Rewatched this classic again last night and it’s impact remains as massive as ever.
I was reminded instantly why I got into Spaghetti westerns in the first place and why, no matter how much I like films by other directors in the genre, Leone stands alone. My 5 star ratings are for him alone. He is the master without doubt.
His framing and acute sense of visual composition just hits you in the face over and over again leaving lasting images from scenes that other directors would have tossed away as unimportant. And of course his use of Morricone’s genius score is perfect.
GBU and OUTITW are usually held up as Leone’s pinnacle but man this film is still a masterpiece. 30 years after I first saw it and I’m still knocked out. Incredible! I need a lie down and a cup of tea.