Once Upon A Time In The West Film Analysis

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Although a flop during commercial release in the US in its day, Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West is now generally acknowledged as a masterpiece and one of the greatest films ever made, regardless of genre. What made me select it for this assignment is the haunting sound of the harmonica in one of its key scenes, sheer brilliance in blending the visual and the auditory into one of the most poignant moments in movie history.
Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 spaghetti western film. It was directed by Sergio Leone for Paramount Pictures starring Henry Fonda as the villain, Charles Bronson as his nemesis, Jason Robards as a bandit, and Claudia Cardinale as a newly widowed pioneer . The screenplay was by Leone and Sergio Donati, from a story devised by Leone, Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento.
The music was written by composer Ennio Morricone, who wrote the score under Leone's active
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As an added bonus, Leone took into account the music’s tempo to adjust the movements of the camera as well. Leone’s vision was not in making an intellectual statement, even if there were deeper meanings in this offering. The intent was to use the music as another palette to “describe” and “enhance” the visual aspect of the movie. He wanted to be able to see the movie "eyes shut".
In Once Upon a Time in the West, Leone changed his approach over his earlier westerns where he used a fast, up-tempo pace, celebratory but quirky parody of the icons of the Wild West, like John Ford. This film is significantly slower in pace and darker in its dealings. The score emphasizes this approach throughout the movie because he wanted the music to be an important part of it; he kept the scenes longer because he did not want the music to end. According to Morricone, this explains why the films ended up being so

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