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When this thread was begun, donations were at 10% of the goal. They are now at 55%. This board could make the difference. C'mon titoli, you cheap bastard, drop something in the hat.
As far as I am concerned, I just forked out € 110,00 + € 10,00 for shipment to Italy. But I'm a bit worried, since I want my name AND date of birth written on the cross, but there was no field in the order form where I could insert the details for the cross inscription... :( :( :(  So maybe my cross will be the Unknown one???

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Tomas Milian R.I.P.
« on: March 24, 2017, 04:07:40 AM »
Just 3-4 days ago, I watched "The big gundown" ("La resa dei conti") on TV.
He was definetely an interesting person and a good actor; several interviews have been aired on italian TV after his death: I didn't know his father shot himself  in front of T.M. who was 12 at the time.. :'(
May he rest in peace!

For a Few Dollars More / Re: Cars
« on: January 26, 2017, 04:56:26 AM »
According the IMDB, there is a scene during the final gunfight where you can see cars driving on a highway in the background. Has anyone else seen this?

I think you, or rather IMDB is referring to the final scene in GBU, with Tuco standing on the cross and almost getting hanged. During that scene, you could actually see (at least on VHS tapes)  a car passing by on a hill in the background, BUT:

1.  First of all, you could barely see it; I could only spot it after watching very carefully in slow motion and only after somebody on this forum pointed it out many years ago.
2. I have checked on a couple of DVDs of GBU I own and I couldn't see the car anymore. Guess it has been deleted during restoration or when they transferred the movie from VHS to DVD.

Somewhere on this forum there is a thread on this issue, but I'm too lazy to search... ;)

Sergio Leone News / Re: Marshal Eastwood in Carmel
« on: November 03, 2016, 07:05:30 AM »
Looks like the real thing, the pattern is identical, but in FOD the colour of the poncho is more greenish... Thanks for sharing anyway!  O0

Duck, You Sucker / Re: Altering the Map
« on: July 29, 2016, 02:51:00 AM »
Thanks for the link! Short but interesting interview! O0 O0
Personally I always put DYS on a slightly lower level than the dollar trilogy and OUTITW; perhaps also because of Rod Steiger's excessively histrionic acting. Yet there are a few scenes that are undeniably remarkable and truly great stuff (well, with SL couldn't be otherwise..): the pub scene is certainly one of them, but I'm thinking also about Romolo Valli in the truck, nodding , heavy rain, firing squad, Gunther Reza approaching the bridge and the explosion of the bridge itself, just to name a few.
Morricone's Sean-Sean soundtrack did the rest. Incidentally, Carla Leone always claimed that it was her idea to insert the words Sean-Sean in the score..

Ha !!! Even the replica arch has had some stones fall off it !!!  There's a little wooden ladder there, looks like someone has the life-long project of fixing that.  

Anyone KNOW if Leone himself was at this location for the shoot in 1968?  I might guess that this was too-important of a scene to allow a 2nd unit director to thinking would for Leone and Fonda to fly into Las Vegas or Phoenix and drive there, it's not to close to anything big.

Leone was definetely present during the shooting of the arch scene. There was a long and interesting interview on Youtube (now removed for copyright reasons) with Claudio Mancini who told a lot of anecdotes about his friendship with Leone and about the shooting of Leone's movies. He also told some stories about the arch scene (apart from Executive producer of OUITW, he was Harmonica's brother in the arch scene) and I remember in particular that he mentioned it took 3-4 days to film it. He also told the story that during the rehearsals, young Harmonica was getting very tired as he had to carry Mancini's weight on his shoulders for quite some time. So Leone decided to let him rest and to let Mancini stand on a ladder instead while filming some close ups. As it was late in the afternoon and shooting was finished, somebody decided as a joke to remove the ladder and let Mancini "hang" while the whole crew then drove back to the hotel. According to Mancini, he was left there alone and "hanging" for about an hour or so before somebody came back to help him. So that also tells us that the hotel was not too far away from the arch location. ;)

I think it should be left alone as a relic, I'd hate to see it disappear. Now I wouldn't have a problem with a stone from the site surrounding the arch.

