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Instead of watching Cross Of Iron, read the book it is based upon. Willi Heinrich's The Willing Flesh.

I saw some sort of doco / interview with Quentin Tarantino who was POSITIVELY CREAMING HIS DACKS over the skills of Sam Fuller, and the influence he had on him.

Sam Fuller got interviewed a lot so maybe it was a Sam Fuller doco / interview?!

It made me want to go out and watch his whole back catalog. (But alas, I forgot to maintain the rage and haven't seen one.) White Dog looked interesting, too.

He's precisely the type of guy Tarentino would rave about, Far. That tight direction and hard-boiled modus operandi. It's easy to see why he would be a big influence.

I saw him interviewed with Jim Jarmusch once. Not a bad show.

And you should check out the fillum, The American Friend with Bruno Ganz, Dennis Hopper and Fuller in a bit roll.

Funnily enough i never tire of watching 'Lawrence Of Arabia'. Perhaps because of all that lovelly sand over here. Lawrence is told by Prince Faisal ' You are one of those desert loving Englishmen. We hate the desert- what does it contain? ' It's a sweeping story, i enjoy it better every time i see it but it never fully explains the enigma that was Colonel Lawrence. As for "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" i gave up after a few pages !!

I've never read SPOW, Brett. But I reckon LOA goes OK. And watching Peter O'Toole do his thing it's easy to see why he has such a huge reputation.

Once Upon A Time In America is the only thing that stops me from entirely dismissing Sergio Leone as an overrated hack. The original release was indeed a disaster of the sort that results when you've got a film running over three and a half hours and you destroy the rather careful structure of that film by hacking out 90 minutes of it. I really can't imagine the film being any shorter than it is.

You know, the day after he had a heart-attack and died, he was supposed to go to Russia to start work on a massive spaghetti version of Napoleon.

I think when you consider Leone, you have to think Morricone, too. I don't think his work would have been anywhere near as good as it was (to me, anyway) without the maestro.

I reckon i own just about EVERY track from the Spaghetti's. Superb music- never been matched in fillums since.

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Carburetors man, that's what life is all about.

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