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  1. Wayne gave his audience what they wanted? YOU said this. Not me... https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-searchers-1956 A cover story inNew Yorkmagazine called it the most influential movie in American history. And yet at its center is a difficult question, because the Wayne character is racist without apology--and so, in a less outspoken way, are the other white characters. Is the film intended to endorse their attitudes, or to dramatize and regret them? Today we see it through enlightened eyes, but in 1956 many audiences accepted its harsh view of Indians.
  2. So it appears that Wayne had VARIOUS character flaws. Hypocrisy being one of them.
  3. Thanks. Thats the movie he made with Poitier.
  4. John Wayne for instance, made movies that paralled what his character REALLY is. Widmark is a example of a man who made a POINT to seperate art from life because he didn't want it misconstrued that the art was who he really is. John Wayne NEVER did that...
  5. I disagree. Richard Widmark made a film with Sidney Poitier in which Widmark played a racist. It bothered him so badly that he literally apologized to Poitier and they became best friends in real life. You can try and separate art, but you can't separate who you are.
  6. Basil Dearden is one of my favorite directors. He takes on subject matter that most directors wouldn't touch AND makes great films while he is doing it. I reviewed this film somewhere, either here or over at Sergio Leone Board. Its a great entry in his catalog. Very good post...
  7. I will revist this. A rushed list... 1. Night of the Hunter. ( Hard to classify this one but it has noir elements) 2. Scarlet Street 3. Woman in the Window 4. Double Indemnity 5. Strangers on a Train 6. Too Late for Tears 7. Sunset Boulevard 8. Tension
  8. 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...
  9. 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
  10. 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...
  11. 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.
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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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