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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » May 31st, 2018, 1:28 pm

16. 'Rotaie' / 1929, Mario Camerini / 9.5/10
17. 'Un dollaro bucato' / 'One Silver Dollar' / 1965, Giorgio Ferroni / 8/10
18. 'Bill il taciturno' / 'Django Kills Silently' / 1967, Massimo Pupillo / 7.5 or 8/10
19. 'Killer calibro 32' / 1967, Alfonso Brescia / 6/10
20. 'L'ultimo killer' / 'The Last Killer' / 1967, Giuseppe Vari / 6.5 or 7/10
21. 'Uno straniero a Paso Bravo' / 'A Stranger in Paso Bravo' / 1968, Salvatore Rosso / 7/10
22. 'La legione dei dannati' / 'Legion of the Damned' / 1969, Umberto Lenzi / 4.5/10
23. 'Los desesperados' / 'A Bullet for Sandoval' / 1969, Julio Buchs / 6/10
24. 'Django's Cut Price Corpses' / 'A Pistol for Django' / 1971, Luigi Batzella / 2/10
25. 'El hombre de Río Malo' / 'Bad Man's River' / 1971, Eugenio Martín / 6/10
26. 'Una colt in mano a diavolo' / 'Colt in the Hand of the Devil' / 1973, Gianfranco Baldanello / 5/10
27. 'Nostalghia' / 1983, Andrei Tarkovsky / 10/10

Giuliano Gemma and the life-saving coin of the title in Ferroni's creative and compelling examination of post-conflict survival and honour:

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Post by sol » May 31st, 2018, 1:38 pm

RogerTheMovieManiac88 on May 31 2018, 07:28:22 AM wrote:27. 'Nostalghia' / 1983, Andrei Tarkovsky / 10/10
Looking at the time stamp of your previous post, it seems that you just watched 12 movies in the space of 28 hours. How'd you manage to do that? :blink:
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » May 31st, 2018, 2:13 pm

sol on May 31 2018, 07:38:35 AM wrote:
RogerTheMovieManiac88 on May 31 2018, 07:28:22 AM wrote:27. 'Nostalghia' / 1983, Andrei Tarkovsky / 10/10
Looking at the time stamp of your previous post, it seems that you just watched 12 movies in the space of 28 hours. How'd you manage to do that? :blink:
Ah, no. Nothing as madcap as that, sol. I've spread my viewings out over May but have only got around to listing them in the last few days. 'Nostalghia' was a viewing for the 1983 poll, for example. Might be able to get to one more and a few shorts today!
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Post by sol » May 31st, 2018, 3:58 pm

RogerTheMovieManiac88 on May 31 2018, 08:13:56 AM wrote:Might be able to get to one more and a few shorts today!
Well, with that news, boy am I ever so glad that I decided against squeezing into two more Italian films tonight in a futile attempt to outdo you. :sweat: You cannot imagine my shock and horror when I checked this thread only to see that you had gone from being 11 films behind me to being one film ahead of me in the space of one day. (D:)

Okay, I'll update the OP. It's just kind of confusing since most participants in the challenges post their viewings one at a time (or in batches) after seeing them rather than retrospectively look back at the end of the month and try to work out what was or was not eligible. But whatever works best for you, I guess.
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Post by OldAle1 » May 31st, 2018, 5:42 pm

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1. Il figlio di Spartacus / The Slave / The Son of Spartacus (Sergio Corbucci, 1962)
2. Une corde, un colt... / Cemetery Without Crosses (Robert Hossein, 1969)
3. Il ritorno di Ringo / The Return of Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
4. Una pistola per Ringo / A Pistol for Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
5. Navajo Joe (Sergio Corbucci, 1966)
6. Blindman (Ferdinando Baldi, 1971)
7. Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo / Renegade Gun / Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (Giuseppe Vari, 1971)
8. I predatori di Atlantide / The Raiders of Atlantis (Ruggero Deodato, 1983)
9. Hercules (Luigi Cozzi, 1983)
10. E Dio disse a Caino... / And God Said to Cain (Antonio Margheriti, 1970)

Excited to see this because of the director, who has become a low-rent favorite for me in much the way Roger Corman has; this is the first of Margheriti's westerns I've seen though, so I didn't know what to expect. As it turns out, the progressive political elements visible in his sci-fi/fantasy stuff are nowhere in evidence here, nor is there really much of the male camaraderie -- but this doesn't matter too much, as this extraordinarily simple revenge western packs plenty of pure entertainment regardless of it's almost content-free and nearly plot-free character. Klaus Kinski gets released after 10 years of wrongful imprisonment, sets out to avenge himself, more or less wipes out whole town. That's it, but the way Margheriti uses the space of the town and Kinski's implacable Terminator-like performance make the film lots of fun if watching a guy shoot up a town for an hour and a half is your thing. I guess it's mine.

11. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo / The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (probably 4th or 5th viewing)

I had to have one truly great watch for this challenge, and it didn't happen with any of the first-time views, so given that I just got the new Koch Lorber 50th anniversary disc, this was an obvious choice. I also hadn't seen it for about 12-15 years, and the last time I watched it I saw the longer Euro cut - which I found a little less impressive than my memories of the 162 minute version. Thankfully the new release has both edits and I chose the shorter, though at some point I'm sure I'll watch both back-to-back just to be able to be fair to both. In any case, I had a blast with this and I won't wait a decade or more for another viewing this time. Eli Wallach's Tucco remains one of the greatest performances/characters in all of cinema - not just westerns - and the film never feels long or flags for a moment thanks to the beautifully choreographed narrative movements between violence, humor and (very occasionally) sentiment and drama. Certainly Leone's funniest film, and probably the high point in the career of Lee Van Cleef, even if neither he nor Eastwood get nearly as many juicy moments as Wallach does. I still prefer the director's next western, and his epic gangster saga, in large part because they are about things beyond themselves; when all is said and done, there isn't a whole lot to think about or take away from this one. A shallow epic, really - but one of the greatest and most stylish shallow epics ever, and even with that significant flaw, a masterpiece.

12. Se sei vivo spara / Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (Giulio Questa, 1967)

This has a reputation as one of the weirder and wilder spaghettis, and I suppose it is, though it's moments of surrealism and what the...? moments really don't do much to disguise the fact that it kind of boils down to another Yojimbo rip-off, only with our hero the stranger (Tomas Milian) this time getting three rival factions to wipe each other out, not just two. Oh and it's also a revenge - maybe revenant - story as our hero was apparently killed for gold and has come back, with the help of a Greek chorus of two enigmatic Indians to help him in his quest to get back the gold or at least kill those responsible for his death and those of his fellow workers - all Indians and half-breeds. So there's a racial component here too, as the three greedy leaders of the various groups that have taken (or are trying to take) the gold are all white, but not a lot is done with this. More colorful than most Italian westerns, and quite dynamic in it's action scenes and surreal flashbacks, this nevertheless feels a little long (in the almost 2-hour Italian cut I watched) and it doesn't quite add up to what initial scenes seemed to promise. Still a lot of fun and one of the better spaghettis I watched this month.

13. Una sull'atra / One on Top of the Other / Perversion Story (Lucio Fulci, 1969)

I watched this mostly because I'd heard it has some references to / points in common with Vertigo, and indeed it does in the most obvious senses - it's shot mostly in San Francisco, and the basic plot involves a man (a famous doctor in this case) thinking he's seeing a ghost, his recently dead wife, in this case in the form of an exotic dancer. Because y'know, it's the swinging 60s now, we gotta have sex. There's also a second woman who is in love with the doctor (the Barbara Bel Geddes character in Vertigo) and there's a certain amount of following and stalking, though not as much as in the Hitch film - but beyond that this probably has more in common with swinging 60s mysteries or oddities like Blow Up - and indeed photography and the solving of a crime feature more prominently in the last third of the film here. It doesn't really all gel IMO but the SF locations, Marisa Mell in the double role, and the bright primary colors all make it worth a watch for sure.
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Post by sebby » May 31st, 2018, 6:15 pm

01. A Bullet for the General (1966)

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Post by weirdboy » May 31st, 2018, 6:41 pm

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1. Milano calibro 9 (Caliber 9) - 1972 - Fernando Di Leo 7/10
2. Una donna chiamata Apache (Apache Woman) - 1976 - Giorgio Mariuzzo
3. I quattro dell'apocalisse (The Four of the Apocalypse) - 1975 - Lucio Fulci
4. La undicesima Olympiade di Amsterdam (Spedizione di Guelfo Civinini) - 1928
5. Vertigine bianca (White Vertigo) - 1957 - Giorgio Ferroni
6. La grande olimpiade (The Grand Olympics) - 1961 - Romolo Marcellini
7. Requiescant (Kill and Pray) - 1967 - Carlo Lizzani
8. La ragazza con la pistola (The Girl with the Pistol) - 1968 - Mario Monicelli

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » May 31st, 2018, 11:52 pm

Thanks for hosting sol! This is my final post for this challenge. Looks like you passed me at the last minute in the Western Challenge. I considered watching three more films tonight but decided I'm just too tired. Congrats!

