Colossus did air on TCM over here sometime around last year, but I missed it.
My Leone History:
Once/America was the first movie of his that I saw in my early teens, but I didn’t take notice of who the director was or who composed that awesomely emotional music. Even though it was the “Butchered” version that I saw, I still acknowledged it as a very good movie.
Saw GBU a few years later and instantly loved it. Had to seek out more of this guy’s work.
Watched FOD and FAFDM later that same month and wasn’t let down. The reason why I knew these were Leone pictures was because Cinemax had a Sergio Leone special that month and played a marathon of these movies. Since I had no books,magazines, or the internet to provide me with info for what other movies Leone made, I just had to rely on my TV Guide and see if something rang a bell.
Around that same time (Since I loved Morricone’s western music) I went out and bought a western-compliation tape (It wasn’t on CD) and on this compilation were 2 interesting pieces. One was called “Once upon a Time in the West” and the other was “The Man with the Harmonica”. I thought these two were seperate movies and just figured they must’ve been awesome westerns. Plus, since no credit was given to Morricone for composing these tunes on the tape, I didn’t know (At the time) that he made these.
But then on July 4th, 1995, I spent the holiday over at my Grandpa’s. While eating our barbeque lunch outside on the patio, I heard some familiar music coming from the living room. It was that eeire harmonica tune. “What the hell?” I said outloud as I ventured into the room to see where that music was coming from. And what I saw just absolutely blew me away.
On the TV was this incredible scene unfolding before my eyes being accompained by that memorable music.
I sat down in awe and just watched the rest of the movie play out. Then came the also-familiar “Once upon a time in the west” theme music when the Charles Bronson-character says he has “to go”. Holy Shit! This is all the same movie! ;D I think from that point on I didn’t need to know that was another tremendous western directed by Sergio Leone. I caught the replay of the full-length film later on that year and was truly fulfilled.
A few years later, the internet was in full force and I finally got to see the career of Leone.
Duck You Sucker would be the final movie of his that I would see but WOULD NOT be disappointed. Again, even though it was yet another “Butchered” version of a Leone film, I still loved what I saw.
Now I’m just waiting for the Special Edition DVDs of FOD,FAFD,and DYS to venture stateside. But if the wait continues to be unbearable, I’ll just have to order the R2s…And to someday see Collossus 1 of these days.