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Maggie
Grit and dirt...
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:31pm

... and desolation rather than heroes in the Civil War - at least in GBU. And you also get the diversity you probably had in the West, remember the Czech guy in Beyond the Law? I think I never saw any Czech people in any US Westerns. So you get a totally different set of stereotypes in Italian Westerns and a totally different outlook on life. I also always was fascinated by the fact that there are no good guys with white hats on white horses...

I read somewhere that Eli Wallach was told just to fool around and improvise in any way that pleased him in the movie, and he really made a great job of it. Kinski has more than one beautiful daughter, but at least Pola did not write very many nice things about him. Did you ever watch Fitzcarraldo? The natives on the set offered to kill him as he was driving anybody nuts, but the director Werner Herzog refused, they had a kind of love and hate relationship, but a very productive one which resulted in fascinating movies.

By the way, another actor who turned up in FFDM and who is a real asset in many Italian Westerns is Luigi Pistilli.

Yes, I do live in Europe and that also explains why I sometimes post in what might look to you like the middle of the night. ;) I've never been to Pennsylvania, but I have seen pictures and it looks beautiful, especially in autumn!

  • FFDMLEEFAN, Fri Jul 13 3:52pm
    You are so right about athe role of Tuco being the most creative role. And Eli Wallach just seemed to know exadtly what to do with it. And oh, Douglas Mortimer! The Colonel had such an air of... more
    • Grit and dirt... — Maggie, Fri Jul 13 4:31pm
      • The wonderLVCFAN, Sat Jul 14 12:34pm
        of Italian movies! Americans aren't very sophisticated and often, foreign films aren't understood. Other than the Italian Westerns, I'm not a foreign film fan particularly. There seems to be so much... more
        • Walk of FameMaggie, Sat Jul 14 3:01pm
          There have been discussions going on about the Walk of fame, you might be able to find them in the archives of the board. I dimly remember that there was a consensus that dishing out $40.000 is a bit ... more
          • ffdmLEEFAN, Sat Jul 14 5:40pm
            does indeed have some of the best supporting actors. The hotel "couple" are, I believe, brother and sister, because she's madly flirting when he says "You're just dirty", but somehow I got the... more
            • Did you buy the watch?Maggie, Sun Jul 15 12:58am
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              • FFDM, etc.LVCFAN, Mon Jul 16 5:05am
                I haven't bought the watch - I was thinking of asking my stepson for it for Christmas. My husband died in 1996, he had three grown sons living in England - they were born and raised there. The... more
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