Once Upon a Time in the West: Shooting a Masterpiece (Christopher Frayling)



New book by Christopher Frayling announced for October publication; foreword by Quentin Tarantino; published by Reel Art Press. Hopefully, the book’s content will be more original than its cover. Images of that scene have definitely been overused.

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As my good friend Bartleby the Scrivener put it, “Support Amazon? I would prefer not to.” :sunglasses:


Cool, in time for its 50th anniversary.


Yes, almost exactly. I hope it’s not only a rehash of material from Frayling’s other books.


I’m still reading Something to do with Death and it’ll be fresh in my mind when this comes out. So a rehash would be rather disappointing.

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Apparently based on set photographs by Angelo Novi:


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I was about to buy this book - do you know if it is available in a hardcover in English?



I couldn’t find a hardback version, but it would be nice since the spine on mine is getting worn very easily.

Needless to say I highly recommend the book.


Thanks for the information! And this thread from 2015 is almost a sort of teaser for the upcoming
book: Behind the Scenes (Once Upon a Time in the West).


Only as softcover/paperback: first edition 2000, Faber & Faber; new edition 2012, University of Minnesota Press.

Essential reading. And very entertaining.


Despite the couple of errors (Leone being in Cemetery Without Crosses, Volontè doing his own dubbing), an absolute wealth of information.