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Once Upon a time in the West (1968)

Once Upon a time in the West / C’era una volta il West (1968)
English | 2:38 | DX50 Codec 720×304 | 25 fps | 1.45 Gig
Genre: Western, Classic | 16 parts

There were three men in her life. One to take her… one to love her… and one to kill her.

Quite simply, one of the greatest westerns ever made.

I stumbled upon this late last night, after returning from the titty bar, on some shitty movie channel that only seems to show retarded movies starring Tom Hanks or Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler.

Instead they were showing this stone cold timeless classic!

I had to double check that I was not drunk and hallucinating! Of course I was drunk, but gladly not hallucinating!

He’s whittlin’ on a piece of wood. I’ve got a feeling when he stops whittlin’… Somethin’s gonna happen.

It’d been about 5 years since I last saw it. But I must’ve seen it now a dozen times or more and each time is a pure joy!

So, why is this a stone cold timeless classic?

Maybe it’s the wonderful operatic direction by Sergio Leone who transformed the entire western genre with his Dollars trilogy and then this.

Or perhaps, it’s the marvellous script, co-written by Leone with two writers who would become magnificent directors themselves, Dario Argento and Bernardo Bertolucci.

Do you know anything about a guy going around playing the harmonica? He’s someone you’d remember. Instead of talking, he plays. And when he plays, you better talk.

Then again, maybe it’s the sublime acting from Charles Bronson, Jason Robards and Henry Fonda – here cast totally against type as the nastiest villain since Satan (another fictional character – from some Jewish book, as far as I know!).

Perhaps it’s Claudia Cardinale – surely the sexiest actress ever (and a supremely talented one, also) – sizzling through the screen.

Maybe it’s the moments of greatness provided by amazing character actors such as Woody Strode, Jack Elam, Lionel Stander et al.

Oh, and of course, maybe it’s the the unforgettable score – which actually plays a very important role in the plot -composed by the Maestro himself, Ennio Morricone.

Or perhaps it’s the sublime photography by Tonino Delli Colli which captures the wildness of the wildest of wild wests, where this majestic tale gets played out.

You know, Jill, you remind me of my mother. She was the biggest whore in Alameda and the finest woman that ever lived. Whoever my father was, for an hour or for a month – he must have been a happy man.

So, what does make this a stone cold timeless classic? Well, every fucking perfect thing!!

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August 20, 2008 Posted by | Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Ennio Morricone, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, OTHER_CINEMA, Sergio Leone | Leave a comment