Once Upon a Time in West
C’era una volta il West
Μυθοπλασία / Fiction Ιταλία, ΗΠΑ / Italy, USA, 1968, 164′ DCP, Έγχρ. / Color, Με ήχο / Sound Αγγλικά/ in English
Σκηνοθεσία / Direction Sergio Leone Σενάριο / Screenplay Sergio Donati, Sergio Leone Φωτογραφία / Cinematography Tonino Delli Colli Μοντάζ / Editing Nino Baragli Μουσική / Music Ennio Morricone Παραγωγή / Production Bino Cicogna Ηθοποιοί / Cast Claudia Cardinale Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Gabriele Ferzetti Προέλευση ταινίας / Film source Park Circus Αποκατάσταση / Restoration The lm was restored by Film Foundation and Fondazione Cinema per Roma in collaboration with Leone Film Group and Paramount Pictures
It is an anthology of great sequences from the Hollywood Western, lovingly recreated before being turned inside out. The stereotypes include Henry Fonda – cast radically against type – as a blue-eyed sadistic killer, Charles Bronson as the avenger with no name who wears a musical instrument around his neck, Jason Robards as a romantic bandit, and Claudia Cardinale as a prostitute. Once Upon a Time in the West did not perform as well at the box office as Leone’s Dollars Westerns, and in America, following lukewarm previews, it was abridged by more than twenty minutes. It has since been reappraised to the point that critics now rate the movie more highly than any other Leone film. In addition, it has had a lasting impact on the post-1960s generations of Hollywood filmmakers.
Christopher Frayling, Once Upon a Time in Italy: the Westerns of Sergio Leone, 2005