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Once Upon a Time in the West [RSC Film Club 27]


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The category for this month's selection was the Sight and Sound director's poll of the 100 greatest film of all time.  The winning film, chosen by @djw180 and @omarcomin71 placed at number 44 in the last poll from 2012 (the poll is conducted every ten years), Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West.

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This was the first film he made after the incredible The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, the last part of the Dollars trilogy, with this film being the first part of it's own trilogy of loosely connected films, the Once Upon a Time trilogy.  I haven't seen any films from that trilogy so I'll leave it up to Sight and Sound to give a brief introduction and overview of this film.

“Stunningly summarizing the formal and thematic preoccupations of his early work, Leone created a very personal fresco of surpassing scope and grandeur.”
Richard Corliss, Cinema: A Critical Dictionary, 1980

Sergio Leone brought international renown to Italian spaghetti westerns with his violent ‘Dollars’ trilogy. Written in collaboration with Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento, his next film was an epic compendium of borrowed situations from the cowboy films he loved.

Beginning with a bravura, drawn-out prologue in which gunmen await the arrival of the noon train, Once upon a Time is a story of the ruthless advance of the railroad and of the dangerous men, including the mysterious Harmonica (Charles Bronson), caught up in the struggle for power.

Slow, tense showdown sequences are made electrifying by Leone’s distended widescreen compositions and Ennio Morricone’s score, which favours each of the protagonists with their own motif. Henry Fonda plays against type as the rail company’s sadistic gun-for-hire.

I'm incredibly excited to check this out as I'm a huge fan of Leone's other films, and a lot of people call this the best film he ever made.

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djw180

This arrived today. Thought it was just a standard 2nd hand DVD I'd ordered. Actually a bit more and in very good condition.

Not bad for £3.11 including delivery!

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LimeGreenLegend

Nice one @djw180!  I keep considering getting into blu ray collecting but I have nothing to play them on, plus there’ll just be a new, better format in a few years.

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On 2/12/2021 at 1:32 PM, djw180 said:

This arrived today. Thought it was just a standard 2nd hand DVD I'd ordered. Actually a bit more and in very good condition.

Not bad for £3.11 including delivery!

si879pG.jpg

 

 

That’s pretty f*cking sweet, mate! Nice find! 

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On 2/12/2021 at 1:52 PM, LimeGreenLegend said:

Nice one @djw180!  I keep considering getting into blu ray collecting but I have nothing to play them on, plus there’ll just be a new, better format in a few years.

Yes. So not bragging cause that’s not what I’m about, but I do own about 1K DVDs and only 10-15 Blu Rays. I was collecting DVDs when the Blue Ray vs HD DVD war was just getting started, so with some trepidation I chose Blu Rays but held off on buying all my faves and only bought stuff I really had to have and by the time Blue Ray was the clear winner, my father in law got sick with the dementia and that was it for my DVD collecting. I think Slumdog Millionaire might have been the last Blu ray I bought. I look at all the DVDs today and laugh that in another 5-10 years and two more pandemics, everything will be digital, even our f*cking food. 

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On 2/12/2021 at 1:52 PM, LimeGreenLegend said:

Nice one @djw180!  I keep considering getting into blu ray collecting but I have nothing to play them on, plus there’ll just be a new, better format in a few years.

We already have a new format. Nothing.  Just like video games and music. It will never be replaced by anything. 

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3 hours ago, Con said:

Yes. So not bragging cause that’s not what I’m about, but I do own about 1K DVDs and only 10-15 Blu Rays. I was collecting DVDs when the Blue Ray vs HD DVD war was just getting started, so with some trepidation I chose Blu Rays but held off on buying all my faves and only bought stuff I really had to have and by the time Blue Ray was the clear winner, my father in law got sick with the dementia and that was it for my DVD collecting. I think Slumdog Millionaire might have been the last Blu ray I bought. I look at all the DVDs today and laugh that in another 5-10 years and two more pandemics, everything will be digital, even our f*cking food. 

Got rid of all of our DVDs and ways to play them. Still have the blu ray discs for some reason even though we can’t play them. 
 

Since I use Spotify now I’ve been wondering why that giant collection of CDs is still in the living room collecting dust. 

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