Fully agree with CJ!  O0

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Shooting Schedule
« on: July 05, 2016, 04:00:42 AM »

Thanks DJ!
Hell, I didn't check the board for one day and see what I have missed!! :-[
Great news indeed: will check now in Italy about the release date here; it might be earlier because Angelo Novi is involved as well. Also, if Amazon states that the book has 336 pages, it means that the book is already finished: how would they know otherwise..?

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Shooting Schedule
« on: July 04, 2016, 03:53:49 AM »
Hopefully Frayling's new book will include a detailed production schedule.

Dave, didn't know there is a new Frayling book coming...have you got any info on it?? Is it about OUTITW?

Sergio Leone News / Sergio Leone tribute in Rome
« on: July 01, 2016, 04:39:09 AM »
A mega screen has been placed in Rome, close to the stairs of Viale Glorioso, where Sergio used to play as a kid, "surfing" down the stairs on wooden boards.
From June 30th until July 5th, all his movies will be screened: all you need is a radio or a smartphone with earphones and tune in on FM 97.7
The tribute started yesterday (Ennio Morricone was present!) and subsequently Dario Argento and Carlo Verdone will introduce the other movies. The screening basically goes on from midnight till dawn, two movies every night.
For full schedule, see
For board memebers who happen to be in Rome as tourists during this period, this is an unique opportunity..!!
 O0 O0 O0

Thanks Jordan for crediting me with the translation, much appreciated. Good to know that in a very small way, I have contributed somehow to your effort...You know you can count on me any time for translations and other stuff you may need from Italy. :) :)


I got mine today after a three days delay on the expected delivery date (for reasons unknown to me, from Germany it was first sent to Belgium and then to Italy), but otherwise no problem with the package and the book arrived in excellent condition. The courier for Italy was SDA.
As for the book, simply worth every Euro!! D&D rightly says that it is a labor of love. A lot of photos I've never seen before, each person on the photo clearly identified, lots of details. Just as an example, there is a photo of Sergio on the GBU set holding a book in his left hand. I don't know how Peter managed, but he not only identified the book, he also printed a photo of the cover of the book! (turned out to be "Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War"). There is even a copy of the contract signed by Silvana Bacci (the lady in the lost Socorro scene)!! Absolutely amazing.
For those of you who have not order it yet: go for it! You won't regret it. If you don't have the money at the moment, steal it, borrow it, sell your mother in law....but buy it!!! :) :)
Thanks Peter: superb job!

The book is SENSATIONAL!  JUST GREAT. 1A quality, awesome images, a dream.

At first I thought about taking some pictures and posting them here,
but that is nonsense. If you're a Leone fan and care for film books in any way,
you have to get it. Plain and simple. Support Peter here as well of course,
I must say at first I was afraid it would cost more than 80, 100 or even more,
so the modest price is certainly no reason not to buy it. (go eat less expensive junk food :)).
Just ordered my copy. It's available on Amazon Germany only. I checked on Amazon Italy and UK...For those of you interested, I paid € 64,95 for the book, plus € 8,38 for shipment so € 73.33, which in US$ at today's rate of exchange is US$ 83,35. Can't wait.... ;)

Ennio Morricone / 2 months halt to concerts for the Maestro
« on: May 04, 2016, 02:52:52 AM »
Italian newspapers and TV reported yesterday that Ennio is forced to cancel all concerts in May and June due to two collapsed vertebrae. He has been forced by doctors to keep absolutely rested until the end of June. He will therefore not be able to conduct concerts at Santa Cecilia, Rome (May 21-24) as well as those scheduled in Europe. Morricone said: " I'm very sorry, but the new dates for the concerts will be set as soon as possible".

Web Site Announcements / Re: Upload photos
« on: March 23, 2016, 03:22:22 AM »
Thanks Chris! Just uploaded!
 O0 O0

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