Monthly Archives: September 2012

Once Upon A Time In The West

Films added to Rating the Eurowesterns pages will generally include a few comments about each. As they are added, I will post these comments to the main blog page along with other content. Below is my rating and comments about the Sergio Leone’s masterpiece, Once Upon A Time In The West.

10 of 10:

Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone, 1968)

Once Upon A Time In The West is not only the stunning Eurowestern, but it can be viewed as the culmination of the Western genre across all mediums including film, radio, television, and literature. I won’t say too much about the movie but instead will refer you to Christopher Frayling’s great book about Sergio Leone and his films, Something To Do With Death. Using the sweeping, epic style of John Ford, Leone made a metawestern combining the inverted elements from dozens of classic Hollywood westerns. In the sense, this is a movie about movies, a Western about Westerns, or a myth about the making of myths. Few films have ever woven together music and images so flawlessly. It is a masterpiece of cinematic rhetoric and form.

It is interesting to note that The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (GBU) tends to slightly edge out Once Upon A Time In The West in IMDb’s ratings and in the Spaghetti Western Database’s Top 20. Of the two movies, GBU is better loved.



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New Page Added

I have just completed the page describing the criteria I use to rate Eurowesterns: Rating the Eurowesterns: What the Ratings Mean. Check it out!

Coming Soon! Rating the Eurowesterns: 9.25 to 10 stars: Great Cinema.

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Hello . . .

Welcome to this new Eurowestern blog!

There are a number of great Eurowestern blogs already, so you might ask why I decided to try and start another one. Well, I have been a fan of the genre for nearly 20 years now and have watched hundreds of the movies (~450-500). I have noticed a number of interesting patterns over time . . . and I would like to share this with other interested genre and film fans.

Also, like any other afficiando, I have my personal ratings on the best (and worst) movies in the genre . . . and I would like to share it. I have my own somewhat idiosyncratic ideas about what makes an excellent spaghetti western.

This is the link to the IMDb version of my ratings list. I hope to expand on this on the Rating the Eurowestern page here, at the blog.


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