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The Perfect Western

If there ever was the quintessential western, it has to be this one. Run out and rent Once Upon A Time In The West. It's a 1968 Sergio Leone classic, starring Henry Fonda, Jason Robards and Charles Bronson. It's 2 hours 45 minutes long, and well worth the time. I've seen a lot of westerns, some of the best multiple times — The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, The Magnificent Seven, A Fistful of Dollars, Tombstone, Stagecoach, Hud, Rio Grande… this one takes the cake. Long scenes with no dialogue, punctuated by only a squeaky water pump, or the singing of cicadas. Huge close-ups, juxtaposed against enormous landscapes. Haunting music. A little hoakey at times, which just adds to the charm. Brilliant cinematography. Apparently it's a tribute – there are numerous references to classic John Ford westerns, for those who know how to recognize them.

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