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I'll stick with my dirty 10 and a half for now, but
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:31am

will add a couple of comments:

It was interesting to see that the same fistful (hah!) of movies scored high on all our rankings, and that they all lean to the Spaghetti Westrn era in the late 60s and early 70s. I genuinely think that he was at his best at the time, mature and - well, before ageing visibly. I wonder whether BobO will chime in with his top 10 (or however many).

God's Gun:
You are right, it could have pulled off if it were better directed and Lee has a stunning double role I basically like. It is one of the few movies in which he interacts with kids, much to his advantage, if you ask me. I watched it several times, but still there is some tepid feeling left behind.

Mean Frank and Crazy Tony:
IMDB comes up with Frankie Diomede as a name.
Btw, as far as I am concerned it is very much down the same line as my hazy impression of French movies in the era were and so the other character was more or less what I expected when I watched. We are talking about an era when Louis de Funès was an immensely popular French comedian, if you want to see hectic energy unchained, that is where you want to look. By comparison, Tony is quite a pet. (though Funes used to be on the other side of the law, he usually was a constabler or some petty rank administrator trying to come to grips with life as such).
I am not very familiar with the Eurocrime genre. So I do not know what kind of characters you would usually expect in one of those movies.

Having flipped through IMDb I have to admit that there are some movies I haven't watched in ages, El Condor is one of them, the Magnificent Seven Ride another one. Which is kind of nice, it leaves me with something to look forward to.

Opinions? Comments?

