in about 100 words or less
Italy/US/Spain, 166m, Colour
Director: Sergio Leone; Cast: Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Gabriele Ferzetti, Frank Wolff, Paolo Stoppa, Marco Zuanelli, Keenan Wynn, Lionel Stander, Woody Strode, Jack Elam
Perhaps Leone’s finest “Spaghetti Western”, Once Upon a Time in the West is a meticulously detailed and gorgeously shot and scored epic feature film. Cast as a sadistic villain, Henry Fonda’s character is the antithesis of the hero persona that he had cultivated for decades in numerous Hollywood productions. This is a deeply nostalgic film in which Leone pays homage to the Western genre at every turn, while maintaining his trade-mark style of film making (Klaus Ming September 2016).