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Old February 4th, 2019, 08:26 PM   #1
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Spaghetti Westerns

I’ve seen all the dollar movies but recently ran into Death Rides a Horse. Not as good as Sergio Leone, a little rough, the standard revenge theme, with The Magnificent Seven ending. Despite some short comings I still love the raw simplicity compared to today’s movies. Van Cleef really shines and it has some nice unexpected twists just when you think someone has the upper hand. Morricone soundtrack!


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Old February 5th, 2019, 05:02 AM   #2
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I love me some good Spag.

My all-time favorite is indeed a Leone / Morricone collaboration, 1968's "Once Upon A Time In The West."

If you've seen it, then you know it's a totally different kind of Henry Fonda.


Back to your post, I think Van Cleef was highly underrated, but at least he enjoyed a lot of work throughout his career. Here's his first time on the screen, in 1952, for the opening of Stanley Kramer's brilliant "High Noon."


He was the actor you wanted if you couldn't get Eastwood. And then Leone gave us both of them together, twice, in "For A Few Dollars More" and "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly."

I always thought he was amazingly talented.
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Old February 5th, 2019, 07:13 AM   #3
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It’s been such a long time I can only vaguely remember Once upon a time but know it’s a classic I’ll have to watch it again. Ironically, I recently was reading an article breaking down a scene describing all the shots used and why. See the embedded video.


Boy Cleef was so young in High Noon almost didn’t recognize him.
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