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    The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

    Fantastic noir. I would have rated it a masterpiece if the ending didn't happen the way it did. I'm also not a fan of a director having key parts of a plot happen off screen...
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    The Great Silence (1968)

    I've seen Villa Rides ( Yul Brenner). Thats pretty good. Red Sun and Pancho Villa look interesting. WHAT is Alain Delon doing in Red Sun? lol
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    The Great Silence (1968)

    I've seen A Bullet for the General, Face to Face, and Barquero. I liked Face to Face and Barquero. I will look into the others. Barquero was actually pretty good and I feel its underrated. Its a American western though from what I remember about it...
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    The Great Silence (1968)

    Like I said in my post, I feel its the greatest western ever made. Before I saw it I felt the best was Once Upon A Time in the West, Leone's final western masterpiece. After I saw The Great Silence, I changed my mind and gave it the edge. Sergio Corbucci created a masterpiece here thats unrivaled in its gritty rawness. Film Movement has a excellent restoration of the film that can be purchased either from their website or other online retailers including Amazon. As far as other sphagetti westerns go, Django by Sergio Corbucci is pretty good. The other sphagetti westerns I like are a few of the Lee Van Cleef films: Death Rides a Horse, The Big Gun Down, Day of Anger and The Grand Duel. I feel the rest of the sphagetti western in general are too over the top. Sabata is OK. Its another Van Cleef sphagetti western but ventures into being over the top. I saw the original of a series called the " Sartana" series, featuring the character Sartana, played by Gianna Garko ( that you mentioned). Its OK but is a blatant redoing of the 3 Leone westerns with Eastwood. The rest of the series goes into the over the top stuff that most of the sphagetti westerns are known for. You might like it though, its a subjective thing.
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    The Great Silence (1968)

    Where do I begin? For years I looked upon Sergio Leone and his westerns as the top of not only the sphagetti western genre but the western genre as a whole. Over at the Sergio Leone Forum and the Sphagetti Western Database I kept seeing mention of a film called " Il Grande Silencio ", " The Great Silence". I knew I had to see this film but it was out of print, at least in the U.S. There were some International versions floating around but at the time I wasn't into subtitles. I finally found a rough copy on Youtube and gave it a watch and then finally watched a proper restoration from Film Movement on Blu Ray. The film opens with a Lone Rider on horseback struggling thru a massive snow fall on a mountain. Its a long shot and sets you up for what comes next. What comes next is the most gritty, violent, in your face Western ever created. Sergio Leone was two six shooters from the hip. THIS is a gatling gun by director Sergio Corbucci thats on full auto... There are homages to earlier westerns by Leone and American westerns but this sphagetti is served overloaded with hot sauce. A family western this is NOT. French actor Jean Louis Trintignant plays " Silence" , a bounty hunter who cannot speak and whose calling card is provoking his targets to draw first so that his actions are always in self defense. Klaus Klinski plays " Loco" , also known as " Tigrero" depending on what version of the film you are viewing. Loco is a bounty hunter with a dead or alive missive but prefers the former. Klinski has never been more vile than here and I feel its his best work. The plot centers around a community named Snow Hill in Utah thats pretty much starving and stranded because of a massive blizzard that hit the area. The people resort to stealing in order to eat. Local banker Pollicutt (Luigi Pistilli) takes advantage of the situation by placing bounties on them which attracts Loco to the area. One of the bounties collected by Loco is the husband of Pauline ( Vonetta McGee). Very distraught about the situation and faced with the prospect of losing her home, Pauline ( who has heard about Silence), tracks him down and hires him to take on Loco. While this is going on the governor of Utah hires sheriff Gideon Burnett," Corbett " in Italian ( Frank Wolff) to come to Snow Hill and restore order. Silence receives the message from Pauline and arrives at Snow Hill. What follows is in my opinion, the greatest western ever filmed. Director Sergio Corbucci, weary of a uneven career up to that point and influenced by the political events of the day, decided to make his masterpiece. Taking inspiration from Andre De Toths " Day of the Outlaw" and John Ford's " Cheyenne Autumn" Corbucci decided to change up the normal western and make his in a snow blizzard. To help achieve this Corbucci filmed some of the scenes on location in the Italian Dolomites. The final piece was bringing in the great Ennio Morricone ( who Corbucci had already done work with) to compose the score for the film. The score ranks as good if not better than anything Morricone did for the Leone Films he scored. Upon initial release the film didn't do well in Italy because of its rating due to the violence. It performed well in Germany and France but was never released in the United States by its distributor 20th Century Fox because studio head Darryl Zanuck was shocked by it and refused to release it (reports say he actually swallowed his cigar while watching it). Several releases over the years never gave the film its proper due until Film Movement acquired the distribution rights for the film in the United States and did a proper, gorgeous 2k restoration of the film. Any lover of Westerns has to have this in their collection. I rate it a perfect 10 out of 10...
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    Blast of Silence (1961)

    Thats a GOOD error...😄 I've got to research this. In the research I did for Blast of Silence, EVERY article I found said that it was his only feature film. Thank for posting... Late Edit: Looks like a good movie. I can't find a copy of it...
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    Blast of Silence (1961)

    I made a error in my post. I should have said that Baron never got a chance to direct again. I said the name of his character " Bono " never got a chance to direct again. Its a shame because this is a HIGHLY underrated and under radar film...
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    The Last Laugh (1924)

