Once Upon a Time in the West at Aero This Saturday

Don’t even argue with me: Sergio Leone‘s Once Upon a Time in the West is the best film ever made. Leone got together with fellow Italian filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento, studied some of the greatest Westerns (High Noon, The Searchers, etc.), including their locations and iconic shots, and came up with a film that is simultaneously a parody of and loving homage to the Western genre. You’ll see things that are subconsciously familiar, like dusters and Monument Valley, and things that are deliciously unfamiliar, like Henry Fonda as one of the meanest villains ever to grace the screen.

And hopefully you’ll see it all this Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, as part of the American Cinematheque film series. Of course, that part about Once Upon a Time being the greatest film ever made is subjective, but don’t seriously call yourself a movie lover or film buff until you’ve seen this classic.

3 Replies to “Once Upon a Time in the West at Aero This Saturday”

    1. @Gabriele, the film you’re referring to is a different film. That’s Leone’s much later Once Upon a Time in America, a gangster film starring Robert DeNiro & James Woods and taking place in New York City. It’s also a masterpiece, and Leone reportedly considered both films part of trilogy, along with the lesser-known Duck, You Sucker, about “three historical periods which toughened America.”

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