"Once in the Wild West (1968)" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

It says Sergio Leone westerns closed the topic, and all captured later, does not carry the world is nothing new. It is said that its impact on the film industry is so large that almost all methods eventually became maestro stylistic clichés. About him all talk a lot and love, because Leone is not only swung at a seemingly national an alien genre, but drove him to emotionally meaningful and aesthetic perfection and, after only a few films, has become a living classic, inspiring countless imitations and quotes. Perhaps the secret to the special natural propensity of Italians who have grown up surrounded by evidence of a great history, a great culture, and other great beauty, to the brooding platonianstvu contemplative life. And, perhaps, the reason is the biography of the director, whose childhood coincided with the famine years of Mussolini; and Western (with the prefix "spaghetti" or not) has become a magic tool, which gives the right to administer justice on-screen with their own hands, rather than relying on the slowness of soulless system and going out to fight against evil, so to speak, one by one. "Once Upon a Time in the West", the fourth band in the director's filmography, was the quintessential creative style master skillfully outputting the narrative from the framework of a particular history in mythical timeless dimension, where beautiful women protect stern men, where murderers are judged not by the law, and on the right, where revenge served cold, but deliver hot shot right under the heart
«I guess I look like a blown up with dynamite the quarry." - once said, Charles Bronson, and was, in general, right. Here, all the characters as if carved from different breeds, who from weathered reddish sandstone, which of coarse-grained granite, and this unity is the still desert landscape with the actor's rolling stock gives painting and visual integrity, and additional colors to the plot, where the expressive silence in strength superior to other monologues. Michelangelo sort by movies, Leone piece molds from human material almost sculptural group of images, so as to execute a complete extent colorful composition. And habitually denies the traditional dualism of classical vesternovoy tradition, replacing the characters entirely positive on is not Holy Trinity, consisting of relative good (Bronson), the relative evil (Robards) and absolute (the Fund), the evil, with the emphasis on the fact that in nature there is no one ruthless man with serious business ambitions. And then comes in the mysterious magic of the genre, it is only a western, devoid of the noisy background of civilization as the stuffy world of conventions and rules, offering instead a pure dramatic field in which fighting is not character types, and entirely raised to the power of individuality, each with its own conception of honor, conscience and other life values. The principle of exceptional heroism of the hero does not destroy even the presence of the ladies on the ship, because such a lethal dose of testosterone sensitive motivating estrogen only benefit.
Wild West savage only for foreigners but for Americans it is simply the Old West, a symbol of troubled epoch of land development, a hard period and what must be confessed, ill. This is the historical truth, and in this respect Leone largely honest its overseas fellow directors, although everyone is blamed (or praised) director for the aestheticization of violence, which in his paintings was unprecedented for a lot of the mid-twentieth century. The peculiarity is that his images are not only bad and evil, but also good, in any case, do not carry a universal morality, their goals are local, and means any: tools in good and evil, in fact, one and the same the difference is only in the motives. But "One day ..." in a sense, a software product, because the main message across - not so much in the inevitability of punishment, as the inevitability of economic expansion in the wild Western land temporarily; and this process is not subject to personal will. Let behind a lone avenger with a straight face, no one formally, but that he is defending the widow of an unexpected inheritance, brings with it the truth of progress, burning like a motor pairs, red-hot, as the rails under the red sun of the desert. And this, new, newly built world is no place for the old heroes nor their beautiful heroism, because the civilization they simply do not need. The historicity of the moment emphasizes music, viscous, dense, enveloping - and the space expands to epic proportions, and the moment is not pressed in the centuries and into eternity. Eternity expectations shot or train waiting.
final picture sounds life-affirming anthem, because what could be more reassuring than the sight of buxom beauties carrying water tired, dusty, hard workers, and at the same time embodies the fertile and the beginning of this issushonnoy, undeveloped (yet) of land. "Once Upon a Time in the West" - a great movie about a legitimate change of age: the era of Titans single and strong characters coming to an end, there comes a century totem business idols and smaller characters. The train arrived at the station, westerns topic is closed.

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