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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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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…
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…
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…
Directed by Sergio Leone. A die-hard fan of Henry Fonda, finally got hold of him, and that too in cold-blooded blue-eyed assassin. Fonda's performance was simply inspiring, Charles Bronson was great at making a tough take, Jason Robards was remarkable at some notable humor scenes of this film. Claudia Cardinal was exotically beautiful.
There are some grand scenes in this film, the opening scene, with great cinematography capturing the set as well as coming of train. The ending scene of the film with Ennio's music score is what makes the scene exceptionally beautiful and one of most cherished-scenes in Westerns. Morton's staring at the painting of an ocean followed by mesmerizing music is typically fantasy-based and remarkable touch given in the film.
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Once Upon a Time in the West is a film about four human beings. It vividly and ornately constructs the relationships between these people to create a tangled web of humanity, showing off our species's affinity for forbidden love, righteous vengeance, and the blurred lines between goodness and evil. The film features brilliant cinematography and an excellent soundscape to capture the power of the individual in the Wild West, emphasizing even further the fact that the characters at play in this work are akin to demigods, all powerful forces who collide on a cosmic level. Though perhaps not as purely entertaining as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, I would call this the more plodding and methodical of the two films, and perhaps ultimately the stronger.
A thoughtful, carefully directed and well-acted western.
Man, fuck How the West was Won, THIS is how you make a Western epic. It's not about having the most expensive cameras or the largest time span, it's about the vision of the director. Sergio Leone was certainly a man of vision, and with Once Upon a Time in the West, Leone crafted a film which both mythifies the American West while deconstructing it. Leone's intense close-ups, unorthodox angles, moving camera, large characters, and grand gun fights (all set to Ennio Morricone's epic music) are all at play here and as good as ever and it's awesome.
However Leone is also able to step back and take a more honest look at the time in American history. The characters…
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I will rewatch it someday and maybe like it more then. The first and mainly the second act didn't have much going on and the story was kind of all over the place but some sequences are just incredible (the family murder scene). Oh and the biggest pro of this movie is certainly the amazing score by Ennio Morricone, once again. Just perfect. I had chills when the score started at the moment the little boy ran to the front door of the house to see his family murdered by the outlaws.
it's impossible to give this movie a rating less than 5 stars - not because Claudia Cardinale is a wonderful actress (she is beautiful), but this movie is just legendary and ok: Henry Fonda, Bronson and Robards are famous actors.
I like the long silences in the movie and , of course, the music from Morricone!
A classic spaghetti western, the genre at it's finest, beautifully filmed and scored. It has held up quite well through time, testament to Leone's genius in this genre.
Perhaps my favorite thing are the various leitmotifs for each character, a la, idée fixe. Westerns, like opera, tend to pull their stories or libretti from similar storylines: the hero's tale, the tragedy, the comedy of errors. It cannot be ignored that the tropes of opera are perfectly appropriate for the Western genre, and who other than Italians would do that justice?
It's one of my favorite movies of all time, definitely give it a try. It's on Netflix still, last I checked.
After watching Whiplash, the broad scope of Once Upon a Time in the West was almost jarring. The sheer number of 100% developed characters in a fully realized world was jaw-dropping. One thing this movie does excellently is utilize lack of dialogue. While it seems that this may make the movie seem slow at times, it certainly is not as it always gives the viewer some sort of eye-candy to latch onto.
One thing this movie does EXTREMELY well was developing the setting of a scene while it is unraveling. For example, a man orders a drink at a bar and it is not until he lifts it to his lips that we see that he has handcuffs on. Another…
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Bottom line: I've always thought I hated westerns and its because of movies like Once Upon A Time in the West.
Once Upon A Time in the West opens to a quiet dusty train station. An old, wiry, prospector type man (really, he is a caricature) is held up by three intimidating, quiet men. The three men are waiting for the next train to arrive. After several minutes of standing and waiting and sitting and waiting, the train arrives. Charles Bronson (we come to know him as Harmonica) stands alone with a bag in one hand. He drops it, pulls out a gun and kills the three men. Now before I get much further, let me start with my…
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