Once Upon A Time In The West (1969) - *****
From its first gritty shootout, to it's final showdown, Once Upon A Time In The West is a highly charged, superbly made piece of cinema. It leaves the viewer reeling, whether from the sublimely melancholy music and use of sound, or its crackling performances and stunning backdrop. It has all the usual Western ingredients; an old gunslinger here, a vengeful nomad there, a widow, train roofs and Charles Bronson and you're done. However, what this film has different is it's brute intensity, achieved through startling turns from Henry Fonda and Bronson, coupled with it's hard-to-ignore morals. As the three men fight for land, money and the girl, it's clear each of them is doomed in their own way. It's a difficult film to comment on, as every shred of it's perfectly thought out brilliance has been said before. A masterpiece.