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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…
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…
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…
How do you give a movie six-stars on Letterboxd?
One of, if not,THE greatest, most engaging, most entertaining westerns of all time. Grouped with amazing performances, writing and direction. It is amazingly shot, with a fantastic atmosphere. Because of this even while slow in many parts it never loses momentum. I've had this on Blu Ray for 4 months, I have no idea why it took me so long to see it but I'm glad I finally did.
Film 11/30 - Scavenger Hunt, November 2015
23. A film where the title begins with "Once Upon A Time In..."
Finally got around to watching Sergio Leone's final western - which is surprising considering The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is my favourite film of all time. This was kind of a problem as I repeatedly compared it to the perfection of the Dollars trilogy which sadly did not live up to, but that's like saying this gold bar wasn't as shiny as that one.
So lets get to the point Once Upon a Time in the West is a brilliantly crafted piece of cinema. The cinematography is beautiful to look at and surprise surprise is very much alike…
Had a chance to see this in 35mm and boy, was it worth it. The opening sequence both sets the pace and the setting, as well as having a bit of fun to offset the building tension. Henry Fonda delivers one of his best and most shockingly gritty performances on screen.
Amazing Leone climax as usual, but I think the movie's sum of parts is greater than the final product. Great scenes and direction throughout, but I think the film is a little too big (so many subplots) for it's own good.
Once Upon A Time in the West is a three star ninety minute film, languidly paced to a five star one-hundred and sixty minute film. It is one of the few films I can think of that gets better the longer it lingers on a scene. Sergio Leone mastery with pace and tension makes the film an absolutely mesmerising watch, while Ennio Morricone’s singular thematic soundtrack is one of the best. Morricone’s themes make clear who is one screen, and the interplay that is about to occur.
The film is practically a parody, a Western parody, that works so successfully due to the overwhelming design. It is not remotely realistic, but is simply playing with conventions; Henry Fonda playing against…
Film # 19 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 8" Challenge
Task # 23: A film where the title begins with "Once Upon A Time In..."
Sergio Leone actually didn’t want to make westerns anymore, after finishing his ‘Dollars’ trilogy, but he would only be financed if he would make yet another one. He took the offer and made “Once Upon a Time in the West”.
“Once Upon a Time in the West” is the so called love letter to westerns, probably the first movie you think of in that genre. It’s a violent metamovie that has both an interesting and emotional story.
The film is an audio visual masterpiece. Sometimes scenes take (or seem to take) a long…
I read a review earlier this year of John Maclean's debutant feature Slow West in which one critic compared the rhythmic flow of the stereotypical plot machinations of the genre to the pace of music, something I didn't understand at the time, in spite of how terrifically well captured Maclean's film was.
Watching this film made me understand what that statement meant.
The visuals, grand and wonderfully choreographed and composed as they are, almost take second place besides the soundtrack here: the addition or removal of certain atmospheric foley (a technique later utilised by Steven Spielberg in arguably some of the most captivating sequences in Close Encounters of the Third Kind) goes hand in hand with Ennio Morricone's tensely reverberating…
En el Oeste la vida es dura para el hombre. Para la mujer es dura y luego aparte de eso es una puta mierda también.
Podría intentar explicar lo pausado y bonito que es todo, la excelente atmósfera que crea alternando silencios excelentes con una banda sonora mejor que todo lo que ha hecho Morricone en el resto de su vida. Pero para qué, si no me vais a creer hasta que lo veáis. Hasta Bronson está bien.
Finally I've seen this Classic. Henry Fonda is a real psychopath, what a creepy son of a bitch. But I have to say, as much as I liked this one, the top spot still takes "The Good, The Bad..."
The sets are awesome. The interiors are so especially well made. I liked the lighting and the attention to detail.
There are many. The famous opening of course, the introduction of Cheyenne or the climax. All excellent scenes.
Yes, a true classic.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…