Thursday, December 26, 2013

1968 - ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST


Haven't seen this one in a very long time.  My latest viewing of Once Upon a Time in the West reminds me that this is a great film and a really long film.

Critics talk about how Sergio Leone is the master of wide screen composition and the close up, can't argue with that.  Leone also has a sense of humor, casting Henry Fonda as a real bad guy and loading the film up with cameos from American western actors like Jack Elam, Keenan Wynn, Lionel Standler and Woody Strode.  Strode said in an interview that Leone was the only director who gave him a lot of closeups in a film. 


Ennio Morricone wrote a fairly sparse score which consisted of about 3-4 themes which are repeated throughout the film it's very effective.  The principal leads with exception of Claudia Cardinale were American they were all very good, particularly Charles Bronson as a kind of crazed revenge seeking gunman.

Lots of good stuff in this film however the chief complaint would be the length of this film.  The film could probably have done with a few less expansive crane shots.

166 minutes

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