Ennio Morricone
Once Upon a Time in the West


5.0
classic

Review

by I.M. Zig USER (63 Reviews)
April 2nd, 2019 | 55 replies


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Instead of talking, he plays. And when he better play, he talks."

Once Upon A Time In The West (C'Era Una Volta Il West) is one of those film classics that is inextricably linked to the music. As usual, Sergio Leone worked with Ennio Morricone for the soundtrack for his westerns. And again it is a very successful marriage. The highly visual music that he composes here makes you experience the film all over again. He regularly pulls all the stops open, and sometimes he keeps it very sober, but the tension that must arise from the film is always amplified by the music. That music usually also stands on its own and features leitmotifs that relate to each of the main characters of the film, like a Wagnerian Opera.

Throughout the course of these 13 tracks, Morricone successfully captures the desolate expanse of the west world, using a variety of different themes and variations. Above all, the title track is just perfect: the most splendid kitsch, complete with violins, choral singing, and when the solo voice begins to hum the melody - that's one of the most beautiful moments here. But the other tracks are amazing too, of course, starting with the leitmotif harmonica solo, which is epic and dramatic, always fitting the scenes. Tracks like 'As a Judgment' incorporate a fuzz-guitar for dramatic effect, while 'A Farewell to Cheyenne' includes whistling and a clip-clop rhythm. There's also some more ambient and dark tracks like "The Transgression" and two "Tabern" tracks, which really captures that slow deadly atmosphere. Finally, there's "Finale", a simply stunning masterwork that grows bigger and bigger with wordless vocals by Italian singer Edda Dell'Orso.

All in all, Once Upon A Time In The West is exciting, emotional and captivating. The soundtrack definitely works without the film, in fact, its musical depth is only really noticeable without the opulent flood of images. How Ennio Morricone manages to translate the vastness of the prairie into music is just wonderful. The haunting music contributes to the film's grandeur and, like the music for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, is considered one of Morricone's greatest compositions.



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Zig
April 2nd 2019


1718 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Both film and score are masterpieces.

BallsToTheWall
April 2nd 2019


49564 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of my favorite movies and soundtracks. Majestic af!

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ChaoticVortex
April 2nd 2019


765 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Both film and score are masterpieces. (2)

Pos'd

budgie
April 2nd 2019


8786 Comments


ya theme song is so painfully beautiful
good stuff ppl

BallsToTheWall
April 2nd 2019


49564 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Charlie fuckin Bronson!!!!

budgie
April 2nd 2019


8786 Comments


henry fuckin fonda!!!

Zig
April 2nd 2019


1718 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Claudia fucking Cardinale !!

BallsToTheWall
April 2nd 2019


49564 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sergio fucking Leone

Source
April 2nd 2019


10191 Comments


When the motive behind bronson's revenge is revealed..bruh. easily one of the greatest scenes ever

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JoeTex
April 2nd 2019


719 Comments


"Cardinale"

def an all timer in this.

BallsToTheWall
April 2nd 2019


49564 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Opening scene really set the tone.

budgie
April 2nd 2019


8786 Comments


yeah the water dropping? ooooooh this movie is so rich

Trifolium
April 2nd 2019


4915 Comments


If I had to pick my fav movie ever of all time and really had to pick just one, this would be it. Perfect in all ways, super coherent and visually stunning. It has such a strong sense of rhythm too, like a poem almost.

Source
April 2nd 2019


10191 Comments


First saw this when i was probably 10 or 11, and the flashback at the end has stuck with me ever since

samwise2000
April 2nd 2019


148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ that flashback scene is so haunting, especially when paired with the creepy song Harmonica plays throughout the film. The way that scene of Frank walking towards he and his brother is shown early on in the film in a very blurry image, and then slowly becomes clearer as the film progresses is absolutely brilliant

Source
April 2nd 2019


10191 Comments


Low key one of the most sadistic things a movie villain has ever done

samwise2000
April 2nd 2019


148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Makes Harmonica's revenge at the end that much sweeter

BallsToTheWall
April 2nd 2019


49564 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Killing that family right off the bat was dirty af!

Trifolium
April 3rd 2019


4915 Comments


Yeah, quite some intense moments. And Cheyenne bringing a lot of relief... Haha!

Omg and that superb sensational crane shot, just a few moments after the first scenes, when Claudia walks through the station and the camera doesn't follow her, but lifts off into the air. So grandiose and bombastic, but it works perfectly.
This!
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7WPMoVtHSOs

Trifolium
April 3rd 2019


4915 Comments


Perfect synergy between the score and the picture



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