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Once Upon a Time in the West
28 January 2012
Excerpt: A few years ago on a weekend of a hot June summer, I was working the entire day of an Irish Fair, so far the only year in the few years that it has been run that both days of it were sunny. As I had come back from working, I had noticed the widescreen debut of a western classic coming onto one of the classic movie channels. From the moment it started with its long title sequence, it was a true channel locker.
Excerpt: Sergio Leone, one of the greatest filmmakers ever to come out of Italy, had a sparse but rich output of material in the seven films that he made. It would certainly be a tough task for any follower of his work to pick a favorite.
Excerpt: Before Once Upon a Time in the West arrived for review, I just happened to be checking out IMDb's Top 250. I was surprised to find OUATITW on the list at No. 20, with The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as the only Western higher on the list (at No. 4). I certainly don't begrudge the film its place on the list, but that does put it higher in viewers' esteem than Stagecoach , The Searchers , The Wild Bunch , or Unforgiven .
Conclusion: Once Upon a Time in the West is about as good as cinema gets. Leone's penultimate Western ranks right up there with The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as a tremendous achievement that excels in story, character, and technical magnificence. If you find that classic Westerns like High Noon and The Searchers don't do it for you or that you don't enjoy the films of the transitional 1960s as much as more modern fare, give this movie a look and see if it doesn't challenge such...
Summary: For a film that Leone really didn’t want to do, it has become somewhat of a classic even though it never did well commercially. It’s the kind of film that other directors and insiders tend to like. It shows up in movie classes all the time. Now you have a chance to see it like it has never been seen before. It’s worth the effort if you can find the patience. That patience will be greatly rewarded. Sergio left us with some wonderful characters and iconic images.
Conclusion: Celebrated as the finest — if not the greatest — western ever filmed, Sergio Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in the West' is a beautifully rhythmic masterpiece about the introduction of industry and technology signaling the end of the mythic west and the gunslingers of romantic lore. The classic epic stars some of the most memorable performances from Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda and features one of Ennio Morricone's best musical scores.
Conclusion: Once Upon A Time In The West is a masterpiece of a film. It deserves its place as one of the greatest western films of all time. Every scene, shot, and performance is amazing and filled with power. I know Father’s Day is coming up, so all of you wondering what you should get pops need not stop anywhere else. Even if you’re a casual observer of westerns or film itself should give Once Upon A Time In The West a shot.
Excerpt: The Film Not all westerns are forged from the same piece of steel (especially some of the more recent titles from Hollywood which were forged out of a material known as wuss) and even spaghetti western director Sergio Leone made the occasional piece of road kill. While best known for his Man with No Name trilogy that made an international star out of Clint Eastwood, Leone followed up on the success of those three films with a Hollywood production that crashed and burned...
Pros: Actors: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, Claudia Cardinale, Jack Elam, Woody Strode, Lionel Stander, Director: Sergio Leone, Format: Widescreen, Dubbed, Subtitled, Video Codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Video Resolution: 1080p/24, Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, Audio Codec: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby Digital Mono, French Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital Mono, Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Number of Discs: 1, Region: Region Free, Rated: PG-13 (thea...