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Once Upon a Time in the West
There were three men in her life. One to take her... one to love her... and one to kill her.
This classic western masterpiece is an epic film about a widow whose land and life are in danger as the railroad is getting closer and closer to taking them over. A mysterious harmonica player joins forces with a desperado to protect the woman and her land.
A true masterpiece in every sense of the word! The opening scene takes the mundane (sweaty gunslingers with weathered faces, dripping water, pesky fly and a rusty old windmill) and literally turns it into a work of art!
A western that's so real you can almost see the beard stubble grow by the minute and the sweat trickling from your screen!
Gorgeous cinematography with soundtracks ranging from glorious, to thrilling, to haunting! An all star cast as magnificent as the film itself! (Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, Claudia Cardinale)
As lusty as it is gutsy! A place and time when guns and grimaces did all of the talking!
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"Do you know anything about a guy going around playing the harmonica? He's someone you'd remember. Instead of talking, he plays. And when he better play, he talks."
What a pleasure it was for me to finally get to watch this masterpiece which I kept on putting off because of its nearly three hour runtime. I was blown away by Sergio Leone’s direction in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, and that was the only film of his that I’d seen up to this point, but now I honestly can’t say which of the two films I prefer. This is perhaps a better film because it is set on a grander and epic scale, but perhaps not as entertaining…
Although Sergio Leone never really made anything better or more entertaining than The Good, the Bad & the Ugly in my opinion, he did come incredibly close to repeating that cinematic feat with this spaghetti western epic. A stunning work of blazing originality & featuring precision craftsmanship in nearly all departments of filmmaking, Once Upon a Time in the West is western in its purest form that fuses breathtaking art into the legacy of Wild West unlike any other example before or after it.
The story revolves around a small chunk of land which is the region's only water source. The family that owns the land is slaughtered by Frank & his gang, after which the ownership transfers to Jill, the widow of…
Beautifully composed, shot, and told, Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West" is well deserving of its reputation as one of the best Westerns ever made. An epic story of lawlessness, vengeance, and the women and men conquering the untamed American west, Leone's film is meditative and gritty, sweeping and violent. It compels with its carefully composed aesthetic, archetypal-yet-specifically drawn characters, and grand themes.
Steeped in dirt, sweat, and stubble, Leone's film is made up of narrative threads well-known to genre fans. Murder, westward expansion, and frontier justice dominate the plot. The story focuses on a widow whose husband owned precious water rights near the town of Flagstone. With parties trying to forcibly rid the widow of her…
Almost 50 years after it's release we're still guaranteed to be captivated by Once Upon a Time in the West's beautiful photography, the incredibly ambitious story, the untalkative ironic humor, the stylistic directing, the perfect ensemble cast and last but not least, Ennio Morricone's both grandiose and minimalist musical score. If there ever was a film that stood the test of time, without any signs of flaws, this is it.
Once Upon a Time in the West is - along side with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - my favourite Sergio Leone western. It describes one of the most mythical eras in American history: The building of the Pacific Railroad.
As the thematic and manufacturing scale of the…
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Once Upon a Time in the West is beautiful, but flawed, much like it's central female character.
Sergio Leone delivers a gorgeous film with his usual flair. Wide, sweeping, beautiful landscapes are juxtaposed with tight, harsh, and grim close ups. The majesty of the American West contrasts with the ugliness of the men who inhabit it. It's a meditation on greed, violence, and human nature, and boy does this film ever meditate. Leone doesn't want you to just observe the world, he wants you to live in it, replicating it's rituals and it's griminess down to the smallest of details.
Though Charles Bronson is somewhat flat as drifter Harmonica, every other actor involved has a terrific showing. Henry Fonda absolutely…
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I bought this film on Blu Ray a while back because I haven't seen much westerns, and this is often considered one of the best. This film is phenomenal. The story, the characters, the actors, the action, the suspense. It's brilliant. Henry Fonda does such a good job as a villain in this film, his character is really intimidating.
The scenes in the film are very well directed, one scene that shocked me was when Frank kills Brett McBain's sons and daughters, he does it so mercilessly. As soon as his daughter dropped and I had the sudden realisation that she had been shot and not the birds, I was like :O
The soundtrack to this film is amazing, and…
A masterpiece. The music, the atmosphere, and the characters are all amazing. Leone's directing is also top notch, making the slow pace and long running time worth every second.
During the scene near the end of Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West in which Charles Bronson's Harmonica faces off against Henry Fonda's Frank - a scene wherein we discover that the latter is responsible for a great deal of personal trauma for the former, and everything about the enigmatic musical gunslinger's past and present finally falls into place - I simply can't control myself. I tear right up. Maybe it's knowing that a great victory is right around the corner for poor Harmonica. Maybe it's just that score. Or perhaps it's just that I feel very deeply for characters who carry baggage far beyond their control. It's most definitely all of these things together and then some. Actions speak louder than words in Leone's West, interactions often reduced to a glance and/or a gunshot. A deeply moving piece of work.
Film #14 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task 14. A film by a director you've never seen any of their films before!
At first, it was hard to think of a director I've never seen any of their films before. However, considering my lack of Western movies, I was able to land on Sergio Leone for this task. Having been released two years after he ended the Man with No Name trilogy, Once Upon a Time in the West excels on the approaches in cinematography, editing, acting, and story.
Recommendation: Anyone inside and out of the Spaghetti Western fanbase
Don't trust a man who wears both suspenders and a belt.
It took three Italians to write and create a perfect Western.
"People scare better when they're dying"
This movie is a pure epic. When you look up epic in the dictionary there will be a picture of this film. The cinematography, the score, the characters, the editing- there is no two ways about it, this movie is grander in scope than most others even dare to be.
The opening is a slow crawl of simply amazing shots and sublime sound editing to create a mood of mundane tediousness like no other. It also serves the purpose of letting the audience know that there's very little dialogue in this film. Get used to it.
The whole thing moves with the music of Ennio Morricone, and not the other way around. It's a…
Epic story of a mysterious stranger with a harmonica who joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.
One of the great Westerns, the one thing that struck me is just how slow the film is. I'm sure most American Western's of this period moved at a quicker pace than this. That is by no means a criticism, the pacing is one of the things I admire most about OUATITW. The opening 15 minutes are fantastic, you are slowly enveloped straight into the world then from nowhere the explosion of violence happens. No one would ever say Charles Bronson was a great actor but he is perfect as the…