:D

General Discussion / Behind the scenes stills
« on: October 22, 2005, 05:30:18 AM »
Found this site (some of you probably know it already)with a lot of interesting behind the scenes stills, some from Leone's family private collection.
After seeing this page, click on Extra2 and 3 where you can find more of them.
The same site has some very good comparison shots, just updated in June 2005.
Here's the link, hope it works.

P.S. ICE, I didn't mean to steal the show, but some of the pics are too good and I just couldn't wait...! ;)

Sergio Leone News / Leone exhibition in Los Angeles
« on: August 01, 2005, 10:01:10 AM »
Has anyone seen the Leone exhibition in L.A. yet? Would like to hear some comments.
All major italian networks in their main news have talked about the opening, with an interview with Claudia Cardinale (standing next to Christopher Frayling) etc.
I envy you guys living in California....!

Trivia Games / Leone's favorite western?
« on: January 22, 2005, 07:22:01 AM »
Does anybody know which was Leone's favorite western???
(It's an easy one...)

Web Site Announcements / CAL: Help needed
« on: December 29, 2004, 05:03:12 AM »
Hi Cal,

Got a problem. On dec.26 I posted something in OUTIW forum, under "Quite simply the best movie". After my post, I cannot read any subsequent posts, as on top of the page I get this message: Parse error in /home/virtual/site100/fst/var/www/html/forums/sources/subs-php/894:vegexp code line 1.
Fatal error: failed evaluating code.
So the last post I can see in this forum is mine; nothing after that. Everything else is working ok, all other topics and forums I can see without any problems.
Could you help me please by telling me how to solve this mess???
Thanks and Happy New Year!!

General Discussion / Leone vs spaghetti westerns
« on: October 09, 2004, 05:16:18 AM »
Please, would you guys refrain from calling Leone's movies "spaghetti westerns"??!!
First of all, Leone never liked this term applied to his movies.
Secondly, the term is derogatory and indicates the hundreds of cheap imitations shot in the late sixties/ early seventies.
In Italy, nobody refers to Leone's movies as "spaghetti westerns", simply because Leone's movies are perceived as masterpieces which have nothing to do with the cheap pseudo-westerns shot in 2-3 weeks on ridiculously low budgets, so much so that sometimes they were not even shot in Spain (too expensive...) but in the country side near Rome.
Call them "Leone's movies" but not spaghetti westerns. Do it as favour to the Great Man himself: you don't want him to turn in his grave, do you???

General Discussion / S. Leone on need your help!
« on: September 28, 2004, 04:58:41 AM »
While checking something on, I found out that Sergio Leone is credited as director for a movie called "El magnifico extranjero", a.k. "The magnificent stranger".  
The release date of this black and white movie is 1967, right between GBU and OUITW and the main actors are Luana Anders, Paul Brinegar, Lloyd Corrigan and Robert Donner.
No plot nor other valuable details are available on imdb.
I've never heard of this movie before and neither (I think) has Christopher Frayling, since he has not mentioned it in his excellent biography of Sergio.
Has anyone seen this movie? What is this all about???
Help!!! ???

General Discussion / Leone's movie that was never shot
« on: June 05, 2004, 03:21:24 AM »
In June's 2004  issue of the italian movie magazine "Ciak", there is an interview with Andrea Leone (Sergio's son), where he announces that he is trying to get a movie shot which his father planned to shoot before the Leningrad project. It was written by Sergio together with L. Morsella and F. Toncella.
The story (25 pages) is in the magazine and it's truly great stuff. It is called "A place only Mary knew" and it's about two rogues who became friends during the civil war in 1863-1864. Leone had R. Gere and Mickey Rourke in mind; Rourke apparently was enthusiastic about it and he spent several days at Leone's home in 1988 discussing the movie. Andrea said he now would like Brad Pitt and George Clooney for the parts, as Rourke and Gere are now too old; when asked who he would like to direct it, he said Q. Tarantino, which makes sense. Leone wanted to dedicate the movie to Edgar Lee Masters, Mark Twain, Ambrose Pierce and Margaret Mitchell ("Gone with the wind"). Let's hope that Andrea manages to get the movie made, as the story is really great, although only Leone could have directed it the way we all like...!

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