ENNIO MORRICONE AND THE SCORING OF “ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST”

2020-07-06T19:58:24+01:00July 6th, 2020|CINEMA|

On set, Leone relied for atmosphere upon tapes of Ennio Morricone’s main musical themes, which, this time, had all been written, performed and recorded in advance: ‘Everyone acted with the music, followed its rhythm, and suffered with its “aggravating” qualities, which grind the nerves.’

Once Upon a Time in the West – Review by Wim Wenders

2019-12-06T11:21:48+00:00August 4th, 2019|CINEMA|

I don’t want to see any more Westerns. This one is the very end, the end of a craft. This one is deadly . . . Leone’s film is completely indifferent towards itself. All it shows the unconcerned viewer is the luxury that enabled it to be made

Once upon a Time in the West (1969) – Review by Dave Kehr

2019-12-06T11:23:04+00:00August 3rd, 2018|CINEMA|

In Leone’s hands, capitalism itself becomes a mythic force, as much a part of the landscape (it’s embodied here by the building of a railroad across the desert) as the horses or mountain ranges. In criticizing the myth — in filling in the economic relationships American westerns have skipped over —Leone expands and enriches it, which is what the best criticism does.

SOMETHING TO DO WITH DEATH: A FISTFUL OF SERGIO LEONE – by Richard T. Jameson

2020-07-06T11:34:10+01:00November 30th, 2017|CINEMA|

by Richard T. Jameson Early in 1967. United Artists undertook a massive publicity campaign to sell the country on a recent acquisition that had broken box-office records in its native Italy and might, just might do the same in the States. After all, its inspiration was American—what more American than [...]

THE MAKING OF ‘ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST’

2020-05-06T13:34:19+01:00August 4th, 2016|CINEMA|

Sergio Leone's film Once Upon a Time in the West set out to be the ultimate Western―a celebration of the power of classic Hollywood cinema, a meditation on the making of America and a lament for the decline of one of the most cherished film genres in the form of a "dance of death."