Part one of the making of Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In The West.


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Himself, author of 'Sergio Leone: Something To Do with Death'
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Himself (archive footage)


Part one in a documentary trilogy about the making of C'era una volta il West. An Opera of Violence begins with a biography of director Sergio Leone. A part about the difficult path Leone had to take to make this film, follows. Part one concludes with the decisions about casting. Who was asked to act in this film, why did Leone choose these actors? Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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18 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Väkivallan ooppera  »

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This documentary is featured on the 2-Disc Special Collector's Edition for Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) (Once Upon a Time in the West). See more »


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A face is a landscape
11 May 2010 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This is one of the four featurettes found on the Special Collector's Edition 2-Disc DVD of Once Upon a Time in the West, and the first of three parts detailing the making of the movie. It consists of interviews(recent as well as older ones; some of them in Italian, but subtitled), and a few stills and clips of the film. As the beginning of a trilogy, it is primarily concerned with the early aspects of Leone's life and career, the casting and similar. Those who did the excellent commentary track for the picture itself are among the speakers(including the director "Johns", Carpenter and Milius), and Frayling clearly knows what he's talking about. It's cool to hear Fonda(R.I.P.) and Cardinale reminisce; it's too bad we don't get Robards and Bronson(R.I.P.), I suppose they couldn't find any fitting material. This is well-edited throughout, and rather interesting. It keeps to a nice pace, not rushing and delivering a good amount of information for a 29 minute running time. This documentary does not spoil anything other than the opening sequence and an early reveal or two. There is no offensive material in this. I recommend it to any fan of the subject matter and/or of Sergio. 7/10

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