Once Upon a Time in the West at the London Film Festival


(Phil H) #1

Uk based fans (or even those from slightly further afield who are looking for an excuse to visit the cultural centre of the universe) should put Sunday October 26th in their diary in bold red ink.

As part of the 52nd BFI London Film Festival Leone’s classic Once Upon a Time in the West is being screened in celebration of it’s 40th birthday in all it’s techniscope glory at the Odeon West End. Kick off time will be 12.00 midday with a running time of 165 mins. The print on show will be the one recently restored by Paramount and it is hoped that the film will be introduced by Sir Christopher Frayling.

Tickets go on sale to BFI members from September 18th and to the general public from the 27th. Price £11.

I’ll add more details here soon.


(Yodlaf Peterson) #2

I’ll definately meet up with you for that Phil :slight_smile:


(Yodlaf Peterson) #3

Just have to mention that it’s a miserable dull day outside and this news has now made it look like a beautiful day!

i can’t wait.

Will you be jumping on a plane Seb?


(Phil H) #4

Just a reminder to all UK forumites that this event is just a month away and that tickets are now on sale to the general public online or by phone.
Details of the screening and how to book can be found here:

http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff/once_upon_time_west

There’s also a couple of other films being shown as part of the London Film Festival which may be of interest to some here.

A newly restored print of Delmer Daves’ The Last Wagon. Aclassic 50s western from one of the genre’s best directors. (Hopefully this restoration means there will be a new DVD release o this film soon).

http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff/last_wagon

Also, from Korea, The Good, the Bad, The Weird. Kim Jee-Woon’s homage to Sergio Leone set in 1930s Manchuria looks like it could be an interesting ride.

http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff/good_bad_weird

Lastly, how about a Bangladeshi western? Sadik Amed’s take on the genre transplanted to the sub continent, The Last Thakur, should offer an intriguing slant on the conventions of the lone gunman seeking revenge in a town with two masters.

http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff/last_thakur

Me and Yodlaf are already booked in for Once Upon a Time in the West so it would be great to catch up with some more of you there.


(Stanton) #5

A Kim Jee Woon western could be great.

A Bittersweet Life was a fascinating noir film.


(Yodlaf Peterson) #6

I’m waiting in anticipation for this screening :slight_smile:


(ENNIOO) #7

How many times will you have seen after this screening then?


(Yodlaf Peterson) #8

I’ve never actually counted how many times i’ve seen it :slight_smile:

I’ve never seen it on the big screen anywhere before though


(ENNIOO) #9

I am sure it will be a day/evening you will remember for a long time :).


(Yodlaf Peterson) #10

I certainly hope so

cheers mate :slight_smile:


(Phil H) #11

Just a reminder to those members in the London area that this screening is this sunday at 12 noon.

Me and Yod are going. If anyone else plans to pop along let us know and we can organise to catch up. Maybe a swift half after the event? :slight_smile:


(scherpschutter) #12

[quote=“Phil H, post:11, topic:1273”]Just a reminder to those members in the London area that this screening is this sunday at 12 noon.

Me and Yod are going. If anyone else plans to pop along let us know and we can organise to catch up. Maybe a swift half after the event? :)[/quote]

What a monday to arrive in London, when it all happens on sunday …


(Yodlaf Peterson) #13

See you sunday Phil, i can’t wait 8)


(ENNIOO) #14

Hope you both manage more than a swift half after the viewing ;).


(Phil H) #15

Yes Scherps. Terrible timing on your part.


(Phil H) #16

Just got back from this screening and I can happily report that it was magnificent. The newly restored print is absolutely beautiful and on a large screen in front of an almost full house it was showcased to perfection. Great colours and crystal clear with only the few minor imperfections you might expect with celluloid. So sharp you would almost think it was digital and booming sound. A really great way to enjoy this wonderful film. So glad I went. :slight_smile:

Apparently this print has been shown already at a couple of other places including the Tribeca Festival in New York so if it ever gets an airing anywhere near where you live I would heartily recommend you go see it.

Christopher Frayling gave an introductory speech which was a welcome bonus and interestingly he mentioned that he has recently interviewed Morricone for a BBC radio programme celebrating his 80th birthday. This will be aired soon on Radio 4 in the UK so I will keep an eye out and pass on details here when I have more info. BBC radio should be accessible to everyone I think through their website so you should all be able to tune in.


(scherpschutter) #17

[quote=“Phil H, post:16, topic:1273”]Just got back from this screening and I can happily report that it was magnificent. The newly restored print is absolutely beautiful and on a large screen in front of an almost full house it was showcased to perfection. Great colours and crystal clear with only the few minor imperfections you might expect with celluloid. So sharp you would almost think it was digital and booming sound. A really great way to enjoy this wonderful film. So glad I went. :slight_smile:

Apparently this print has been shown already at a couple of other places including the Tribeca Festival in New York so if it ever gets an airing anywhere near where you live I would heartily recommend you go see it.

Christopher Frayling gave an introductory speech which was a welcome bonus and interestingly he mentioned that he has recently interviewed Morricone for a BBC radio programme celebrating his 80th birthday. This will be aired soon on Radio 4 in the UK so I will keep an eye out and pass on details here when I have more info. BBC radio should be accessible to everyone I think through their website so you should all be able to tune in.[/quote]

Wonderful, Phil

We haven’t decided time and place yet, would our appartment in Mayfair be okay with you? And let’s say 3.30 ?


(Phil H) #18

[quote=“scherpschutter, post:17, topic:1273”]Wonderful, Phil

We haven’t decided time and place yet, would our appartment in Mayfair be okay with you? And let’s say 3.30 ?[/quote]

Of course mate. PM me the address and I’ll give you a call to reconfirm after you’ve arrived.
Hope the weather improves though. It has been raining like a bugger for the past couple of days and London always looks better with a blue sky over it.


(Stanton) #19

Phil, was the scene with Bronson nursing his wound at the railway station in it?


(Phil H) #20

Not nursing the wound but making a makeshift sling with the front of his coat. The running time of the film was 165 minutes if that helps.