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81. Fistful of Dollars (1964) Sergio Leone / Rating: 9+
82. For a Few Dollars More (1964) Sergio Leone / Rating: 9
83. The Third Eye (1966) Mino Guerrini / FTV / Rating: 8
84. The Worlds of Bruno Bozzetto (2002) Daniela Trastulli / FTV / Rating: 8
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1. Django (1966) Sergio Corbucci / Rating: 9
2. Minnesota Clay (1964) Sergio Corbucci / FTV / Rating: 7+
3. A Pistol for Ringo (1965) Duccio Tessari / FTV / Rating: 7
4. The Return of Ringo (1965) Duccio Tessari / FTV / Rating: 6+
5. Lucky Luke (1997) Terence Hill / FTV / Rating: 5+
6. Ringo, the Mark of Vengeance (1966) Mario Caino / FTV / Rating: 7
7. The Brute and the Beast (1966) Lucio Fulci / FTV / Rating: 8
8. Three Graves For a Winchester (1966) Emimmo Salvi / Rating: 7+
9. Man From Nowhere (1966) Michele Lupo / FTV / Rating: 7
10. Conquest (1983) Lucio Fulci / Rating: 8
11. Yor, the Hunter From the Future (1983) Antonio Margheriti / Rating: 7+
12. Starcrash (1978) Luigi Cozzi / Rating: 8+
13. Star Odyssey (1979) Alfonso Brescia / Rating: 5+
14. War of the Robots (1978) Alfonso Brescia / Rating: 5+
15. Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1982) Joe D’Amato / FTV / Rating: 7+
16. Planet of the Vampires (1965) Mario Bava / Rating: 8+
17. Navajo Joe (1966) Sergio Corbucci / FTV / Rating: 7+
18. Johnny Yuma (1966) Romolo Guerrieri / FTV / Rating: 9
19. Django… Adios! (1972) Roberto Mauri / FTV / Rating: 5
20. 10,000 Dollars For a Massacre (1967) Romolo Guerrieri / FTV / Rating: 8+
21. Django Kills Softly (1967) Massimo Pupillo / FTV / Rating: 7
22. Django, Kill!... If You Live Shoot! (1967) Giulio Questi / FTV / Rating: 7+
23. Death Rides a Horse (1967) Giulio Petroni / FTV / Rating: 8+
24. Goliath and the Barbarians (1959) Carlo Campogallianni / FTV / Rating: 7+
25. Hercules and the Princess of Troy (1965) Albert Band / Rating: 7
26. Erik the Conqueror (1961) Mario Bava / FTV / Rating: 8
27. Hercules in the Haunted World (1961) Mario Bava / Rating: 8+
28. Goliath and the Vampires (1961) Giacomo Gentilomo & Sergio Corbucci / FTV / Rating: 7
29. Argoman the Fantastic Superman (1967) Sergio Grieco / FTV / Rating: 7
30. Return of Django (1967) Osvaldo Civirani / FTV / Rating: 5
31. Wanted (1967) Giorgio Ferroni / FTV / Rating: 8
32. If You Meet Sartana… Pray for Your Death (1968) Gianfranco Parolini / FTV / Rating: 8
33. Long Days of Hate (1968) Gianfranco Baldanello / FTV / Rating: 7
34. Danger!! Death Ray (1967) Gianfranco Baldanello / FTV / Rating: 7
35. Goliath and the Dragon (1960) Vittorio Cottafavi / FTV / Rating: 6+
36. Hate thy Neighbor (1968) Ferdinando Baldi / FTV / Rating: 7
37. Requiem For a Gringo (1968) Eugenio Martin, Jose Luis Merino / FTV / Rating: 8
38. Rabid Dogs (1974) Mario & Lamberto Bava / Rating: 9
39. The New York Ripper (1982) Lucio Fulci / Rating: 8
40. Bloody Pit of Horror (1965) Massimo Pupillo / Rating: 7+
41. Black Sunday (1960) Mario Bava / Rating: 9
42. Castle of Blood (1964) Sergio Corbucci, Antonio Margheriti / Rating: 9
43. The Blancheville Monster (1963) Alberto De Martino / FTV / Rating: 6+
44. The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962) Riccardo Freda / FTV / Rating: 7
45. The Three Fantastic Supermen (1967) Gianfranco Parolini / FTV / Rating: 7
46. Baba Yaga (1973) Corrado Farina / Rating: 7+
47. Delirium (1987) Lamberto Bava / FTV / Rating: 6+
48. The Giant of Metropolis (1961) Umberto Scarpelli / Rating: 7+
49. Venus in Furs (1969) Jesus Franco / Rating: 7
50. The Giant of Marathon (1959) Jacques Tourneur, Mario Bava & Bruno Vailati / FTV / Rating: 7+
51. Twice a Judas (1968) Nando Cicero / FTV / Rating: 7
52. Run, Man, Run (1968) Sergio Sollima / FTV / Rating: 9
53. Find a Place to Die (1968) Giuliano Cernimeo / FTV / Rating: 6+
54. Shoot, Gringo…Shoot! (1968) Bruno Corbucci / FTV / Rating: 7+
55. God Was in the West, Too, at One Time (1968) Marino Girolami / FTV / Rating: 6+
56. Beyond the Law (1968) Giorgio Stegani / FTV / Rating: 9
57. Trusting is Good… Shooting is Better (1968) Osvaldo Civirani / FTV / Rating: 6+
58. Django the Bastard (1969) Sergio Garrone / FTV / Rating: 8
59. Una lunga fila di croci (1969) Sergio Garrone / FTV / Rating: 7+
60. Twitch of the Death Nerve (1971) Mario Bava / Rating: 9
61. Django, Prepare a Coffin (1968) Ferdinando Baldi / FTV / Rating: 7
62. Alive or Preferably Dead (1969) Duccio Tessari / FTV / Rating: 6
63. The Slave (1962) Sergio Corbucci / FTV / Rating: 8
64. I Vampiri (1957) Riccardo Freda, Mario Bava / Rating: 7+
65. Caltiki, The Immortal Monster (1959) Riccardo Freda, Mario Bava / Rating: 7+
66. Slaughter of the Vampires (1964) Roberto Mauri / FTV / Rating: 7
67. Tomb of Torture (1963) Antonio Boccaci / FTV / Rating: 5
68. Nightmare Castle (1965) Mario Caiano / Rating: 8+
69. The Long Hair of Death (1964) Antonio Margheriti / FTV / Rating: 8
70. An Angel For Satan (1966) Camillo Mastrocinque / FTV / Rating: 8
71. Ulysses (1954) Mario Camerini / Rating: 8
72. Tentacles (1977) Ovidio Assonitis / Rating: 7+
73. The Murder Clinic (1966) Elio Scardamaglia / FTV / Rating: 6
74. Hercules (1983) Luigi Cozzi / Rating: 7+
75. Le orme (1975) Luigi Bazzoni, Mario Fanelli / FTV / Rating: 5
76. Allegro non troppo (1976) Bruno Bozzetto / Rating: 8
77. Star Pilot (1966) Pietro Francisci / Rating: 7+
78. Terror in the Crypt (1964) Camillo Mastrocinque / FTV / Rating: 7
79. Mission Stardust (1967) Primo Zeglio / Rating: 6
80. The Price of Power (1969) Tonino Valerii / FTV / Rating: 6+

