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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…
Another piece of sheer artistic genius from Sergio Leone.
Hypothetically, some kind of maniac locks me up in a room with a bomb I cannot diffuse that will detonate in 3 hours, a good-sized TV, a Blu-Ray player, and two discs. One of the discs is "Rio Bravo", the other one is "Jurassic Park". Having sobbed for a minute over the life I could have had, I decide to spend my last living moments doing something nice. Given the choice at hand, I obviously go for the Spielberg's masterpiece.
In truth, I wouldn't be far off if I assumed that up until recently, no western could even stand a chance in that contest. However, having just seen Sergio Leone's epic "Once Upon a Time in the West", I can now honestly say that it could easily become the last movie I watch before I shuffle off the planet. Moreover, dying to the tune of Charlie Bronson's harmonica would add a fair bit of style to the whole process .
A post-western masterpiece, Leone calls out America for softening the history of the frontier and calls out The Western itself (John Ford?!) for depicting a moral center (John Wayne?!) where one doesn't exist.
A masterfully withered, sweaty, grimacing, epic Western. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST is yet another essential film in Sergio Leone's belt of majesty. Where his earlier films were more "showy" about their excellence though, this film is stellar through a sweepingly subdued confidence. Henry Fonda is much older than Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name: he's also far more ruthless. And man, does Fonda excel at playing ruthless characters. Frank is possibly Leone's closest approximation of a God-figure character, and his freezingly cold blue-eyes and quick draw revolver skills go hand in hand with that. Universally though, the cast is great. The most minor of roles is given the full intent of the actor, with the 'hard' dialogue…
I have a confession to make: I've tried to watch this movie seven times in the past, and every time I fell asleep within the first seventeen minutes.
However, I feel I have redeemed myself by watching it twice in the same day. The last time this happened was with The Red Shoes, a movie that, much like this one, was heavily stylized, visually bursting at the seams, grand in scale, and heavily reliant on speaking through images.
The dialogue is excellent in this movie, but spare. Despite this, this may have the most vividly drawn characters I've seen in any western. This is something Sergio Leone is good at, but clearly doesn't want to spend too much time on;…
'How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? The man can't even trust his own pants.'
Though I would describe The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as the most entertaining and the best of Leone's westerns, and indeed of all his films, Once Upon a Time in the West is the most 'western'. From its lingering opening scene to its dramatic and resonant themes, to its unique, yet familiar characters, it encompasses the genre, and presents something mature, compelling, and with Leone's own stamp. It creates great entertainment out of well-worn tropes - the railroad, the mysterious drifter, the land-owning widow - and with its strong cast forms an impressive and memorable spectacle.
good action movie and first class making..
As a huge fan of Leone's works, I really wanted to love this one, but in the end, I didn't.
The first 60-65 minutes are absolutely fantastic, but after that, it goes steadily downhill. It gets really confusing, messy, tonally inconsistent, and by the end of the third act, I stopped caring altogether, even if it does remain technically well-made throughout.
An unfortunate disappointment.
I didn't like westerns. Then I watched Once Upon a Time in the West.
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