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Saturday, March 30, 2013

LVC the Painter

One of Lee's hobbies was painting.  Below are some pics from 1967

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Armed Response - Color Press Photos

Here is a look at a few press photos from the 1986 feature, Armed Response. This is arguably Lee's last decent role. His crusty Burt Roth character is the highlight of the movie.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

LVC DVDs For Sale

I'm cleaning out the closet of duplicates! Lot of 8 movies. Includes the following

· The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Special Edition 2 disc set

The below discs are fan made high quality discs made from European imports to play in the US. All are widescreen and play on US DVD players!

· The Big Gundown
· Beyond the Law
· Grand Duel
· Sabata
· Adios Sabata (not technically LVC!)
· Return of Sabata
· The Stranger and The Gunfighter

I would like to sell as a lot. $35 shipped in US.  Money goes towards keeping the ads of the site!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

How Bad was "The Bad"?

After recently rewatching The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, it occured to me that the Lee Van Cleef character of Angel Eyes didn't actually have that many kills in the movie.  Infact all of his kills were in the first reel of the movie before you ever even see Clint Eastwood!

How bad was he compared to Tuco and Blondie?  How does he stack up against other Leone villians?  Let's take a look...

Angel Eyes only kill 3 people in the entire film.

"When I'm paid, I always follow my job through"

First of all, Angel Eyes kills Stevens and Baker, because he was paid to (see quote above!).  So really he was just doing his job, right?  His third kill, the teenager with a rifle?  Self defense!

Now what of the so called "Good" and "Ugly"...

Kills 10.

Kills 6.

Now let's take a look at the other Leone villians

Ramon Rojo
Kills 29.  TWENTY NINE!
Most of these were the Rio Bravo massacure or the murder of the Baxters.  This guy was seriously bad!

Kills 6.
This seems like a suprisingly low number, but one should also consider all the deaths he was responsible for in which he did not pull the trigger (Mortimer's sister's suicide, the farmer's wife and infant son).

Kills 5.
Henry Fonda shoots a little boy after murdering his entire family.  Let's also not forget his sadistic way of killing Harmonica's brother!

Am I defending Angel Eyes?  Well not really... just offering some "Bad" perspective!

Oh and one last Leone kill statistic...

Mortimer kills 6, double that of Angel Eyes!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Many Wigs of LVC

The 1970's were hair raising time for LVC. From Captain Apache onwards, Lee was subjected to wearing some pretty horribly hairpieces, culminating in the frightening Father John wig in God's Gun!

Let's take a look back, chronologically at some of these great looks!

 Captain Apache

 The Magnificent 7 Ride

 The Stranger and The Gunfighter

 Nowhere to Hide

God's Gun

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

For a Few Dollars More - NY Times Review - July 1967

Published: July 4, 1967

THE cool-cat image of a Western gun-slinger that was studiously fabricated by Clint Eastwood in "A Fistfull of Dollars," under the direction of Sergio Leone, is repeated by Mr. Eastwood in the aptly titled "For a Few Dollars More," which broke loose with some Fourth of July fireworks at the Trans-Lux West and other theaters yesterday. Everyone susceptible to the illusion that shooting and killing with fancy flourishes are fun can indulge his bloodlust to the fullest at this synthetic Italian-Spanish-made Western film.

Once again Mr. Leone has filled his plushly colored screen and his deliberately calculated sound-track with conglomerate stimuli that agitate moods of dread and danger, of morbid menace and suspense, and then erupt in cascades of vivid violence, fistfights, shootings and death.

The perils of a professional bounty killer, which Mr. Eastwood portrays, are multiplied in this instance not only by the wariness and tricks of the gang of Mexican banditti he pursues for the prices on their heads, but by the deceits of another bounty killer who is going after the same gang. The menace of this rival, played by Lee Van Cleef, is more dangerous and unpredictable than the known quantity of the murderous gang.

Thus it is the presence of this rival, as cool of manner and as deadly with the guns as the crafty, cheroot-chewing Mr. Eastwood, that furnishes Mr. Leone with what there is of interesting conflict between characters of modest scope.

The gunman of Mr. Eastwood is a fierce and fearless killing machine. So is the older, more experienced and righteously motivated gunman of Mr. Van Cleef. If anything, he is more clever and more sophisticated with the guns. Both are equally ruthless. Thus their rivalry, their dubious partnership and their frequent temptations to betrayal are the stuff of suspense in the film.

But, of course, the dynamics of it are in the freedom and ferocity with which Mr. Leone piles violence upon violence and charges the screen with the hideous fantasies of sudden death. In the close-up faces of his ugly ruffians, highlighted and shadowed in burnished hues, and in the ominous thump of drums and wail of trumpets that preface his menace scenes, he prepares us for the violent explosions that mark the deadly circuit of pursuit. In the bark of guns, the whine of bullets and the spinning bodies of men mortally hit, he provides the aural and visual stimulation for an excitement of morbid lust.

One may think that this is sheer fabrication, that the fantasies of killing contrived are devices for emotional escapism, that the foulness of the bandit leader, played with a hint of degeneration by Gian Maria Volonte, is a moral reason and justification for his being run down and slaughtered with his gang.

But the fact that this film is constructed to endorse the exercise of murderers, to emphasize killer bravado and generate glee in frantic manifestations of death is, to my mind, a sharp indictment of it as so-called entertainment in this day. There is nothing wholesome about killing men for bounty, nothing funny about seeing them die, no matter how much the audience may sit there and burble and laugh.

FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, screenplay by Luciano Vicenzoni; directed by Sergio Leone; produced by Alberto Grimaldi for P.E.A. of Rome, Arturo Gonzales of Madrid and Constantin Film of Munich; released through United Artists. At the Trans-Lux West Theater, Broadway at 49th Street, and other theaters. Running time: 130 minutes.

Man With No Name . . . . . Clint Eastwood
Colonel Mortimer . . . . . Lee Van Cleef
Indio . . . . . Gian Maria Volonte
Old Man Over Railway . . . . . Jose Egger
Colonel's Sister . . . . . Rosemary Dexter
Hotel Manager's Wife . . . . . Mara Krup
The Hunchback . . . . . Klaus Kinski
First Man . . . . . Mario Brega
Second Man . . . . . Aldo Sambrel
Third Man . . . . . Luigi Pistilli
Fourth Man . . . . . Benito Stefaneli