Duck, You Sucker (1971) – Vintage Movie Wallpaper of the Day – James Coburn & Rod Steiger


Vintage Movie Wallpaper of the Day
Sunday, June 28, 2009

Getting to see the new Duck, You Sucker (Giu La Testa aka Fistful of Dynamite) restoration on the big screen at Cannes this year was by far one of the biggest highlights of 2009 for me. I still remember getting goose bumps as I walked out with the end credits rolling blasting the beautiful score by Ennio Morricone. Before the screening they had several members of the Leone family present to introduce the film and I believe some crew that used to work with him. You can’t really beat that kind of unique setup for such a wild western as this!

This new restoration save for some slight picture blemishes early on is a sight to behold and sound wise equally amazing. If you think you have seen and experienced Duck, You Sucker before, just wait until you see it like this! That the restoration has a digital version should help it to garner more chances for limited theatrical engagements.

The second still here is an extremely rare one showing a very hands on Sergio Leone behind the scenes ready to blow some stuff up.

The first still which comes from its original Argentinean release is also rare and has a larger to life feel to it with a looming James Coburn and Rod Steiger filling its frame.

Restoration Notes:

The restoration of Giu la testa is based on the original camera negative and on the magnetic soundtracks provided by the Sergio Leone Estate. This copy corresponds with the complete version of Sergio Leone’s approved edit from 1971. The Techniscope camera negative was scanned at 2k resolution and digitally restored; color correction was made using a positive print from 1971 as a reference.

The English soundtrack was restored from the original magnetic materials used for the monophonic mixing. The film was restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in 2009, under the auspices of the Sergio Leone Estate.

Image Source:
Official still that was used in the original Argentina release of the film.

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