81. Fistful of Dollars (1964) Sergio Leone / Rating: 9+
82. For a Few Dollars More (1964) Sergio Leone / Rating: 9
83. The Third Eye (1966) Mino Guerrini / FTV / Rating: 8
84. The Worlds of Bruno Bozzetto (2002) Daniela Trastulli / FTV / Rating: 8

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » June 1st, 2018, 1:08 am

28. 'La migliore offerta' / 2013, Giuseppe Tornatore / 8/10

29. Four shorts to bring my combined short film viewing to 63 minutes:
'L'ultimo pistolero' / 2002, Alessandro Dominici / 6.5/10 (9 minutes)
'Ronin - Jambiya' / 2013, Davide Fois / 6/10 (6 minutes)
'Casa Facconi' / 2016, Umberto Baccolo, Raffaele Giuria / 5/10 (6 minutes)
'Resurrection' / 2017, Emiliano Ferrera / 6/10 (11 minutes)

The iconic Franco Nero silhouetted in black and white in Dominici's homage:

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Post by flavo5000 » June 1st, 2018, 4:17 am

I thought I'd post all the Italian films I'd been watching this month:
1. La figlia di Frankenstein (1971)
2. Milano calibro 9 (1972)
3. 2019 - Dopo la caduta di New York (1983)
4. Velluto nero (1976)
5. Texas, Addios (1966)
6. Paranoia (1970)
7. La belva (1970)
8. La donna del lago (1965)
9. Gli amori di Ercole (1960)
10. La vergine di Norimberga (1963)
11. Cicciabomba (1982)
12. Le orme (1975)
13. Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate (1971)
14. La casa della paura (1974)
15. Due occhi diabolici (1990)
16. Minnesota Clay (1964)
17. Arrebato (1979)
18. Avere vent'anni (1978)
19. Metempsyco (1963)
20. Il prezzo del potere (1969)
21. Amanti d'oltretomba (1965)
22. Il mostro di Venezia (1965)
23. I tre che sconvolsero il West (Vado, vedo e sparo) (1968)
24. La montagna del dio cannibale (1978)
25. Il fiume del grande caimano (1979)
26. La rossa dalla pelle che scotta (1982)
27. 7 dollari sul rosso (1966)
28. Le prigioniere dell'isola del diavolo (1962)

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Post by Mate_cosido » June 1st, 2018, 5:26 am

