Tuesday, August 5, 2008


I watched a couple things .... Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West, starring Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Claudia Cardinale. I also watched the Romanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days ... as good as its reputation suggests. I'm not always a fan of versimilitude, but it is so natural here, and it completely sucks you in.


Alexander Coleman said...

I agree, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days truly does capture you.

Once Upon a Time in the West is one of my favorite films of all time. After I first saw it I was completely, irrevocably blown away.

K. Bowen said...

One thing that I really appreciate about 4 Months is how subtly it expresses itself, how quiet its most explosive scenes are.

West ... I'm still tinking about. But I loved Claudia Cardinale as the doomed heroine. And its weird sense of morality, or lack thereof.

Alexander Coleman said...

Yes, the subtle power of the Romanian picture is one of the attributes I tried to celebrate in my review.

I'd love Claudia Cardinale from the '60s as anything, but doomed heroines are dandy.

It took me several hours to pick my jaw up off the floor after the first time I watched Once Upon a Time in the West.

What an interesting double bill. In so many ways they couldn't be more different, but I like it.