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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…
"There were no dollars in them days."
All of Sergio Leone's westerns have been about the arrival of capitalism (both to the historical American West and to then-contemporary 1960's Italy), but Once Upon a Time in the West takes a slightly more specific perspective. Instead of looking at the (monetary) value of life, it uses the symbol of the cowboy to chart how the arrival of capital and industry parallels the decline of traditional male heroism. Industrialization causes heroic masculinity to defensively over-inflate and begin to collapse in on itself. The film takes this macho war hero whose glory days are behind him and shows how society is moving forward without him. Removed from the spotlight, this symbolic centerpiece is…
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…
Ah. So that's about as good as it gets, huh?
Like all Leone flicks it takes forever to get going. But once it gets going it's so much better than his other westerns. The title at the end of the movie is hideous though.
La muerte del Salvaje Oeste en una cinta de dos horas y media perfectamente orquestada. Grande, Leone.
La muerte del western, Leone rompe completamente con su estilo para dejarnos dos horas y media de obra maestra. Personajes moribundos pertenecientes al Oeste de leyenda que niegan la llegada de un mundo nuevo y prefieren sucumbir con el antiguo.
Why this hasn't yet been re-made with kids and chimps is, frankly, beyond me.
Impeccable craftsmanship in every aspect (except some of the dubbing). At times it almost looks as if Leone is challenging himself to see how long he can stretch a scene and the results, which seem designed to test our patience, enthrall us instead.
Leone's masterpiece in the western genre. The train arrives, a few men are waiting, and waiting, and waiting. Only Leone could get away with a scene that goes on this long. And what a great opening it is. Then the train arrives and that's were the movie really starts of. Leone never let's up as we are treated to another fantastic scene at the McBain farm. And the movie holds on to that high level. Scene after scene. And when you think this movie almost didn't get made. Leone didn't want to make another western because he wanted to do his epic Once Upon a time in America. That movie got postponed for this great epic. You couldn't imagine this…
"There were three men in her life. One to take her... One to love her... And one to kill her."
A few weeks ago, I called THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY Sergio Leone's masterpiece.
I might've been wrong... sort of.
It's evident from the first frame that ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST is the work of a master filmmaker at the height of his prowess. The film opens with not one, not two, but three sequences that are all-timers, not just of the western genre, but all of cinema. The fact that Leone was able to do this after accomplishing a similar feat with TGTBTU not only cements his reputation as a director, but the differences…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…