In 1964, Sergio Leone made A Fistful of Dollars on a shoestring budget with discarded film ends and a stolen story. The result was a film that impressed with its bluster and style, but also one that periodically lost the viewer with extreme stylization and a sometimes aimless story. Only four years later, though, Leone was a director at the height of his powers. Once Upon the Time in the West is nearly three hours of posturing, staring, and plotting, often shot in extreme close-up. It’s also incredibly, wonderfully slow and astonishingly lush. From the film’s opening - a ten minute, virtually wordless sequence - you know that you’re in the hands of a master.