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« : February 25, 2021, 08:34:24 AM »

Giancarlo Santi died yesterday at the age of 81. He was Leone?s assistant director in GBU, OUTITW and DYS. In fact, he was supposed to direct DYS himself, but both the actors (Steiger in particular) and the producers insisted and wanted Leone to direct it and in the end Leone had to give in.
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« : February 25, 2021, 08:37:00 AM Leonardo »
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« #1 : February 25, 2021, 03:10:57 PM »

In fact, he was supposed to direct DYS himself, but both the actors (Steiger in particular) and the producers insisted and wanted Leone to direct it and in the end Leone had to give in.
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Odd, though, that Santi knew nothing of the plan until after the fact. The SL Encyclopedia reports:
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Before SL agreed to direct DYS, he had intended to produce the picture with Santi directing. Frayling reports that principal photography had begun before protests from Steiger and Coburn forced SL to make the change, but a 2007 interview conducted with Santi by John Exshaw (http://www.cinemaretro.com/index.php?/categories/30-John-Exshaw) revealed that Santi had been unaware of SLs intentions, had arrived on set expecting to be Leone's assistant, and only learned about the original plan later.

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The best-known story involving Santi concerns his aborted direction of ?Gi? la testa?, caused by Rod Steiger?s refusal to work with anyone other than Leone. After about three days, so the story goes, Steiger refused to continue under Santi?s direction, responding to Leone?s assurances that Santi was perfectly capable by saying, okay, I?ll send along my stand-in, he?s perfectly capable too. And so, reluctantly, Leone demoted Santi and assumed the directorial burden himself . . .

Santi, however, remembers things rather differently. At the end of filming ?Once Upon a Time in the West?, he recalls, Leone turned to him, removed his viewfinder and placed it around Santi?s neck, telling him, ?You will direct the next film.? Santi, who doesn?t appear to have harboured any great desire to be a director, thought no more about it. Some two years later, when Santi was working in Africa as assistant director on Glauber Rocha?s ?The Lion Has Seven Heads?, Leone, unbeknownst to him, took out a full-page ad. in Variety announcing ?Gi? la testa?, ?to be directed by Giancarlo Santi?. Leone was immediately bombarded with telegrams from both Steiger?s and James Coburn?s agents: their clients had accepted the film on the understanding that it was to be ?Directed by Sergio Leone?, and they weren?t going to settle for the crown prince in place of the king. When Santi did join the film as assistant director, it was the first he?d heard of all this rumpus, and he categorically denies that he shot any principle scenes, or any scenes which would not fall within the usual remit of the assistant director.

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« #2 : February 26, 2021, 02:48:54 AM »

Ha ha, delicious ...

One can write a book of all the stories of people who directed or not directed small or large parts of the films related with Leone's name ...

Absolutely amazing are also the statements of Leone and Aldrich about Leone's involvement in Sodom and Gomorrah. 2 different realities in one world ...

Where is the story of Leone being the real director of Bycicle Thieves?


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« #3 : March 01, 2021, 10:01:53 AM »


Where is the story of Leone being the real director of Bycicle Thieves?

That one is just a plain lie. Leone could never have done it he was busy enough directing both Germania anno zero and Flemming?s Joan of Arc that year.


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