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A special column of the music general counsellor of Morriunion
Mr. Yang dalin and Ms. Yang dong
A complex elegy of "revolutionary era"
-- Discussion of Leone's "past Trilogy" (2): "Once upon a time in Revolution"
The Chinese famous specialists and pioneer for research on film music  The married couple Mr.Yang dalin and Ms.Yang dong
The Chinese famous specialists and pioneer for research on film music
The host of Beijing radio and TV station and so on.
The music general counsellor of "China Morricone Fans Association"
The married couple Mr.Yang dalin and Ms.Yang dong
Their E-mail ydlgzs@sina.com
A complex elegy of "revolutionary era"
-- Discussion of Leone's "past Trilogy" (2): "Once upon a time in Revolution"
The writer Daling Yang
Translated by hwg and Tianyi Han on Nov.16, 2009

From every angle, the "Once upon a time in revolution" was taken in 1971 before and after can be described the most complex one in Sergio Leone's all the works. First of all titles are complex, because the world still is not what the film will have so many names. Previous "Once upon a time in the west" ever was regarded by Leone as his ended works with Italian-style "Spaghetti Westerns film". In fact,this great work birthed after the "Reward Trilogy", not only considered as his last one "Spaghetti Westerns film" by the director himself, even considered by film critics as a "burial ceremony" to American Westerns film. Therefore, when Leone faces to Europe's political situation in 1960s and 1970s and begins to brew their own next work, this surging in his mind is no longer the west with violent sands of thousands miles, but a most fashionable, most radical thought of the theme: Revolution. He is interested in that took place in Mexico's unsuccessful revolution in the early 20th century.
However, the name of the original film, go so far as to associated from apply the mother tongue of his native home - Roman slang "Giu la testa" (Looking down, ignore it) became English title "Duck You Sucker!" (Meaning into a "quick get on the ground, asshole!"). The United States' distributors face the phrases that they not often use and not too gentle, also is for the box office, have to according to drama re-played a "A Fistful of Dynamite" it is similar name with Leone's first Spaghetti Westerns film
"A Fistful of Dollars". But in the end, only the name given by the French who revered Italian director Leone is Not only romantic, loud , with the academic colors, also meet the tastes of the film criticism,and was recognized by researchers for Leone community, its English just is "Once Upon a Time in Revolution".

Except the title name, the various edition of the film, difficult lens shooting, complicated work of postedit, also one after another episode fulled metaphor....etc, All make this Italian film that subtitle in the starting of the film is actually Mao Zedong's quotations (the revolution is not a dinner party) with a wonderful complexity. The same show of this complexity, as well as Ennio Morricone's moving soundtrack that is novels and profound and Meaningful.
The first lens of the film is a fulled implication of features where a force of urinary stream is impacting an ant's formicary near a root of a big tree. Followed one of the theme of music sounded by the audience ears: the motivation of "Beggars march". This is a wonderful and unique selection of sound, full of banter and ironic short phrases, on behalf of the owner of the urinary stream, one of the film's hero, due to the origin of poverty and so thinking rich, but stumbled accidentally doing "revolution" of the Mexican peasant Juan. In the Morricone's music idea, it is to be performanced by the "Beggar's march" composited by six holes flageolet, Bason, banjo or guitar, whistles and military drum that a cuckoo sound of hungry stomachs of Juan and his family and their subsequent hiccup sound after fed up.
The one who follows the sound suggesting another hero to appear is such a beautiful, mellow whistling solo, that can be found only by Morricone, at the same time, in that distant, misty, and attracted a reverie of melody, the lyrics to be called the shortest with a specific meaning in the music of Leone's works appeared for the first time. the syllable consisted by four letters (S-E-A-N), it actually is Irish name pronunciation of another hero in the film - from the Irish explosives expert John --Sean. Thus, in the first group of lens of the opening, the composer revealed the two hero's origin and background by way of the most concise way of approximating a overture, through music to link their fate together. In the seemingly (or listening to like) concise, inspirational singing of melodies that is an extremely simple even with funny colorful musical motives, already implies a lot of visual images and rich, deep-rooted drama factor. And this complexity performed by the music, also from one side shows why Sergio Leone - Ennio Morricone's work can withstand the test of time, last and fresh.
When Juan and his family participate to explode the bank door, actually being action to rescue the detained Revolutionaries, the melody of "Beggar's march"suddenly was inserted the famous theme of motivation of Mozart's "G major strings serenade", expressed a hidden deep ideas in the lens : put up mockery and subversion as Juan's way to classical music and the upper class and the bourgeoisie represented by the classical music. Except this audio-visual light point left the audience, it just is flashback lens cut for several times that make people with floating of mind very much: Distant Homeland Ireland, youth John and his good friend Nolan who's name also same is Sean (John), are traveling together in a road where the grass looks like a green carpet, that one who is sitting on the back seat, is a beautiful, gentle girl who is loved by the two young people .....

At the moment, a hooked soul song without words Sung by Morricone's Queen's soprano Edda Dell'orso,as an extremely comfortable, fresh, tactful melody floating above the instrumental theme soundtrack of the film as an outstanding highlight form, has become another elegy dedicated by Italian Sergio Leone for Another time and space lingered in his mind - revolutionary era. At this moment, the maverick film masters has make full preparations from all aspects for his next great works that is " Once upon a time in America" in 12 years later.

Sep.17,2007 (Abbreviated version)

Below are added information
001 - The stills
"Once upon a time in revolution"
"Once upon a time in revolution"
"A Fistful of Dollars"
"A Fistful of Dollars"-"Duck You Sucker!"
"Duck You Sucker!"
 
 
002 - Intercepted 3 film clips as Mr.Yang Dalin's article
Intercepted 3 film clips as Mr.Yang Dalin's article 3-1 (Place 00'00'20" - 00'04'10")
3'50"(Potato site)
The first lens of the film is a fulled implication of features where a force of urinary stream is impacting an ant's formicary near a root of a big tree. Followed one of the theme of music sounded by the audience ears: the motivation of "Beggars march". This is a wonderful and unique selection of sound, full of banter and ironic short phrases....
Intercepted 3 film clips as Mr.Yang Dalin's article 3-2 (Place 01'08'50" - 01'18'32")
9'48"(Potato site)
When Juan and his family participate to explode the bank door, actually being action to rescue the detained Revolutionaries, the melody of "Beggar's march"suddenly was inserted the famous theme of motivation of Mozart's "G major strings serenade", expressed a hidden deep ideas in the lens.....
Intercepted 3 film clips as Mr.Yang Dalin's article 3-3 (Place 00'32'09" - 00'37'14")
5'07"(Potato site)

it just is flashback lens cut for several times that make people with floating of mind very much: Distant Homeland Ireland, youth John and his good friend Nolan who's name also same is Sean (John), are traveling together in a road where the grass looks like a green carpet, that one who is sitting on the back seat, is a beautiful, gentle girl who is loved by the two young people .....At the moment, a hooked soul song without words Sung by Morricone's Queen's soprano Edda Dell'orso....

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