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Haunting film, haunting sound track
on 13 March 2012
For me, this epitomises everything that makes watching a film worth while. A cracking story, fantastic acting, an enigmatic hero, vicious baddy, feisty heroine, amazing sets, costumes, dialogue - masses of tension and some unforgettable music. At two hours and forty minutes, it's a long film, but apparently the script only has a total of 15 pages of dialogue. This, and other interesting background facts to the making of the film, is on the second CD. I was impressed by the emphasis Sergio Leone put on making the sets authentic, the way he deliberately racked up the tension, with incredible close-ups and wonderful landscape shots. But for me it's the music that is the most unforgettable part of the film - each of the four main protagonists has their own "theme music", and four days after watching the film, it's still playing in my head.
All that and Charles Bronson and Jason Robards too - wow!