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#497. Once Upon a Time in the West (C'era una volta il west)

  • Year: 1968
  • Country: USA
  • Language: Italian
  • Production: Paramount, 165m
  • Director: Sergio Leone
  • Producer: Fulvio Mosella, Bino Cicogna
  • Screenplay: Sergio Donati, Sergio Leone
  • Photography: Tonino Delli Colli
  • Music: Ennio Morricone
  • Cast: Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson

Abridged Book Description

Once Upon a Time in the West is the first Leone film to place violence in a truly political context, indicting the corrupt (and crippled) railroad tycoon who "leaves two shiny, slimy tracks like a snail" as he bulldozes across the landscape, employing outlaw flunkies to dispose of inconvenient settlers who won't unsettle easily... With striking widescreen compositions and epic running time, this is truly a Western that wins points for both length and width.