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Once Upon a Time in the West.
Shooting a Masterpiece.

Photographs by Angelo Novi. Text by Christopher Frayling. Foreword by Quentin Tarantino.
Reel Art Press, 2019. 336 pp., 9½x11½".

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'Once Upon a Time in the West was the movie that made me consider filmmaking.'–Quentin Tarantino

Sergio Leone's film Once Upon a Time in the West set out to be the ultimate Western?a celebration of the power of classic Hollywood cinema, a meditation on the making of America and a lament for the decline of one of the most cherished film genres in the form of a 'dance of death.' With this film, Leone said a fond farewell to the noisy and flamboyant world of the Italian Western, which he had created with A Fistful of Dollars and sequels, and aimed for something much more ambitious?an exploration of the relationship between myth ('Once Upon a Time...'), history ('...in the West') and his own autobiography as an avid film-goer. This would be a horse opera in which the arias aren't sung, they are stared.

Once Upon a Time has since inspired several generations of filmmakers worldwide. Its combination of 'film about film' with an angry historical epic, told with great style, has resonated for half a century, and its reputation has steadily grown. This book, by the world-renowned authority on Sergio Leone, Christopher Frayling, includes revealing personal interviews with all the key players involved in the movie (in front of the camera and behind it) a wealth of never-before-published documents, designs and photographs, and the latest research into the making of a masterpiece, shot by shot. It is introduced with a foreword by Quentin Tarantino.

This year is the 50th anniversary of Once Upon a Time in the West and this richly illustrated book is a suitably spectacular birthday tribute.


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