Last night we had some people over for a movie. Luckily, we have been given a projector on loan while a family member is away, and so we are putting it to it’s full and good use. Hoping to run this event on a weekly/biweekly schedule, we’ve come up with the idea to create a list of must see movies. So that everyone gets a shot at being the film curator of the evening, we’re drawing names or titles thrown into a hat. And we have plenty of hats around for this purpose.
Last night we watched the classic western Once Upon a Time in the West. Directed by Sergio Leone it features Henry Fonda as “the villain”, Charles Bronson (sans his notorious moustache) as the arch nemesis, Jason Robards as a surly bandit and Claudia Cardinale as a newly widowed prostitute who will never escape her past as easily as she escapes her wardrobe. The cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli is no doubt some of the first of its kind, an exemple of what modern film makers still mimic today. The film score by Ennio Morricone was incredible. Morricone’s genius is in his use of the shrill screams of trains, the repetitive squeaking of a lone windmill, the tense buzz of cicadas and startled flocks of sage grouse as part of the score. And his abilities are also exemplified by his unforgettable harmonica melody that haunts the film from beginning to end (and at times, I must admit, bordering on hilarity). A great film, definitely deserving of it’s classic status. I have yet to see Quentin Tarantino’s remake of the film…..I’m not sure if I will even bother.
The opening scene: —-> here