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General Discussion / Re:LEONE SCENE YOU DISLIKE.
« on: September 20, 2004, 04:21:00 AM »
I always disliked the scene in DYS where on top of Juan's head suddendly a banner appears with "Bank of Mesa Verde" written on it: too much like a comic book.
The movie at that point loses credibility and every time I watch it, it always takes me some time in the movie to get over it...

General Discussion / Re:Leone's personal favourites
« on: August 23, 2004, 04:58:11 AM »
One of his favourite movies was certainly "Monsieur Verdoux" by Charlie Chaplin. In Sergio's words: "one of the finest films I know". See page 212 of Christopher Frayling's "Something to do with death". He also loved John Ford and at his home he a had a photo of J.F. who wrote "to Sergio Leoni (yes, Leoni, not Leone!) on it. I think he got it through Woody Strode.
He also loved "Modern times" by Chaplin and "Angels with dirty faces" (see page 5 same source).
As for the music, I have no idea.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re:DVD-collections and wishes
« on: August 11, 2004, 02:55:05 AM »
Funny, nobody mentioned "The Wild Bunch"!!!

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:Harmonica?
« on: August 09, 2004, 02:29:46 AM »
This matter was discussed on the 14th of July. Please check on this discussion board. The topic was called "Anyone knows how to play harmonica?".
Good luck and let us know whether you have been able to reproduce the exact sound, which judging from the previous messages seems to be quite difficult.

General Discussion / Re:Reading Leone?
« on: August 08, 2004, 10:43:13 AM »
I've got a book in italian called "L'antiwestern e il caso Leone" by Franco Ferrini. I bought it in the early seventies. It has the full script, scene by scene, of DYS, plus the script of the cut sequences in OUTIW.
By the way, the ending of DYS was WITHOUT flash-back.
Back in the mid-seventies, I wrote a letter to Leone's production company RAFRAN in Rome, pretending to write a book and asking for the scripts of his movies. I did get a reply, but I was told that scripts are propriety of the director and cannot be given to anyone unless specifically authorized  the director.
To the best of my knowledge, the book by Ferrini is the only one with a Leone script.
Trivia: what does RAFRAN stand for?
Answer: initials of Leone's children Raffaella, Francesca and Andrea.

Other Films / Re: The Wild Bunch (1969)
« on: August 06, 2004, 04:34:31 AM »
Thanks Uknown Grave for the interesting link.
Just ordered the DVD from Amazon UK.
Will see...

General Discussion / Re:Women don't like Leone, or Westerns?
« on: August 06, 2004, 04:22:26 AM »
I remember this topic has been discussed about a year ago. Turns out that only 5 women are members of this site.
Guess that it is basically due the fact that westerns are perceived as typical male movies.
In Leone's case, you must add some violence which women generally don't like plus the fact that (luckily) there are no romantic love stories etc.
Women I know who have seen Leone's movies tend to agree that he is a great director, but did not like the stories as such.
OUTIA seems to get higher scores with women, perhaps because women play an important role in this movie.

Other Films / Re: The Wild Bunch (1969)
« on: August 05, 2004, 02:49:20 AM »
Thanks guys, particularly thanks to UKNOWN GRAVE for his detailed reply.
 :) :) :)

Other Films / Re: The Wild Bunch (1969)
« on: August 02, 2004, 12:22:23 PM »
Apart from Leone's movies, which are of course on top of my all time favourites (OUTITW being THE movie!), I also like "The wild bunch" a lot.
Does anyone know whether there is a Special or Collector DVD of this movie for sale (for Europe)? If so, what are the extras? Quality?
Thanks guys. :)

A Fistful of Dollars / Re:MARIANNE KOCH?
« on: July 29, 2004, 01:08:58 PM »
Cheap co-production (Spain/Germany/Italy) with a load of unknown actors, actually dated 1967.
I haven't seen it, but I really think I didn't miss much...
Marianne Koch was the only known actress and in fact in the sixties, she was quite famous in Germany.
Further details: check

Yes,'bruto' means 'savage,brute,barbarian' in English.But I think 'bad' is better for the title of the movie.
Sorry guys, guess it's time for an italian to give you the exact translation.
The word "brutto" in italian means "ugly", whereas "bruto" (just a single "t") means "brute or brutal".
The word "buono" means "good" and "cattivo" means "bad"
The movie in italian it's called "Il Buono, il brutto e il cattivo" which means exactly "The good, the ugly and the bad"; the sequence of the 3 words was changed for the english title for reasons unknown to me
Just for the record... :)

Great site. Just wanted to thank you: keep it up!!!

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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