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Unusual but instantly classic Western,
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This review is from: My Name Is Nobody [DVD] (DVD)
Tonino Valerii was Sergio Leones cinematographer of choice, and it is assumed that Sergio Leone directed at least some of this wonderful Western, in addition to his stated 'producer' role.
The style, the trademark Ennio Morricone music, the nostalgia for disappearing times and the locations all are familiar Leone staples, but this movie showcases humour and more script than we normally expect from him.
Be aware that this is a comedic take, but done so subtly and charmingly by Nobody (played by the perfect cast blonde blue eyed Terence Hill) and his interplay with Henry Fonda, that it never gets in the way of the style and story.
Henry Fonda represents the old West, and maybe even the old Western, who is planning to move to Europe and live out the rest of his years. Nobody is the character who appears a buffoon and simple minded but is actually possibly the smartest of them all, and maybe the fastest on the draw. His desire is to see his hero go down not fading away into old age, but in a blaze of glory..
Right down to the finale, the interchanges between them are touching as well as bringing a smile to your face, and while occasionally the humour is more slapstick than you might be used to, overall you are left with a nostalgic glow from the heartwarming ending.
If you like Westerns, or if you like Leone, or even if you just like something a little different, then this is a must see.
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Initial post: 24 Oct 2010 01:33:49 BDT
Joe McLoone says:
Hi Stephen, Just a quick correction note on one of the reviews, with regard to Leone's choice of director of photography. His favoured choice was in fact Toni Delli Colli and not Tonino Valerii as was indicated in one of the reviews. Ciao........... Joe
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2010 19:21:39 BDT
Mr. Stephen Kennedy says:
I was confusing the two, I should have said that Valerii was the assistant director on two of the dollars movies. You'd think after making it all the way through Christopher Fraylings excellent biography of Leone I would have got that right...
.. but did you enjoy the movie!
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2012 22:59:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jan 2012 23:02:13 GMT
Joe McLoone says:
HI Stephen, Just to let you know I certainly enjoyed the movie with all the Leone traits and superb score by Maestro Morricone. Srorry I had not been in touch sooner but recent health issues have deterred me from writing to people. I had the pleasure of meeting the right honourable Christopher a number of times and is every bit a gentle man. Met the big guy too Morricone and he too was convivial to our meet. But I must never forget meeting Alessandro who for money is the sweetest and most honest person you could hope to meet. He is very unassuming and is a strict professional in sense of the word. Amother person who who not go un-noticed that of Lionel Woodman and its through Lionel that I got to meet all of the above as well as Gianna Spagnulo who is a lady. Sorry this is a long winded affair but I hope u have a gist of where I am coming from.
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