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Friday, September 14, 2012

Cinema Retro Sergio Leone Special Issue

The Cinema Retro Sergio Leone Special Issue is something I recently picked up on eBay.  This is probably the most interesting series of articles I have seen on the Dollars films.  Of course there is some great LVC coverage as well. 

  • Full coverage of 'A Fistful of Dollars', 'For a Few Dollars More' and 'the Good, the Bad and the Ugly' - and why these films remain timeless cinematic classics.
  • 80 full pages (16 pages more than the standard Cinema Retro issue)
  • Packed with hundreds of rare production stills, collectibles and international movie poster art culled from archives from around the world.
  • Many photos never before published - including rare behind the scenes production stills from people who acted as extras in 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'
  • Special foreword by Leone biographer Sir Christopher Frayling
  • The legendary film locations - then and now
  • Coverage of the rare, deleted sequences
  • Cast and crew biographies

  • The issue can be bought directly from their eBay Store
    $14.95 shipped in US/Canada
    $19.95 everywhere else

    1 comment:

    1. It would be great to have one of these!! I love to see "behind the scenes" photographs. Clearly the one of Clint, Eli and Lee stitting together aiming their pistols is NOT in the film. Wonder what the purpose of the picture was? Also there is one you can see on IMDb with Clint lying in the grass eating a sandwich and Lee seems to have just gotten off his horse and is sitting down with a sandwich. It at the cemetery in Good, Bad and Ugly and it must have been during a lunch break. I've read the average Italian western takes about 8 to 10 weeks to shoot but Good, Bad and Ugly took 13 weeks. So Clint, Eli, Lee and Leone were either really close buddies by the time they spent all that time together or they were ready to get away from these people and get home. Probably a bit of both. Plus Clint had just done 10 weeks with Leone and Lee Van Cleef the year before on For A Few Dollars More. Then Clint was in the studio in New York with Lee for the dubbing of these films in late 1966 and early 1967. So after 1966, no doubt, Clint Eastwood got to know Sergio Leone and Lee Van Cleef very well. But I'm off the impression Clint did not seen them much at all after that. Was it by choice? Who knows. Do remember reading that Clint and Leone ran into each other in Italy at a film festival shortly before Leone died and Clint said that was Leone's way of saying goodby. And according to Alan Van Cleef on the weboard, Clint attended Lee's funeral in L. A.

      I recently saw an interview with Clint taking about Italian films and he mentioned working in The Witches, a film most have not seen and mentioned that he enjoyed his time with Italian actress he worked with in his scenes. She was something like Slyvana Mangano (sp?)I've seen the name several times before but can't clearly remember the spelling. Must be a noted Italian actress... and that his first film there was Leone's "A Fistfull of Dollars" and that he enjoyed working with Marianna Koch who was a German actress. Clint pronounced her name "Coke"!! She is very beautiful in the film shot in 1964 with the most striking BLUE eyes!! Clint said the entire cast got alone really well and it was fun but that he figured the film would either bomb or just do okay. H was stunned when he read in Variety about how this film starring Clint Eastwood was doing such big business in Europe. Clint said "I was reading about this film-it had a different title than what we shot so I didn't know it was THAT film and it said 'starring Clint Eastwood' and I went; 'CLINT EASTWOOD!!!' and was totally surprised. Then the phone started ringing; could we get him to come over for that and come over for this and things started becoming fun".