11. La proprietà non è più un furto - Property Is No Longer a Theft (1973, Elio Petri)

12. Kapò (1960, Gillo Pontecorvo)

13. Cani arrabbiati - Rabid Dogs (1974, Mario Bava)

14. Gli sbandati - Abandoned (1955, Francesco Maselli)

15. Brancaleone alle crociate - Brancaleone at the Crusades (1970, Mario Monicelli)

16. Roma, ore 11 - Rome 11:00 (1952, Giuseppe De Santis)

17. C'eravamo tanto amati - We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974, Ettore Scola)

18. Un uomo da bruciare - A Man for Burning (1962, Paolo Taviani, Valentino Orsini)

19. Torneranno i prati - Greenery Will Bloom Again (2014, Ermanno Olmi)

20. L'oro di Napoli - The Gold of Naples (1954, Vittorio De Sica)

21. Un tranquillo posto di campagna - A Quiet Place in the Country (1968, Elio Petri)

22. Profumo di donna - Scent of a Woman (1974, Dino Risi)

23. Il generale Della Rovere - General della Rovere (1959, Roberto Rossellini)

24. Rapsodia satanica - Satan's Rhapsody (1917, Nino Oxilia)

25. La meglio gioventù - The Best of Youth (2003, Marco Tullio Giordana)
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1. Il pistolero dell'Ave Maria - Forgotten Pistolero (1969, Ferdinando Baldi)

2. Corri uomo corri - Run, Man, Run (1968, Sergio Sollima)

3. A ciascuno il suo - We Still Kill the Old Way (1967, Elio Petri)

4. Banditi a Milano - The Violent Four (1968, Carlo Lizzani)

5. Il tuo vizio è una stanza chiusa e solo io ne ho la chiave - Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972, Sergio Martino)

6. I quattro dell'apocalisse - The Four of the Apocalypse (1975, Lucio Fulci)

7. Due soldi di speranza - Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952, Renato Castellani)

8. Tepepa - Long Live the Revolution (1969, Giulio Petroni)

9. Il cammino della speranza - The Path of Hope (1950, Pietro Germi)

10. Il caso Mattei - The Mattei Affair (1972, Francesco Rosi)

11. La proprietà non è più un furto - Property Is No Longer a Theft (1973, Elio Petri)

12. Kapò (1960, Gillo Pontecorvo)

13. Cani arrabbiati - Rabid Dogs (1974, Mario Bava)

14. Gli sbandati - Abandoned (1955, Francesco Maselli)

15. Brancaleone alle crociate - Brancaleone at the Crusades (1970, Mario Monicelli)

16. Roma, ore 11 - Rome 11:00 (1952, Giuseppe De Santis)

17. C'eravamo tanto amati - We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974, Ettore Scola)

18. Un uomo da bruciare - A Man for Burning (1962, Paolo Taviani, Valentino Orsini)

19. Torneranno i prati - Greenery Will Bloom Again (2014, Ermanno Olmi)

20. L'oro di Napoli - The Gold of Naples (1954, Vittorio De Sica)

21. Un tranquillo posto di campagna - A Quiet Place in the Country (1968, Elio Petri)

22. Profumo di donna - Scent of a Woman (1974, Dino Risi)

23. Il generale Della Rovere - General della Rovere (1959, Roberto Rossellini)

24. Rapsodia satanica - Satan's Rhapsody (1917, Nino Oxilia)

25. La meglio gioventù - The Best of Youth (2003, Marco Tullio Giordana)

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Post by OldAle1 » June 1st, 2018, 7:14 am

C'era una volta in ItaliaShow

1. Il figlio di Spartacus / The Slave / The Son of Spartacus (Sergio Corbucci, 1962)
2. Une corde, un colt... / Cemetery Without Crosses (Robert Hossein, 1969)
3. Il ritorno di Ringo / The Return of Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
4. Una pistola per Ringo / A Pistol for Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
5. Navajo Joe (Sergio Corbucci, 1966)
6. Blindman (Ferdinando Baldi, 1971)
7. Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo / Renegade Gun / Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (Giuseppe Vari, 1971)
8. I predatori di Atlantide / The Raiders of Atlantis (Ruggero Deodato, 1983)
9. Hercules (Luigi Cozzi, 1983)
10. E Dio disse a Caino... / And God Said to Cain (Antonio Margheriti, 1970)
11. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo / The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (probably 4th or 5th viewing)
12. Se sei vivo spara / Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (Giulio Questa, 1967)
13. Una sull'atra / One on Top of the Other / Perversion Story (Lucio Fulci, 1969)
14. Ehi amico... c'è Sabata. Hai chiuso! / Sabata (Gianfranco Parolini, 1969)

Fun but ultimately fairly repetitive spaghetti with Lee Van Cleef as a gunman and possible lawman who saves a safe full of gold after it's stolen by robbers, and then has to deal with the men behind the bandits, who (naturally) are among the leaders of the town. Van Cleef is always good but it's the little details that make this one worthwhile, including the acrobats and the voluminous use of dynamite.

15. Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei / The Last Days of Pompeii (Mario Bonnard / Sergio Leone (uncredited), 1959)

One of quite a few films about the eruption of Vesuvius and destruction of the eponymous city in 79 AD, but if you missed the title and first 2-3 minutes of this you'd be forgiven for being really surprised when the eruption occurs and the last 20 minutes of the film go into disaster movie mode - there's absolutely no set-up or foreshadowing of the event whatsoever. Oh I suppose we could assume that the mountain is mad for the behavior of the Vesuvians towards the innocent Christians, about to be fed to lions for a bunch of murders and pillagings they didn't commit? That's stretching it though. Anyway this is overall a pretty ordinary and uninspired peplum with Steve Reeves as a centurion who gets mixed up in this violence and of course heroically figures out what's going on and how to stop the bad guys, just in time to run from lava. If it weren't for Leone's name there'd be no reason to see this, and frankly there's little evidence of any of the master's style, so unless you're a completist or fan of the genre, I'd say don't bother.


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Post by sortile9io » June 1st, 2018, 8:20 am

31. Certo, certissimo, anzi… probabile (Fondato, 1969) - 6/10
32. Morte sospetta di una minorenne (Martino, 1975) - 7/10
33. La stanza del figlio (Moretti, 2001) - 7/10
34. La vendetta di Ercole (Cottafavi, 1960) - 6/10
35. I lunghi capelli della morte (Margheriti, 1964) - 7/10
36. Io, io, io… e gli altri (Blasetti, 1966) - 6/10
Plus…Show
1. La cintura di castità (Campanile, 1967) - 6/10
2. I magliari (Rosi, 1959) - 6/10
3. Il pianeta azzurro (Piavoli, 1982) - 7/10
4. Comizi d’amore (Pasolini, 1964) - 7/10
5. La ragazza con la pistola (Monicelli, 1968) - 6/10
6. Morte di un matematico napoletano (Martone, 1992) - 5/10
7. Vedo nudo (Risi, 1969) - 7/10
8. I vampiri (Bava, Freda, 1957) - 7/10
9. La provinciale (Soldati, 1953) - 8/10
10. Un maledetto imbroglio (Germi, 1959) - 8/10
11. Sessomatto (Risi, 1973) - 5/10
12. Domenica d’agosto (Emmer, 1950) - 6/10
13. Mondo cane (Cavara, Jacopetti, Prosperi, 1962) - 6/10
14. Terrore nello spazio (Bava, 1965) - 7/10
15. Strategia del ragno (Bertolucci, 1970) - 5/10
16. Da uomo a uomo (Petroni, 1967) - 7/10
17. La sfida (Rosi, 1958) - 7/10
18. L’assedio dell’Alcazar (Genina, 1940) - 4/10
19. La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo (Bertolucci, 1981) - 8/10
20. La messa è finita (Moretti, 1985) - 6/10
21. La Cina è vicina (Bellocchio, 1967) - 5/10
22. Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh (Martino, 1971) - 7/10
23. Metti, una sera a cena (Griffi, 1969) - 5/10
24. Allegro non troppo (Bozzetto, 1976) - 7/10
25. Il mulino delle donne di pietra (Ferroni, 1960) - 7/10
26. Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide (Cottafavi, 1961) - 8/10
27. Le bambole (Bolognini, Comencini, Risi, Rossi, 1965) - 7/10
28. La ragazza di Trieste (Campanile, 1982) - 5/10
29. La liceale nella classe dei ripetenti (Laurenti, 1978) - 5/10
30. Il paese del sesso selvaggio (Lenzi, 1972) - 5/10
And that's all. It was a fun challenge. Thanks for hosting, sol.
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#334

Post by sol » June 1st, 2018, 11:43 am

psychotronicbeatnik on May 31 2018, 05:52:09 PM wrote:Looks like you passed me at the last minute in the Western Challenge. I considered watching three more films tonight but decided I'm just too tired. Congrats!
Thanks. The prospect of overtaking you was the one thing that kept me going with the Westerns Challenge. :lol: A good thing too, since I was only planning to see around 25-30 films, which means that I never would have seen 3 of 5 my favourite films in the Challenge (Lonely Are the Brave, The Great Silence and The Wind) were it not for your progress constantly motivating me to keep going. :thumbsup:
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Post by sol » June 1st, 2018, 11:55 am

