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Last night I had a dream I was in hotel 20x25. The android in my story came to visit me. “Why did you make me this way,” she asked. “A prisoner unable to have other emotions.” “I don’t want to end like this,” she said. “I deserve a better ending. Help me. I beg you.” I was really sorry for her that I had no other choice than to promise to try.
The Last Mistress (2007) Une vieille maîtresse (original title) Secrets, rumors and betrayals surround the upcoming marriage between a young dissolute man and virtuous woman of the French aristocracy.</p>
By 16 December, Fistful of Dollars had taken 430 million lire at the box office. It was the most successful Italian-made Western, and one of the most successful Westerns generally… Given the Variety review and the film’s enormous box-office receipts, a letter from Mr. Kurosawa was inevitable. According to Tonino Valerii, Leone’s assistant, it arrived signed by Kurosawa and Ryuzo Kikushima, his co-screenwriter on Yojimbo. Valerii reported its contents to Frayling:
Signor Leone—I have just had the chance to see your film. It is a very fine film, but it is my film. As Japan is a signatory to the Berne Convention on international copyright, you must pay me. — Akira Kurosawa.
Leone was thrilled to receive a letter from a Master, congratulating him on his very fine film. But [producers] Papi and Colombo were appalled, and tried to mount a defense rather than settle. Perhaps inevitably, Leone became a part of it—though they were defending the indefensible. At the start, Leone had sent all his friends and collaborators to see Yojimbo. He had asked Colombo and Papi to obtain the rights. Now he and they began claiming that Yojimbo was only one of various sources which had inspired Fistful of Dollars… When the litigation delayed international sales, Papi and Colombo settled, giving Kurosawa and Kikushima Asian rights to Fistful, plus 15 percent of the international box office.