"Once Upon a Time in the West was the movie that made me consider filmmaking."–Quentin Tarantino
Sergio Leone's film Once Upon a Time in the Westset out to be the ultimate Western―a celebration of the power of classic Hollywood cinema, a meditation on the making of America and a lament for the decline of one of the most cherished film genres in the form of a "dance of death." With this film, Leone said a fond farewell to the noisy and flamboyant world of the Italian Western, which he had created with A Fistful of Dollars and sequels , and aimed for something much more ambitious―an exploration of the relationship between myth ("Once Upon a Time..."), history ("...in the West") and his own autobiography as an avid film-goer. This would be a horse opera in which the arias aren't sung, they are stared.
Once Upon a Time has since inspired several generations of filmmakers worldwide. Its combination of "film about film" with an angry historical epic, told with great style, has resonated for half a century, and its reputation has steadily grown. This book, by the world-renowned authority on Sergio Leone, Christopher Frayling, includes revealing personal interviews with all the key players involved in the movie (in front of the camera and behind it) a wealth of never-before-published documents, designs and photographs, and the latest research into the making of a masterpiece, shot by shot. It is introduced with a foreword by Quentin Tarantino. This year is the 50th anniversary of Once Upon a Time in the West and this richly illustrated book is a suitably spectacular birthday tribute.
For a film that turned 50 this year, its hard to imagine a better birthday gift than this superb book...it all adds up to a remarkably thorough exploration of both the production and the man who masterminded it...This is the definitive account of the making and legacy of Leone's epic. Highly recommended. (Anton Van Beek Home Cinema Choice)
A massive and gorgeous book about Sergio Leone's landmark Spaghetti Western. (Matthew Sweet BBC Radio 3 'Free Thinking')
A beautiful, handsome tome as beautiful in pictures as it is in prose. (Jason Solomons BBC Radio London)
This sumptuously produced book is both a fine tribute to Sergio Leone's 1968 masterpiece and an insightful look at how a piece of cinema can gather an almost mythic reputation in the half-century since it was produced...[The text is] scrupulously researched and consistently surprising. (Alexander Larman The Observer)
- Publisher : Reel Art Press (May 21, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1909526339
- ISBN-13 : 978-1909526334
- Item Weight : 4.75 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.92 x 1.42 x 11.61 inches
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