Quentin Tarantino's favorite films based on the internet pulled from multiple sources.
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 would 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 movies are long and atmospheric, but, instead of feeling exhausting, the 170-minutes…
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…
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…
This film feels effortless.
It's nearly three hours long, but the film making is so absorbing that you don't even notice or feel the passage of time. It somehow goes by quickly, yet feels like it encompasses something epic and grand.
The film is chauvinistic. No doubt about it. Claudia Cardinale is more a spectator to the action, but she's forceful and gorgeous and manages to hold everything else together. There are scenes and dialogue that are cringe-worthy, but accurate to the way she would have been treated in the situation, as much in the sixties as during the period of the film. I chose to accept that, and be able to grapple with the film I was watching as…
*This* is cinema.
Probably Leone's best. He, and everyone else in front of and behind the cameras, is firing on all cylinders.
As with all of Leone's films, no one is really good, yet he still manages to elicit sympathy for those who don't deserve it. Well, apart from Frank. But even he has his moment of jeopardy. Basically, you become invested in all the characters and each one has a story that begins and ends, or at least reaches a satisfying conclusion as the credits roll.
How shocking it must have been for cinema audience to catch their first glimpse of the nominal star of the movie. "Jesus Christ, that's Henry Fonda!" Indeed.
An apex of modern cinema, and certainly the best modern Western yet made.
Leone lapsed into his bad habit of portraying a super complicated plot, and he holds onto his unusual notion that literally nothing exists that is outside the frame, which compounds the problems that an overly complicated plot has. But it is still a joy to watch.
It's feels slower and longer than The Good The Bad and The Ugly, but it's slightly shorter. It's not boring, it's transfixing in that way that allows you to feel like the universe has slowed down and you get a chance to look around at things in motion in great detail.
With this film, Sergio Leone began his Once Upon a Time trilogy. With his Dollars Trilogy, Leone created his vision of a disembodied American west, and had fun with the genre. But starting with this film, he began to go in a slightly different direction. As the title suggests, this is a fairy tale, a myth, of a west that never was and always will be. To put it another way, "the west" is an ideal that only ever existed once upon a time.
This film contains all the familiar elements of a classic western, homaging many movies and setpieces, but whereas THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY hints at moments of a larger, sadder world, this film is…
C'era una volta il West es de esos films de los cuales aunque uno no intente generar altas expectativas, estas se crean y son elevadas. Principalmente se debe al peso histórico que tiene, a quien la dirige y a la valoración promedio de los espectadores que tienen la oportunidad de verla. Lastimosamente dichas expectativas no fueron alcanzadas.
Principalmente estamos ante un trabajo con una producción MAGNÍFICA y eso queda en evidencia desde los primeros minutos de la cinta, pero que personalmente no considero su historia tan buena como el resto y mucho menos la duración de la misma, que fácilmente pudo haber durado unos minutos menos, pero entiendo la intención de Sergio Leone. Aplausos para la impecable fotografía de Tonino…
The best way to sum up this film is unnecessarily excessive. Once Upon A Time In The West is constant with its set pieces and visual motifs, yet there is very little from the narrative that is built upon them, making them feel very unearned. These moments are filled with tension, which usually lead to a staggering scene of violence. Without really any sense of merit, these scenes are obsessive with how violence and carnage is laid out, as they giddily lead to a consequential shootout, but then leave out the sense of consequence, having an almost sadistic tone to them.
Most of the events that take place on screen are usually helmed by the three male leads who are…
Westerns aren't really my thing, but Once Upon a Time in the West is so much more.
The scale of the project is the most noticeable aspect for me. Everything feels big - the story, the tension, the locations, the soundtrack. So much ambition and craft was needed to overcome the bar set by Leone's other masterpiece the Good, the bad and the Ugly. For me, he achieved it. Characters are flushed out and creative, perfectly cast too. The movie avoids cliches throughout, often suggesting it's going down the normal alley then pulls away at the last second. The directing is very creative, not scared to slow down entirely to drag every bit of tension from a scene. Using such…
Once upon a time, I didn't like this film. Who am I?
I think this may be my favorite western of all time.
Quentin Tarantino's favorite films based on the internet pulled from multiple sources.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…