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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 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…
People scare better when they're dying.
So after introducing my old man to The Searchers we got to talking about other classics that he might have missed and that brought us to Once Upon a Time in the West which was surprising since he's been a fan of the Dollars Trilogy (or Man With No Name Trilogy depending on your preference) since I can remember.
So after talking up the film, maybe a bit too much... I always regret building up my favorite films to unattainable expectations and then worry it won't live up to it, but damn I should have known better when it comes to Sergio Leone I had nothing to worry about.
It's not only one…
"Once Upon a Time" is everything I expected in some ways -- a compelling, technical marvel with a slew of interesting character weighted down by its hokiness and length.
I think this film goes to show the importance of longevity when academics decide "the best films of all time." Its influence is overstated and "Once Upon a Time" is good, often great, but many modern film surpass it.
Filled with great performances, striking imagery and unforgettable sequences, Once Upon A Time In The West finds director Sergio Leone at the peak of filmmaking powers, creating arguably the greatest western of all time.
"How can you trust a man that wears both a belt and suspenders? Man can't even trust his own pants."
Epic, mythical, beautiful. Seeing it on the big screen was an amazing experience. Chills.
...and Leone still was not too keen on capitalism, so it seems.
This one definitely grew on me on the movie went on. Once Upon a Time in the West is regarded as one of the all-time greatest westerns to grace the big screen. And such acclaim is well-deserved, as it has some phenomenal acting, exciting action, and great music to accompany the film's character driven epic story. I have to admit I was slightly annoyed with the opening scene, but looking back on it after watching the film, I appreciate its brilliance a bit more. After this opening, it doesn't take long to become engrossed in the story. A family is murdered for no apparent reason just as the beautiful wife of the murdered man appears in a nearby train station.…
Rewatched with Jackson and company at his house.
A list that, if nothing else, proves the day-to-day usefulness of applied statistics.
Between 2015 and 2016, a series of…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…