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DEADLINE REMINDER

As mentioned in the OP, I will be tallying up the final results for this Challenge in the next 20 to 21 hours. You have up to then to submit any updates. Scores updated after the deadline will not be included in the final results. Thanks for your understanding in this matter.
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » June 1st, 2018, 5:46 pm

sol on Jun 1 2018, 05:43:41 AM wrote:
psychotronicbeatnik on May 31 2018, 05:52:09 PM wrote:Looks like you passed me at the last minute in the Western Challenge. I considered watching three more films tonight but decided I'm just too tired. Congrats!
Thanks. The prospect of overtaking you was the one thing that kept me going with the Westerns Challenge. :lol: A good thing too, since I was only planning to see around 25-30 films, which means that I never would have seen 3 of 5 my favourite films in the Challenge (Lonely Are the Brave, The Great Silence and The Wind) were it not for your progress constantly motivating me to keep going. :thumbsup:
And then Roger overtook everyone moving us both down another place. :lol:

I like spaghetti westerns a lot but found that I wasn't in the mood for a constant barrage of them. I had intended to end the challenge with a rewatch of Leone's five spaghettis but just found myself too busy with other things and too worn down at the end so I only managed to watch two of them. Glad to see you found some favorites, all three great. I especially love The Wind - it may even be my favorite Lillian Gish performance. Victor Sjostrom made a lot of other great films that are also worth seeking out. There's even another terrific one with Ms. Gish: The Scarlet Letter.

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Post by sol » June 2nd, 2018, 8:47 am

psychotronicbeatnik on Jun 1 2018, 11:46:38 AM wrote:Victor Sjostrom made a lot of other great films that are also worth seeking out. There's even another terrific one with Ms. Gish: The Scarlet Letter.
Thanks. I need to keep that in mind for the September Silents challenge. The Wind is the first Sjostrom-directed movie that I have seen (I am otherwise only familiar with his solid acting work in some of Bergman's early films).
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Post by sol » June 2nd, 2018, 8:48 am

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:banana: FINAL RESULTS :banana:

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Top 10 Participants:

1. 72allinncallme 95
2. psychotronicbeatnik 84
3. Eve-Lang-El-Coup 61
4. Nopros 60
5. jdidaco 56
6. Simba63 46
7. sortile9io 36
8. RogerTheMovieManiac88 29
9. flavo5000 28
10. sol 26

Congrats to 72a on your first Challenge win this year. :poshclap:

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Full results up-to-date and available in the original post.

Thanks to everyone for playing. :hug: See you on the June threads.
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Post by Fergenaprido » June 2nd, 2018, 9:53 am

Such a rush to get results in... :lesigh: plus it hasn't been 20 hours yet. :folded: :innocent:

1. Il grande silenzio [The Great Silence] (1968) - 7.4 - also western and cult challenges
2. Faccia a faccia [Face to Face] (1967) - 7.4 - also western and cult challenges
3. Le notti di Cabiria [Nights of Cabiria] (1957) - 7.8
4. Roma, città aperta [Rome, Open City] (1945) - 8ish

meagre offerings this time around from me. Also started A Long Ride from Hell but didn't finish yet.

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Post by sol » June 2nd, 2018, 10:33 am

sol on Apr 28 2018, 09:24:43 PM wrote:DEADLINE
Final results will be posted between 7:30am and 8:00am GMT on June 2 - at which point it will have been May everywhere in the world for almost a whole day. While you are welcome to post updates beyond this point, any such updates will not be included in the final results. Your choice whether you miss the deadline or not; besides, if it's June on your side of the world, shouldn't you be starting on one of next month's challenges, mm?
Not sure what you're disappointed about, Ferg. :shrug: I have already stated that it is fine to post updates after the deadline if you're interested in simply sharing what you have seen. The deadline was also clear and visible from the very first day of the Challenge, and I actually posted the Final Results close to 21 hours after the deadline reminder (I've double checked my maths with this).

Anyway, cool to come across someone else who also discovered The Great Silence as a great western this month. ^_^
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Post by 72aicm » June 2nd, 2018, 8:26 pm

sol on Jun 2 2018, 02:48:07 AM wrote:Congrats to 72a on your first Challenge win this year. :poshclap:
Cheers! Being number two in so many challenges, a win tasted good :thumbsup:

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Post by maxwelldeux » June 2nd, 2018, 9:02 pm

72allinncallme on Jun 2 2018, 02:26:24 PM wrote:
sol on Jun 2 2018, 02:48:07 AM wrote:Congrats to 72a on your first Challenge win this year. :poshclap:
Cheers! Being number two in so many challenges, a win tasted good :thumbsup:
I have, on multiple occasions, laughed at how you keep coming in 2nd. Congrats on the win! :cheers:

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » June 2nd, 2018, 9:26 pm

72allinncallme on Jun 2 2018, 02:26:24 PM wrote:
sol on Jun 2 2018, 02:48:07 AM wrote:Congrats to 72a on your first Challenge win this year. :poshclap:
Cheers! Being number two in so many challenges, a win tasted good :thumbsup:
Congrats on the victory, 72! Looks like I get the Hitchcock Close But No Cigar Award this time.

