With Father's Day around the corner, a personal look my father's favorites
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1. "Once Upon a Time in the West" (Sergio Leone, 1968)
This is probably head-and-shoulders above the rest. Long before I knew of the artistic genius that went into Sergio Leone’s 1968 masterpiece of the western genre, I was watching it with Dad, who was absolutely spellbound by its powerful narrative and the machismo of its various performances. I could write thousands of words about this film. It owes so much to the genre it depicts but brings such an operatic quality to the filmmaking that it becomes one of a kind. Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, all fantastic. Claudia Cardinale, the hottest woman to ever grace a movie screen. And that score! Too much to discuss, but when I think of this one, I think of Dad.