KING LEAR: What art thou?
KENT A very honest-hearted fellow, and as poor as the king.
KING LEAR If thou be as poor for a subject as he is for a
king, thou art poor enough. What wouldst thou?
KING LEAR Who wouldst thou serve?
KING LEAR Dost thou know me, fellow?
KENT No, sir; but you have that in your countenance
which I would fain call master.
KING LEAR What's that?
Thanks to the The Story of Film I finally broke down and watched Once Upon a Time in the West for the first time. It’s probably the best western ever made? I mean, it is just every concept and idea from the American Western Canon smashed together and toyed with by a very competent and capable filmmaker. And while I am familiar with the canon pretty well, I wouldn’t say I am a intense student of it. This certainly was…
Sunday was Fellini’s birthday (and David Lynch’s), so I thought I owed it to myself to finally watch this, after owning it for oh… 8 years? Let’s call it 8 1/2 years (I hate myself.)
This movie is delightful, I could probably watch Mastroianni tap-dance and whistle Figaro and day dream about Claudia forever. While Guido certainly is the protagonist, and clearly auto-biographical for Fellini, I’m never sure we are meant to completely sympathize with him, and probably how Fellini…