Plus, he looks like he's been seriously wronged at some point in his life, Eastwood doesn't have that quality. Maybe I should listen to more opera or something, I don't know, but that's the way I feel. When you see Claudia Cardinale riding up to the ranch, all you see is her face, but you can tell instantly what she is looking at and everything she's feeling. McBain, who moves from New Orleans to frontier Utah, on the very edge of the American West. But on the same day Jill Claudia Cardinale arrives in town, coming from New Orleans, and when she finds out of the crime she reveals that she married Brett McBain weeks before in New Orleans and therefore the land still had a owner. Synopsis Story of a young woman, Mrs. McBain, who moves from New Orleans to frontier Utah, on the very edge of the American West.
Cheyenne's entrance is also a piece of impressive cinema. Sergio Leone was one of the greatest directors of all time. There's two things that stand out to me always about this movie, and indeed about all of Sergio Leone's movies. So intricately was everything structured that the themes were available to be played on set, so that the actors could co-ordinate every nuance of gesture to fit with the score. It looks really cheesy, and comes close to killing the mood the otherwise extremely strong ending creates.
What Leone tries to show in the story is the end of the Old West, the title shows that perfectly. Leone replaces words with music, and it conveys so much more in return. Often no explanation is given other than than a mere facial expression. She arrives to find her new husband and family slaughtered, but by who? By a slow accretion, the plot reveals itself. Synopsis Story of a young woman, Mrs. Leone sat down with film intellectuals Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento and watched dozens of Hollywood westerns. The close up of his eyes is stunning.
No explanation, no conversation; not a word is said. The Good The Bad and The Ugly might be a tiny bit more entertaining, and Once Upon a Time in America might have a slightly better soundtrack and stronger emotional moments for me, personally , but it's still really hard to find much to complain about here. The result is a tight matching of soundtrack and visuals. Frank was hired by the legged-rail baron Morton Gabrielle Ferzetti to just scare away McBain and his family of their land, because she would be much valued with the advancement of the railroad. Fonda eclipsed every good guy he ever did in one fell swoop, truly chilling. The final shoot-out itself is a masterpiece.
And this one movie was the basis for all my future wish's to have been born a cowboy. Ennio Morricone apparently sat in on the planning stage and had composed the score in toto before shooting began, the reverese of the usual process of fitting music to existing footage. My biggest direct gripe is the way the title pops up at the very end of the film, and rotates in a full circle before it disappears. Leone was without question at his artistic peak when he made this, that's not to say that he went downhill from then on, but I honestly don't think he ever did another film where everything came together so perfectly. It's been around for nearly fifty years, and is widely regarded as not just one the best Spaghetti Westerns of all time, but one of the best Westerns full stop. Streets, bars, buildings and people all have a beat-up, grungy look. I still think that the main theme is one of the most breathtaking pieces of music I have ever heard.
I can't quite find the words to even come close to describing the pure brilliance of this movie. Even the stationmaster is ushered into captivity without a single audible threat. The music score, which had certain pieces and sections for various moods and to signify the main characters, is one of my favorites. You can readily imagine that, had he been born decades earlier and been put in the same situation, he would resolve the problem in much the same way as his character in the movie sometimes I affectionately refer to this movie as Deathwish part 0- could Harmonica be the great granddaddy of Paul Kersey? Without considering the first 10 minutes of the film which is brilliant, putting us in the heat of the scene , but others seem to boring taking the power of narrative and our investment on them. Leone proves in this film that he could seemingly take anyone, even peripheral characters, and give them screen charisma without using dialogue as a crutch. McBain, who moves from New Orleans to frontier Utah, on the very edge of the American West. Instead of words, the camera focuses on the characters.
Whereas other westerns are simply stories that are designed to entertain, this movie is an emotional masterpiece that will move your heart. And it's not hard to see why: an incredible soundtrack, strong performances from the entire main cast, some surprisingly good humour and funny one-liners, a few tense sequences, a well-told story that doesn't rely on excessive dialogue or exposition, and consistently amazing cinematography and direction throughout. It was a genuine effort to portray 'Americanism', the American Way, along with a romanticised view of the west as 'Frontier country' where good always triumphed over bad and where the life was hard but honest. If your a film lover you can't fail but admire this film. Thank god that I'm a Bronson fan. And that originally came in the time of the advance of the railways, and the grand corruption and death that she brought to the population. He is accompanied by Harmonica on his quest to get even.
I was wrong, I was 14 yrs old when I went to the local movie house to see this movie in 1969. He is accompanied by Harmonica, a man already on a quest to get even. With this movie, Sergio Leone singlehandedly redefined the western genre and no American western would ever match the brilliant spirit in which it was made. I'll never forget how engrossed I was from beginning to end. It starts with the three gunman in the beginning of the movie, waiting for some reason at a train station for someone or something that obviously is going to be on the next train. He is accompanied by Harmonica on his quest to get even.
Who needs words and explanations when the combined forces of cinematic mastery and heart-tearing music are not just able to carry the story, but pick it up and push it up to such heights of excellence that it has no equal in it's genre? It affects me deeply whenever I hear it, regardless of the mood I'm in. Well, not quite in my opinion , but I understand why people praise him as such. And Cardinale is more than just incredible window dressing; she switches between passionate, angry, delicate and sentimental at all the right moments. Eastwood always does these layered personalities, with some kind of mental baggage. No superheroes or supercriminals, just real, desire-laden, traumatised, obsessed people that act upon motives inherently understood by the viewer. While we're on complaints, another minor one would be that I want to say the film feels a little too long- maybe about 10 to 15 minutes.
Everything about this movie impressed me one way or the other. My grandmother took me, she had always been a huge fan of Henry Fonda's, and even though she didn't care for western's, she dragged me to this one. From this saturation-viewing emerged a 300-page treatment which was eventually distilled into the script, penned by Leone and Sergio Donati. And the individual character themes are just so well integrated into the film, it's unbelievable. She arrives to find her new husband and family slaughtered, but by who? He is accompanied by Harmonica, a man already on a quest to get even. How I wish they still made movies like this I thought I knew westerns, I'd seen John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Glen Ford, Audie Murphy, Richard Widmark, Alan Ladd, all of them save the day many times.