Book Review: Once Upon A Time In The West: Shooting A Masterpiece

Once Upon A Time In The West: Shooting A Masterpiece By Sir Christopher Frayling

It’s taken me a long to write this review and, to be honest, I feel that this book has so much to digest I still can’t do it justice in such a small amount of words. 

I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Christopher Frayling speak on film a few times, so it was with utter delight that I took to the E-pages of this book. So much so, that I am waiting with much anticipation for an actual, physical copy to buy for myself so that I can hold it in my hands. 

Alas, I will have to wait until April 18th to hold Once Upon a Time in The West: Shooting a Masterpiece for a copy to sit on my book shelf. 

For any filmmaker, any film critic or anyone who loves film, this is the book that you need to buy this year. It is more than just a book on one of the greatest Western films of all time, it is a book about one of the greatest FILMS of all time. This book is packed full of filmmaking punches which go beyond an analysis of the film itself.

It is an analysis on the art of filmmaking, from script to screen with testimonials, interviews and insights from some of the greatest film industry professionals. Quentin Tarantino’s foreword gives an insight into his own filmmaking process, whilst never-seen-before documents delves the reader deep into the filmmaking process of the ‘horse opera’. 


it’s difficult to review such a rich tapestry of information, but all I can say is if you are a film fan… I suppose go and watch Once Upon A Time In The West again, buy this book and say to yourself ‘ooh, films used to made so well, didn’t they?’. 

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