  • Me! Me!Maggie, Thu Feb 15 1:45pm
    As a matter of fact I was about to start a thread like this, it must have been in the air. I will mostly go for multi-layerd and complex characters and the movies I tend to rewatch quite a lot. Like... more
    • I'll stick with my dirty 10 and a half for now, but — Maggie, Fri Feb 16 9:31am
      • @MaggieTheBad7, Mon Feb 19 1:10am
        Hi Maggie-- On this there is no dispute: Lee's prime as an actor was between 1965 and 1974--I chose 1974 as a cutoff as I consider THE STRANGER & THE GUNFIGHTER Lee's last great role as a classic,... more
        • hi tb7Maggie, Mon Feb 19 2:52am
          Great comments! And food for thought. Yes, I would agree on 1974 - for the very reason you mentioned. I think we read repeatedly in this forum he really did want to do more comedy, so it must have... more
          • @Maggie Pt. 2 - Lee The ActorTheBad7, Mon Feb 19 5:30am
            Hi Maggie-- I consider myself a huge L.V.C. fan; however, I was always frustrated by his infatuation with wanting to do comedy. This might upset some fans, but I'm going to say it anyway: Lee, like... more
            • tb7, are you sure...Maggie, Mon Feb 19 7:28am
              ... you meant bad man's river and not barquero (1970)? Bad man's river is a comedy and there is much more slapstick than with Sabata... Can't answer in detail at the moment, got to hop along. I'll be ... more
              • BAD MAN'S RIVERTheBad7, Mon Feb 19 8:40am
                Hi Maggie-- Oh no, I did mean BAD MAN'S RIVER--in fact, Lee's Roy King in that film reminds me of Dakota from THE STRANGER & THE GUNFIGHTER, and I liked the concept of a bank robber taking on a huge... more
      • MF+CT, 1970's era EuroComedy, et alDCG, Fri Feb 16 1:08pm
        Well, first of all, Maggs: I did mention that over multiple viewings, over many years, I have gotten used to Tony LoBianco's goofy "Tony Breda" performance. ;) But you raise a great point, re: that... more
      • @MaggieTheBad7, Fri Feb 16 12:52pm
        Hi Maggie-- Love your comments on MF & CT. I will add to your comments when I can this weekend. :) tb7
    • Thinking about mineBob 0, Fri Feb 16 2:45am
      For A Few Dollars More 65 FAFDM has to be number one if I'm thinking Lee performance and screen time. I'm trying to find a way to include The Squeeze and Last Stagecoach West without dropping... more
      • @BobO: Agree on PER QUALCHE...TheBad7, Fri Feb 16 12:38pm
        Hi Bob-- Agreed. This is the DEFINITIVE L.V.C. performance. Lee gives us EVERYTHING we could possibly want, and on display are all his strengths as an actor. Furthermore, Lee upstages the great Clint ... more
        • Lee's acting developmentDCG, Sat Feb 17 12:50am
          TB7, you probably recall that Clint, around the time of GBU, bitched about how his pictures with Leone kept diminishing his parts as they went along -- (to paraphrase) "Van Cleef's got all the... more
          • OUaTitWDoc, Sat Feb 17 9:57pm
            I heard that Leone wanted Clint, Lee and Eli for his triumphant Once Upon a Time in the West. Story has it that Clint thought "Great, the gang is back together" until he learned that Leone had... more
            • The G.B.U. Trio in WESTTheBad7, Mon Feb 19 5:01am
              Let me qualify this by saying that I am a big fan of Eastwood as both an actor and director--though I prefer him as an actor; in recent years, he sometimes gets too leisurely with his pacing--to the... more
              • ClintDCG, Tue Feb 20 10:58am
                First off: Nice Overview/Perspective on Clint, amigo. I'm pretty sure you know, TB7, that I agree with you --- and have spouting similar words for decades, whenever I fall into conversation about... more
                • @DC: The Eastwood Approach **Spoilers**TheBad7, Tue Feb 20 12:48pm
                  Hi DC-- That's the definitive element to Clint as an actor--I'll be the first to admit, and I am a massive fan of his (have been since childhood), that he has a limited range as an actor. That being... more
                  • Clint, reduxDCG, Wed Feb 21 6:35am
                    Not a lot to add, amigo --- you pretty much covered it! ;) But I'll try... Never read BRIDGES/MC, and only saw the film a few years after it debuted. For whatever reason, it just didn't interest me... more
                    • Final Eastwood ThoughtsTheBad7, Thu Feb 22 1:34am
                      Hi DC-- I only happened by THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY as it was in a stack of novels I had acquired--this was when I was a teenager, and at the time I was a voracious reader; it was there, I had... more
                    • "That's you! You're The Thunderbolt!"TheBad7, Wed Feb 21 8:06am
                      No need for further explanation on THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTFOOT--it's in my Top Three for Eastwood pictures. He and Jeff Bridges should've both scored Oscars for their work in that film--you could even... more
                    • Not to worry!Maggie, Wed Feb 21 7:04am
                      I wont stop stopping by because you go Eastwood or OT, I'm just slightly bogged down with work for a couple of days. I'm reading along every now and again, but I won't be able to write much before... ... more
              • Very insightful comments. Thanks! (nm)Doc, Mon Feb 19 9:40pm
            • Agree w/yr assessment, Doc...DCG, Sun Feb 18 2:23am
              ...and recall, as a kid, a Clint feature in PEOPLE magazine (mid-70s) that included a shot of him screening film for Editing practice. Best, DCG.
            • I'd be interestedMaggie, Sun Feb 18 1:26am
              in the male/female ratio among LVC fans and among Clint fans. In my perception Clint does not score very high in sex appeal, but Lee clearly does. At least I have known more male Clint fans than... more
          • ClintMaggie, Sat Feb 17 5:21am
            is not my favorite actor as I may have mentioned before. And I know he did go on bitching about Leone movies. But no wonder Lee and Eli Wallach stole the show, I always percieve Clints performance as ... more
            • Yep, Kinski was underrated -- if a bit Mad, to be sure. ;) I could never be confident whether his insane, public Rants were an Act or a Cry for Help. I discovered the work of Werner Herzog thru... more
              • The public rants are famousMaggie, Sun Feb 18 9:42am
                but there are rumours that he did that to attract attention. It is interesting to see old TV shows he appeared upon where he just tried to derail things by acting like a spoilt child and everybody... more
                • With the exception of...DCG, Sun Feb 18 10:25pm
                  ..."not an easy character" (at least a lot of people have reported he's "easier" than a Kinski-type), the rest of that sentence applies exactly to Sergio Leone, too: "...shrouded in myths, many of... more
                • Read this on WikipediaDoc, Sun Feb 18 9:32pm
                  "By May 1945, at the end of the war in Europe, the German POWs were anxious to return home. Kinski had heard that sick prisoners were to be returned first, and tried to qualify by standing outside... more
                  • One presumes...DCG, Sun Feb 18 10:32pm
                    ...that Wise & Baron's INTERNATIONAL STARS AT WAR (from which your above quote is extracted) is properly researched and therefore there's some substance to this detail of Kinski's life...but I'd... more
                    • That sounds just likeMaggie, Mon Feb 19 2:05am
                      Kinskiesque (as opposed to Kafkaesque) behaviour. And like a tall story, that learned to walk on it's own, too... No way to tell! We all know what kind of crap can end up in print (remember the blue... more
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