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« #15 : July 12, 2007, 07:06:54 PM »

Amazing, in fact.  The best scene in the film, I'd say.

Second best. The finale is tops and even surpasses Yojimbo's lazy climax.One of the best scenes Leone ever directed I say.




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« #16 : July 12, 2007, 07:09:23 PM »

and offers one of the few SW scores you can listen to without wincing at least once.

Maybe somebody has a better grasp at what MWND was trying to say here because I don't quite understand.
What kind of wincing is associated with other SW scores?




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« #17 : July 12, 2007, 07:45:28 PM »

Most spaghetti western scores are great. I never found myself wincing at any upon hearing them. I love them all for the most part. Ennio's score's especially. Very unique original.




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« #18 : July 13, 2007, 08:42:08 AM »

I thought Clint talked too much in A Fistful of Dollars. He is not the best actor, and the fewer the words the better.

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« #19 : July 19, 2007, 08:27:13 PM »

I'm watching the VHS version of this and i can't help but wonder WHY is it underrated and why did i disliked it so much :-\

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« #20 : July 19, 2007, 08:30:43 PM »

I thought Clint talked too much in A Fistful of Dollars. He is not the best actor, and the fewer the words the better.

That might have something to do with his screen time.

In the later entries he has less and less of it.
Leone went Ga-Ga for whatever new american star he could get.

I think he carefully balances the two (LVC and Eastwood) in FAFDM but goes way overboard with Tuco in GBU.




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« #21 : July 19, 2007, 09:39:54 PM »

I thought Clint talked too much in A Fistful of Dollars. He is not the best actor, and the fewer the words the better.

Currently watching RAWHIDE on dvd.
Believe me, he improved tremendously over the years. LOL!

Best Clint moment: after he tells the story about his mule; the Baxters laugh at him;
that LOOK IN CLINT'S EYES! Man, that is so far from Rowdy Yates. How Leone saw TMWNN in eastwood, I'll never know.


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« #22 : July 20, 2007, 04:16:38 PM »

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How Leone saw TMWNN in eastwood, I'll never know.

He didn't. He just took what $15000 could buy.


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« #23 : July 20, 2007, 04:26:55 PM »

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« #24 : July 20, 2007, 04:51:34 PM »

As much as Eastwood may have rationalized later, I don't think he half understood what was going on in Almeria his first time around. I don't think he knew where Leone was leading to (I always wondered how much Leone himself knew about it). The fact that he tried to smuggle as his own, in spite of contrary evidence, the idea of the poncho makes me presume that he doesn't like to be reminded that his whole career as a superstar is COMPLETELY indebted to Leone. I think he started to understand things only after he saw the movie (he was sent a copy just after the movie was ready to be released in Italy) with Morricone's score (that would change things a lot, wouldn't it?). I don't believe he had seen Yojimbo (same Eastwood wouldn't  take subsequently the trouble to go and watch DYS, come on). Maybe he perceived something about the infringement of Hollywood rules about violence. But he didn't expect anything from a low-budget western shot by europeans, least of all a subversion of his screen persona.


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« #25 : July 20, 2007, 05:04:11 PM »

Interviews I've seen of Eastwood, he says that he had seen Yojimbo and admired the film.  It was a consideration for him when he accepted the FOD assignment.

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« #26 : July 20, 2007, 06:29:46 PM »

It would be interesting to make a reasearch on newspapapers and see where and when Yojimbo was exhibited in California. Anyway, to me Eastwood's is ex-post rationalization.


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« #27 : July 20, 2007, 06:33:25 PM »

That might have something to do with his screen time.

In the later entries he has less and less of it.
Leone went Ga-Ga for whatever new american star he could get.

I think he carefully balances the two (LVC and Eastwood) in FAFDM but goes way overboard with Tuco in GBU.

Also Clint wanted to do lesser lines for his character, which is very rare in the actor because they wanted more scenes, more attention. I don't think Leone liked it as much but in the end it was a good move. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly was my favoriite movie as Clint's iconic role, because he had the fewest lines of the main cast, and he was still to me the most memorable characters in the film.

Drunk Captain "What's your name?"

Blondie "Uh..."

really well done. and Clint surely improved as an actor since Rawhide. A Fistful of Dollars was when he started to change.

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Also Clint wanted to do lesser lines for his character, which is very rare in the actor because they wanted more scenes, more attention.


This is another circumstance worth investigation. That would mean he grasped at once the essence of the character and of the movie. Which I doubt, as he was shooting for the first time with a director who couldn't speak english for life and a crew who could speak it even less.


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This is another circumstance worth investigation. That would mean he grasped at once the essence of the character and of the movie. Which I doubt, as he was shooting for the first time with a director who couldn't speak english for life and a crew who could speak it even less.

Hey guys, quit dumping on Clint.
The greatness of the films is due to the holy trinity of Sergio, Ennio, and Clint.
Clint and Sergio have both made claims that turned out to be of dubious merit.
Cut 'em some slack.

nuff said!

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