Just a quick post to introduce myself to the forum. I’m now back from a family trip to Almeria and whilst there I had the absolute pleasure of meeting a few of you at the Sergio Leone screenings. It was a refreshing experience to meet such a great bunch of guys with a common interest, who weren’t at all competitive or guarded about their knowledge or enthusiasms. It was also nice to see you were all as anal-retentive in person as you appear here on the forum. Lol. But hey, that’s what makes us all so individual and able to help each other learn about this great film genre we spend so much time thirsting for. To be honest I am not generally a forum person. I was turned off from joining as, in the past I have been invloved in other forums which have mainly turned into a clique of opinionated people who are were far too competitive with information. After my meetings with a few of you, as well as Sebastian the site administrator I can honestly say that I can’t see this forum going the same way.
So it brings me to my first post. I have been a non contributing vouyer of this site for too long. It’s a fantastic site written and worked on by some great and interesting contributors. You all have an amazing knowledge of Spaghetti Westerns, built over many pain staking years of viewing and research. My main passion is for location hunting. The thrill of the chase, and the unbelievable beauty of the backdrops. More importantly, the appreciation of the true brilliance of the Directors, Cinematografers and location hunters for the films all those years ago. They are as beautiful in real life now as they were when originally captured on film. Anybody with a true pasion for this genre should make their own pilgramage to Spain to experience the emotion and splendor of the locations. Most of these are in such remote abscure places that it did bring a smile to my face to see a convoy of cars leaving the El Cortijo del Fraile on a dirt track, after the Good Bad and Ugly screening in the ludicrous early hours on the Monday morning. Although this is a well known tourist location, this is usually a place that if you see one car or even a farmer it was a shock let alone the unusual experience of seeing a stream of cars with their headlights in the distance as far as you could see. This indeed was the true pull for the great Sergio Leone and his amazingly shot film.
So for now enough rambling, and I hope you can accept me into your fold as a humble but similarly anal compañero.
Johnny (The Rambla Rambler)