Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Still The Greatest Western Ever Made, 40 Yrs Later

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Sergio Leone may have pioneered the spaghetti western with his "Dollar Trilogy," but the Italian director's true masterpiece is the dark, star-studded Once Upon a Time in the West. The story of love and violence on the American frontier successfully balances an epic-poetic scope with the formulaic conventions of pulp subgenre. West is complemented by Ennio Morricone's haunting score and script assistance by latter-day scandal-maker Bernardo Bertolucci and would-be horror maestro Dario Argento (both were mere film critics when they worked on the project). Four decades on, the film is a testament to the genre's rugged durability and the enduring allure of its symbolism.
-Chelsea Bauch

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Currently playing daily in Chicago at
Music Box Theatre (3733 N Southport Ave) $9.25
Call for showtimes
773.871.6604 Dec5 thru 11, 2008

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