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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…
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 film and 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 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…
Slow, and deliberate maybe not as much fun as the man with no name trilogy, but a scope that is epic and an achievement in cinema
I'll call this an artsy spaghetti western. A slow story but an excellent one. Henry Fonda as a bad/evil villain is a nice change for him. Robards and Bronson are awesome and Claudia Cardinale is beautiful and tough. Woody Strode and Jack Elam are in the opening scene which is slowly developed but finishes fast. A number of other great stars make this a fun watch. Music is weird as it does not always seem to fit the scenes.
É bom. Só achei que a gaita do "Gaita" tocava alto demais, parecia uma orquestra.
"There were no dollars back then."
"But sons of bitches, yeah."
Definitely a slow burn, but the excellent cinematography, dialogue, and story make it worth it. The soundtrack is also fantastic and brings everything together.
Sergio Leone's first saga of his ONCE UPON A TIME trilogy after competing THE DOLLARS trilogy. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST is as good as his classic Spagetti Western predecessors if it is not better. Mustering three Hollywood toughies Bronson, Fonda and Robards, the film evidently echoes the pattern of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966, 8/10), although Bronson is a perfect specimen embodies both the Ugly and the Good, and for the first time Sergio deploys a woman, the Mediterranean beauty Cardinale to be a pivot among these three, contrives an interwoven plot with vengeance, duel, murder, vice as well as the righteous side of the Western ideology: masculinity, integrity, fraternity and chivalry.
Stylish as hell get out, a joy to look at and filled with memorable characters and performances.
I just...can't get in to very many Westerns. Even ones as masterfully done as this one. It's my one blind spot as far as cinema goes. I'm not proud of it.
Amazing cinematography master class in westerns by Tonino Delli Colli. Fun story.
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