    A masterpiece by F.W. Murnau. The film stars Emil Jannings as a unnamed hotel doorman at the luxurious Atlantic Hotel in Germany. Maly Delschaft plays his unnamed niece. Max Hiller played her unnamed Bridesgroom. The doorman takes great pride in his job. One day he is demoted by his manager (who thinks he is getting too old to represent the hotel ) to wash room attendant. Its a very simple but powerful plot that I will leave right there. I saw a rough copy on Youtube. Kino Lorber has a restored version. The camerawork and lighting is just fantastic even in this rough copy. Karl Freund ( Metropolis) is the cinematographer. His innovation of the unchained camera technique is used here. Another fascinating part of the production by Murnau is the lack of intertitles. Its a effect which really heightened the mastery of the acting and production of the film. The original scoring of the film is by Giuseppe Becce. Its very powerful. On the Kino restoration you have the choice of the original score or a new score by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra. I have heard snippets of the new score but prefer the original. ( Late edit) There are HD versions of the film floating around on Youtube with the new score. This is a very powerful film and it paved the way for the bigger productions that Murnau was able to do later. Its a masterpiece and I rate it a solid 10 out of 10...
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    Branded to Kill (1967)

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    Branded to Kill (1967)

    I know this is foreign language but I like putting the gangster films into this category. This is my FIRST Japanese film and my first Yakuza film. I had a feeling this was gonna be gritty and it didn't disappoint in that area. My experience with the French gangster/noir films lead me to believe the Yakuza films would be gritter than the American films also. Branded to Kill is a hitman film directed by Seijun Suzuki ( more on him later) with Joe Shishido starring as the hitman Goro Hanada. The hitmen in Japan have a ranking system. Hanado is ranked 4. Isao Tamagawa plays Michihiko Yabura, the Yakuza boss who hires Hanado to escort a client to a destination. Hanado is joined by cab driver Gihei Kasuga ( Hiroshi Minami) who himself was a former hitman but lost his nerve on a mission and took to drinking. He is trying to redeem himself with this mission. The plot thens goes off in a few different directions which I will not divulge to afford spoilers. I will say that the plot involves some well, DIFFERENT plot devices which can leave you confused. Remember I said this was directed by Seijun Suzuki? Suzuki was a contract director hired to make this film for Nikkatsu ( which I found out is the oldest Japanese film studio.) Nikkatsu already had experience with Suzuki and found him to be eccentric and ordered him to make a straight gangster film. Suzuki did the opposite and literally got fired for making the film which resulted in him later suing Nikkatsu and winning but was blacklisted in Japan for a while by the film industry. Among the many things Suzuki employed in the film was a extensive use of Jump Cuts. If you are not paying attention you can lose track of whats going on. This is the first film that I can look at and say that I agree with the studio for firing him.........THEN, at the same time I say they are wrong because the film is a masterpiece. Its garbage and a masterpiece at the same time, if thats possible, lol. Suzuki doesn't use storyboards and impliments most of his script ideas on the fly during filming. He also encourages input from others. It shows because the film looks like two or three different films meshed together. The thing is, after a initial theatrical release in which the film bombed, big time, its now considered a cult classic and a masterpiece, influencing such directors as Quentin Tarantino and Jim Jarmusch. I agree that its a masterpiece and is a must watch for fans of gangster films. I rank it a shaky 9.5 out of 10... It can be purchased from Criterion. I screened it on Amazon Prime.
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    Name your top 20 Westerns of All Time

    I will have to redo my list and move Shane up around number 17 on my list.
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    Recently Watched Westerns

    Very underrated western in my opinion.
  13. Ingmar Bergman explores horrific situations in this film set in medieval Sweden. Tore ( Max von Sydow) has a farm up in the mountains where he resides with his wife Mareta (Birgetta Valberg), daughter Karin ( Birgetta Pettersson), maid Ingeri ( Gunnel Lindblom) and his farm workers. The plot revolves around Tore sending his daughter into town to deliver some candles to the church. This sets off a horrific chain of events that got the film censored in the United States when it was initially released. The plot centers around questions of faith. The film itself features gorgeous cinematography by Sven Nykvist. Its a major standout of the film. The music score is by Erik Nordgren. Bergman read about the legend of Per Tore and initally wanted to turn the source material into a play or Opera with the Royal Swedish Opera. He later decided the film would be the best format for the material. To accomplish it and give the film more historical accuracy for its medieval time period, Bergman hired novelist Ulla Isaakson to write the screenplay. The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The film is a remarkable piece of work. I rate it a solid 9.5 out of 10. It can be purchased from Criterion.
  14. This film has kind of a cult following because its underrated. The film is directed by and stars Allen Baron as hit man Frank Bono. For anyone familiar with the roles played by French Actor Lino Ventura, think of Bono as one of Lino's gangster characters, but with baggage which effects how he goes about business. Bono wants to do one last job and is hired to knock off numbers man Troiano ( Peter Clume). Bono tracks down one of his contacts named Big Ralph ( Larry Tucker) who is a gun supplier. Big Ralph plays prominently in the plot. I'm gonna leave it there because the plot is short and straight to the point. With a run time of only 77 minutes the plot wastes very little time doing what it does. The film features ASTOUNDING images of New York during the holidays. The camera techniques used are fabulous but I had a problem with the photography. Some scenes came off as flat while others were more crisp. I don't know if it was filmed that way or a result of film restoration problems. The film IS a low budget affair so take that with a grain of salt. Its a minor issue during some scenes at the beginning. The film features a ton of narration by Lionel Stander which gave it a early noir feel. The music score was by Meyer Kupferman which featured some very nice Jazz pieces. Its a very good film. Bono never got a chance to direct a feature again and was relegated to directing tv episodes like Charlies Angels, etc. I rate this film a solid 9 out of 10. I felt the film actually could have been about 15 to 20 minutes longer. I'm knocking half a point for the shorter time of the film. The film can be purchased from Criterion.

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