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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.
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
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…
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…
I watched this before I went out for a few drinks. Before I left I immediately whacked some serious Morricone onto my phone and pretended I was a badass cowboy as I swaggered into town with the score for this in my ears. I was that blown away by this.
Apparently, Sergio Leone adopted a magpie approach to the making of this film. Once Upon a Time in the West is made up of bits and pieces that reference many of the genre's classics. I'm not an authority on the Western by any means so it would take someone much more well-versed to spot them. To my untrained eye this is a panoramic work of art that absolutely works in…
Everything about Leone's magnum opus is completely sublime.
From Henry Fonda being perfectly cast against type as the villain, to Charles Bronson's perfectly played "mysterious stranger,' to Claudia Cardinale's strong-willed female role - all the acting is subtly excellent. The cinematography is grandiose and alluring, seting the a distinct tone - especially in the incredible 10 minute opening sequence at the train station. That is the most on-the-nose mood setter I've seen in a quite a while. The music is insanely good. The iconic riffs blended with the chronic harmonica tune makes for a perfect accompaniment to the visuals.
The story unites two distinct tales - one of revenge, and one of greed - and reveals its progression slowly, and methodically through memorable encounters and stunningly photographed violence. It's the epitome of western storytelling. Everything in the film just feels superb, and gives the exhilarating feel that one gets when watching a true masterpiece. And that's what it is.
an odd western that is at once such a prototypical western that, as my friend reuben put it, it "strains western conceits to the absolute limit of credulity." but on the other hand it creates a western universe in which a female perspective is our window into it. the first probably forty minutes of the film contain, more or less, four scenes -- each one existing to introduce us to one of the four main characters. the first one introduces harmonica, and is often lauded as the best scene in the movie. i find it hard to argue. the way it combines spacing and familiarity of location with intricate sound design that can jump from shot to shot without ever…
I remember discovering 'A fistful of dollars' at my local blockbuster on the first day of a lonely, long weekend. I ate it up, and went back the next day for 'For a few dollars more' and was hooked. The wide shots, Eastwood's super cool Man with No Name, the wet-eyed Gian Maria Volante, Morricone's quirky yet rousing score and oh the melodrama. When it came to 'The Good, the Bad & The Ugly' I was left a little empty. Yes, it was great, but the greatest western of all time?? It was over long, and had far too little action to take that mantle for my liking.
So I went down to my local library and typed Sergio Leone into…
A pitch perfect western that never gets old, Sergio Leone's 1968 classic is an epic that everyone should see at least twice. Ennio Morricone's score is terrific. The acting is great. The story is riveting. And Leone's direction is as fantastic as always. I love it now and always will. One of my all time favorites. Here's an old review I wrote of it. whitsmovies.blogspot.com/2014/02/once-upon-time-in-west-review.html
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
My favorite film of all time. Everything from the cinematography, sound editing, directing, acting to that AMAZING score composed by Ennio Moirricone is perfection.
And the ending is beyond epic, a must watch for all!
Gross sexism, sentimentalized big capital, bad humor, most overbearing use of Morricone's most overrated soundtrack -- in short the culmination of all of Leone's worst operatic tendencies in one film, with very few saving graces.
Jason Robards is still great and lifts this movie up practically by himself (coincidentally his theme music is miles better than the rest of the soundtrack), even though his line to Claudia Cardinale about letting the railroad men pat her on the butt is the movie's misogynist cover version of "Peace, Love & Understanding."
The opening is as goofy and ridiculous as I'd remembered, taking the introductory narrative device from Good, Bad & Ugly and improving upon it in every way. Too bad that the movie loses…
"Do you know anything about a guy going around playing the harmonica?"
I was on a train and had three hours to kill, what better way to do it than watching a (nearly) three hour masterpiece? I've used April to explore the western genre, so I think I subconsciously knew I was gonna revisit it sometime this month, even though I didn't include it on my Western April list.
It starts off with an amazingly executed opening scene, which really sets the tone for the rest of the film. Leone's sense for details are more evident than ever in that scene, it's just three men waiting at a train station for fifteen minutes but the way he's managed to…
The Quintessential Western, it distils the violent, ugliest parts of the past in spaghetti westerns, mixes in Fordian Myths, and adds revisionist insight and hope for the future.
It remains the best roles that everyone who is in this film has ever committed, from Henry Ford's psychotic (and highly quotable) Frank, Charles Brosnan's steely cool gunman Harmonica, and an existential comedic performance by Jason Robards.
While the west is sadly being tamed by train companies and society's grip, the melancholy of its gruff outlaws, suffering under the weight of dying legends, allows its central figure Jill McBain (Claudia Cardinale) to rise from lowly prostitute to Mayor of Sweetwater, as a true American figure of hope.
The greatest western ever made.
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