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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.
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…
"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…
Sergio Leone has always been one of my favourite directors, not only because I'd probably consider him the most important filmmaker who ever lived, but also because he directed the one that might be my all-time favourite film. I first saw The Good, The Bad & The Ugly when I was 5 or 6 and that was the first time I truly loved a film without even understanding what was going on the screen, I just knew I had seen the best film in the history of cinema because of what I had experienced.
Director Sergio Leone does that. He offers his audience spetacles no one can forget—his films are long and atmospheric, but, instead of feeling exhausting, the 170-minutes run…
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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I felt a bit disappointed personally, after falling in love with The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. This movie opens so well, and the characters are clearly presented, but I personally felt the the 3rd act of the movie became muddled, and it felt that not much happened until the great standoff at the end. I still enjoyed it immensely however, just not as much as I had hoped, and much of this is probably personal taste.
A true masterpiece of the western genre. Great.
A stunning western from director Sergio Leone.
Definitely a different kind of a western, but anytime Henry Fonda is the bad guy it needs to be watched. While the movie is good and may deserve a higher rating, there are a few scenes in the movie that move along at a fairly slow pace.
"Do you know anything about a guy going around playing the harmonica? He is someone you'd remember. Instead of talking, he plays. And when he better play, he talks..."
Não chega a ser tão bom quanto The Good, The Bad and The Ugly mas está tão próximo que seria um erro dar menos que cinco estrelas. Atuações, fotografia e roteiro são muito bons e é recheado de frases memoráveis, pra não mencionar Ennio Morricone e a trilha sonora, mais uma vez brilhante. Era só ouvir o som da harmônica pra saber que algo foda estava por vir.
Once Upon a Time in the West é a consagração do trabalho de Sergio Leone e tem tudo que se pode querer em um Western, sem dúvidas um dos melhores filmes filmes do gênero já produzidos e uma obra prima.
My second favorite film and score by Sergio Leone who is in-fact my second favorite directer. A lot of silver medals for this film. As always the final showdown in his spaghetti westerns are unbelievably amazing. This could easily be the crowning achievement of any directors career yet Sergio was committed to so much more with "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" two years prior and "Once Upon a Time in America" 16 years later. Not to mention that I have yet to even watch "A Few Dollars More". A no doubter in my top ten films list.
Haven't seen this in a few years, but my god, what a masterpiece. Everything. The direction, the acting, the music, the action, cinematography. This is cinematic perfection.
Every second of this film is methodically paced, every shot is gorgeously framed, and every character is fleshed out and unique.
So many amazing moments in this film, from the opening scene at the train station to the final shootout between Harmonica and Frank.
I usually try to shy away from the word "epic" as I feel its abundant overuse in the last few years has diminished its impact, but this movie earns it. Not only is this the greatest western film I have ever seen, its quality and its influence transcend the genre to make this one of the greatest films of all time.
Well you can say you haven't seen it until you've seen it on the big screen. Thankfully, the 35mm print looked fine too.
The most important conflict is actually no big deal compared to everything else that's happening in the West, and the movie at that moment; but the way that duel is presented is bigger than life, making it much more important and engaging, and that's what I love the most about this film. Also, the last scene with Morton is one of the most human and honest scenes in cinema, and a personal favorite.
When someone describes the party last night as “epic,” the word has probably lost its meaning, but even so, Once Upon a Time in the West seems like a sterling example Hollywood’s 1960s definition, which has as much to do with the ambitious scope of a production (and budget) as it does with story. (Today, of course, epic has nothing on arduous.)
I had a good time watching it, and in almost every formal respect it is accomplished, maybe even unassailable. It’s an incredibly careful, un-spontaneous film. I’m beginning to think that deliberately slow pacing may be a particular subspecialty of mid-century Italian filmmakers.
It’s also surprisingly serious, with a complicated plot involving water rights and railroad expansion—almost as noir as it is Western. But that might as well be a footnote, because the pleasure of the film is not its twists and turns, but its tone: a gritty, lived-in sense of the West’s mixture of risk, potential, and loneliness.
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