Once Upon a Time in the West ★★★★★

Simply masterful. As impeccably crafted as Leone's other western masterpiece, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but to an altogether different effect.

I'm amazed by how fast time passes in this nearly 3-hour epic. The way in which Leone (and Morricone) stretch and pull time for meditative tension reaches impossibly transcendent heights by the film's bittersweet conclusion.

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