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Post by Fergenaprido » June 4th, 2018, 10:39 am

sol on Jun 2 2018, 04:33:48 AM wrote:
sol on Apr 28 2018, 09:24:43 PM wrote:DEADLINE
Final results will be posted between 7:30am and 8:00am GMT on June 2 - at which point it will have been May everywhere in the world for almost a whole day. While you are welcome to post updates beyond this point, any such updates will not be included in the final results. Your choice whether you miss the deadline or not; besides, if it's June on your side of the world, shouldn't you be starting on one of next month's challenges, mm?
Not sure what you're disappointed about, Ferg. :shrug: I have already stated that it is fine to post updates after the deadline if you're interested in simply sharing what you have seen. The deadline was also clear and visible from the very first day of the Challenge, and I actually posted the Final Results close to 21 hours after the deadline reminder (I've double checked my maths with this).

Anyway, cool to come across someone else who also discovered The Great Silence as a great western this month. ^_^
Hmm, when I calculated it was only 15 hours or so, but I suspect I got confused because I recently changed timezones. I also didn't notice the "deadline" in the original post, so my responsibility for that.

My biggest "disappointment" (but it's not really a disappointment) is simply that I don't understand the need to rush it all in the end. I get the point of a challenge (to watch as many as possible), but for me it's largely about pushing myself to explore certain cinematic areas that I wouldn't normally touch. Not everyone has the opportunity to immediately switch to the next month, and I for one cannot control my work schedule of events to ensure that I never have to travel or be occupied on the first and last day of the month so that I can post my final updates in a narrow 24-hour window (regardless of if I've posted other updates or not). While I'm fine with posting simply for sharing what I've explored, I still want my watched to "count" in the end, and not just be an anecdote of my journey for the month.

Plus, I'm gunning to participate in all 36 challenges this year, so I don't want to tarnish my record. tehe :D

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Post by sol » June 4th, 2018, 10:49 am

Fergenaprido on Jun 4 2018, 04:39:32 AM wrote:While I'm fine with posting simply for sharing what I've explored, I still want my watched to "count" in the end, and not just be an anecdote of my journey for the month.

Plus, I'm gunning to participate in all 36 challenges this year, so I don't want to tarnish my record. tehe :D
Well, it's totally up to maxwelldeux regarding your record. If he's prepared to include your results, I'm totally fine with that and if one of the mods wants to update my OP to include your score, I'm not about to protest. :thumbsup: But in a month like this, where I have just come off hosting one Challenge and jumped into hosting another, it's too taxing to be spending several days jumping back and forth with updates, and if I stretched the deadline for you, I'd need to stretch it for others too (when do things end?). As mentioned, if max is happy to include your score, or one of the mods wants to update the leaderboard, good on them... but I included a clearly marked deadline for a reason. I'm not trying to rush things, I'm trying to be efficient. Anyway, sorry for any misunderstandings or confusions and hope to see you around on the Unofficial Challenge (which has a similar deadline, by the way). ;)
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Post by Fergenaprido » June 5th, 2018, 7:16 pm

sol on Jun 4 2018, 04:49:54 AM wrote:
Fergenaprido on Jun 4 2018, 04:39:32 AM wrote:While I'm fine with posting simply for sharing what I've explored, I still want my watched to "count" in the end, and not just be an anecdote of my journey for the month.

Plus, I'm gunning to participate in all 36 challenges this year, so I don't want to tarnish my record. tehe :D
Well, it's totally up to maxwelldeux regarding your record. If he's prepared to include your results, I'm totally fine with that and if one of the mods wants to update my OP to include your score, I'm not about to protest. :thumbsup: But in a month like this, where I have just come off hosting one Challenge and jumped into hosting another, it's too taxing to be spending several days jumping back and forth with updates, and if I stretched the deadline for you, I'd need to stretch it for others too (when do things end?). As mentioned, if max is happy to include your score, or one of the mods wants to update the leaderboard, good on them... but I included a clearly marked deadline for a reason. I'm not trying to rush things, I'm trying to be efficient. Anyway, sorry for any misunderstandings or confusions and hope to see you around on the Unofficial Challenge (which has a similar deadline, by the way). ;)
Starting June 25th I'll be stationary in one city for four weeks, so I should be good for that challenge on July 1st. August 1st updates are a completely different story :D

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Post by nimimerkillinen » June 6th, 2018, 9:57 am

1. Il Postino
2. Faccia a faccia

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