Once in a lifetime movie
5 October, 2013
Very rarely, and sometimes, there is a movie that redefines movie making. This is that movie.
Leone wanted to create THE western. He in fact does. From the opening scene, which sets the pace, this movie has scenes which have been copied over and over in movies. The soundtrack from Morricone is eerie, and haunts you at every step. every character has a separate sound and that is just how perfect this movie is.
The characters are so well created, and as well acted out. Charles Bronson is sublime, and his harmonica pretty much steal the show on most occasions. Claudia Cardinale oozes oomph, and Jason Robards is evil and nasty. The man who really shocks and awes is Henry Fonda. I'd watched him in Grapes of wrath, and the transformation is one to watch for.
Leone wanted to make a Western which had action, was no holds barred in its violence, and had great photography. He nailed it. If you want to know why you should buy this, buy it for the first 10 minutes. No other movie can ever compare to what Leone does in the first 10 minutes, and I don't think anyone ever will. This was a watershed moment for movies.
The BEST western of all time any way you look at it. If you haven't watched this, you haven't the slightest clue of how a Western can transcend into art form.
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