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.
Once Upon a Time in the West is the first and most ambitious film from a trilogy by Sergio Leones. This classic western masterpiece is an epic film about a widow who’s 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 Desperado to protect the woman and her land. Brilliant performances and a daring cinematic
While watching Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West, one notices that the film is slow, almost unbearably so. The famous opening scene sets the tone: 13 minutes of build up for a mere 5 seconds of violence. Leone and his screen writers have stretched a rather thin revenge plot into a 166 minute epic of the last days of the wild west, filled with death and beauty. Why the deliberate pacing? Because the film is what Leone called a "dance of death". It is a tribute and farewell to the American Western, frequently subverting the generic conventions of the genre. The characters are what Harmonica calls an "ancient race", and by the end, when the railroad arrives,…
How do you give a movie six-stars on Letterboxd?
I know an argument is often presented for Once Upon A Time In The West being the greatest Western ever made. I would personally, and I'm probably not alone, put a case forward that it is the greatest film ever made full stop.
However, last month when I rewatched The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, I did find myself wondering if I actually preferred the last part of the Dollars trilogy to this film. As it turns out, I actually do and I'm now going to have to shuffle my top 4. Again!
Not that Once Upon A Time In The West proved to be a lesser spectacle on this viewing. I admired and enjoyed it every bit as…
One of my favorite films of all times
Ah! After long, hectic week of assignments and lots of running around, I finally reached home, took a good long sleep, turned on my PC and watched Leone's unforgettable, gently sweeping masterpiece Once Upon a Time in the West with my father. Before the film began, he recalled his youth when he used to watch Charles Bronson's movies. He grew extremely nostalgic as Morricone's breath-taking score filled the room. He was watching the movie once more after 25 years. It is too beautiful to put in words. And when a film is so great, you just don't realize how fast time flies. A three hour movie felt like one and the half.…
Once Upon a Time in the BEST
because this is the best
this song is so beautiful that I can't even stand it
I'm convinced that I don't like westerns.
Well, I've now seen a spaghetti western. And it had all of the things that I was kind of avoiding them for: the weird dubbing thing, the oppressive length matched with a languid pace, and a story which thinks of coherence as a mere suggestion. And yet, I was almost entirely enthralled throughout the 2.5 hour running time of this marvelous film. There are bad guys that are good and good guys that are bad and everybody is interested in a young woman out of her element in the end of the west. Parts of the score wouldn't feel out of place in a (weird) Disney movie and it was those little pieces that clued me into what the title…
I could give this five stars on the score alone.
After thoroughly not enjoying THE WILD BUNCH and BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID, I was dreading this one. Just assumed Westerns weren't my thing, and this was a long one.
And it's completely, utterly brilliant.
That harmonica refrain, that score. That...everything. My god, this was so good.
With a running time of 2 hours and 44 minutes, I was not looking forward to watching this movie. Going into this movie I was thinking, “Go ahead Sergio Leone, prove to me that this story deserves such a long running time.” If I am going to spend almost three hours, it better be worth my time. So when the final credits began to roll I asked myself whether or not I wanted that time back. Signore Leone, you can keep that time, I will not ask for it back, it was well worth it.
I was incredibly surprised at all of the film references this movie makes. This film pays homage to many American Westerns by filmmakers such as…
Excellent performances, excellent style, but a bit longer than what the story merits. The first hour in particular feels a bit filled with awesome, but ultimately dispensable scenes.
Beautifully scored, beautifully shot, great performances. Long and sprawling.
Bronson and Fonda are so good. So is everything else.
At nearly three hours Once Upon a Time in the West is most definitely not long enough to do all of it's many storylines and complex characters justice. It's a majestic western, visually astounding with a score to die for but suffers in the storytelling department, as have the three previous Leone films. Bronson finally said yes to starring in a Leone picture and I'm left to wonder what might have been if it was him and not Eastwood as the man with no name.