DCG
That's great, Aaron...
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:19pm

...and Thanx for gettin' things goin' (which, as you probably guessed, is what I was tryin' to do with my prior post, LOL)...!

I suspect, if we took a Survey, we'd find that the vast majority of TheBad.net members (and lurkers) first found LVC via Leone -- via either FF$M or GBU -- as you an' Maggs both did.

It was FF$M, that first hit home for me.

Back in about 1995 or '96, iirc -- we had an amazing local video store (that I later worked at), and they not only had half a dozen Spahgetti Western shelves, but a Directors' section, with a whole shelf for Leone, himself.

FF$M was one the first Spaghetti's I rented there, having vague memories of watching it on the Late, Late, LATE Movie when I was kid, sneakin' into the living room after my folks hit the hay on Friday and Saturday nights...turning down the sound so low I could barely hear it, face 8 inches from the TV screen.

Once I saw Van Cleef onscreen, I also began recalling his face from other childhood TV viewings, especially Saturday Round-Ups of Western show re-runs, some of which also appeared during the After School & Before the 6-O'Clock News time slots.

Soon after, I discovered a Spaghetti Western forum online, and that led to me finding Aaron's original site (Thanks, again, Aaron!)...

Hope to hear lots more "Origin Stories" from y'all out there in LVC-land! ;)

Best,
DCG.




  • Re: Caring about Lee Van CleefAaron, Thu Apr 26 2:42am
    As someone who is very guilty of being silent on here, Iíll start! I was drawn to LVC after first watching Fistul of Dollars on television in 1991. At the time I had zero interest in westerns. I was... more
    • Met Leejwlube, Fri Apr 27 5:51am
      I met Lee Van Cleef when I was about 5 years old. His mom lived next door to my Aunt and Uncle in Somerville, New Jersey. They would do a Memorial Day picnic at their house and the annual "Tour of... more
      • Thanks, jwlube! Would you...DCG, Fri Apr 27 11:55am
        ...mind contacting me, directly? I'm doing some research on LVC, and would like to ask you some questions about Somerville, the Van Cleefs, etc. (Just slide your mouse cursor over my "DCG" above to... more
      • Oh, whow, this is a great story!Maggie, Fri Apr 27 7:57am
        I wish I could have been in your shoes. Or maybe even just sat in a small bush somewhere nearby and watched. What a fond memory! :)
    • caring Tim Smith , Fri Apr 27 5:04am
      The Big Gundown and FAFDM.
      • BG is another great...DCG, Fri Apr 27 11:57am
        ..."starter" film for an LVC fan, as you must know, Tim! ;) It's one of my favorites, and arguably one of Lee's best works, by almost any standard. Best, DCG.
    • That's great, Aaron... — DCG, Thu Apr 26 1:19pm
    • Leone did it for me, too!Maggie, Thu Apr 26 10:56am
      But I started by watching GBU. In fact friends of mine invited me to watch the movie. They were the most avid Eastwood fans and fully expected me to chime in with them, but alas... didn't work that... more
      • Yeah, wish I could've been...DCG, Thu Apr 26 1:27pm
        ...in Europe back then, Maggs -- the Spaghetti's seem to have lots more TV airplay and video/cinema-re-release availability, than here in the States. I've been lucky to see GBU twice on the Big... more
        • Escape from New YorkMaggie, Thu Apr 26 2:46pm
          Funny you mention that... the selfsame friends invited me to watch that movie with them, too, this time with all their attention focussed on sssssssnake Blissssskinnn and with me watching the other... more
          • Yeah, you can't do much...DCG, Thu Apr 26 2:58pm
            ...bout "LVC blindness", Maggie -- altho, I myself have found that fairly rare, whenever I've brought up LVC with strangers or new acquaintances: they usally perk right up, when I mention, "He was... more
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