Review of Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Moving picture, 164 minutes

A family is destroyed while a nameless Mexican with a harmonica arrives at a train station in an expanding rail system. Others, of more dubious virtue, also enter the orbit of a new wife and widow.

Mythologized “spaghetti” western, except insofar as large parts are shot in the States. A virtually flawless fantasy, able to employ old tropes exactly as prescribed by intersubjective nostalgias whilst simultaneously tapping into dark genre dualities at depth, with stunning picture and sound.

References here: Westworld (2016).

moving picture fiction