Once Upon a Time in the West

1968, Italy-USA, Language: English, Subtitles: Hungarian (165’); Screening: 09.06, 19.30, Open-air screening, Szent István square FREE ENTRY Introduction by Claudia Cardinale

There are several ways of reading one of the best-known spaghetti Westerns, Once Upon a Time in the West: it can be seen as a love story, a tale of revenge, but it can even be viewed as a film criticizing capitalism and globalization. A film in which the fundamental statement is the interests of capital and modernization standing against the interests of the individual. An entrepreneur intent on the greatest possible profit, and disregarding humanity and consideration in the interest of maximizing the return. Even when he has already paid the price of his own ruthlessness that crippled him. The train – standing as a metaphor of modernization, colonization and emotionless machinery – must keep rolling. This work by Sergio Leone is also valid and interesting as a proclamation. Quite apart from the fact, naturally, that it is one of the most influential and finest spaghetti Westerns ever made.

Directed by: Sergio Leone
Screenplay by: Sergio Donati, Sergio Leone
Director of photography: Tonino Delli Colli
Music by: Ennio Morricone
Cast: Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Gabriele Ferzetti, Paolo Stoppa
Genre: western
Production: Rafran Cinematografica, Finanzia San Marco, Paramount Pictures
Format: colour, 2.35:1