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“Henry Fonda as a cold hearted son-of-a-bitch. Charles Bronson pretending to play the harmonica. Jason Robards as Cheyenne. Oh, and did I mention Claudia Cardinale is in there?”
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Once Upon a Time in the West
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The so-called spaghetti Western achieved its apotheosis inSergio Leone's magnificently mythic (and utterly outlandish)Once upon a Time in the West. After a series of international hits starring Clint Eastwood (fromA Fistful of DollarstoThe Good, The Bad, and The Ugly), Leone outdid himself with this spectacular, larger-than-life, horse-operatic epic about how the West was won. (And make no mistake: this is the wide,wideWest, folks--so the widescreen/letterboxed version is strongly recommended.) The unholy trinity of Italian cinema--Leone, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Dario Argento--concocted the story about a woman (Claudia Cardinale) hanging onto her land in hopes that the transcontinental railroad would reach her before a steely-eyed, black-hearted killer (Fonda) does. (The film's advertising slogan was: "There were three men in her life. One to take her ... one to love her ... and one to kill her.") Meanwhile, Leone shoots his stars' faces as if they were expansive Western landscapes, and their towering bodies as if they were looming rock formations in John Ford's Monument Valley.--Jim Emerson
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Director: Sergio Leone
Genre: Western
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
Runtime: 175 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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