English title: Once Upon a Time in the West
Poster title: C'era Una Volta Il West
Artist: Gasparri, Rodolfo
Poster Year: 1968
Poster Origin: Italian
Style: brown border style
Film title: C'era Una Volta Il West
Film Year: 1968
Film Directors: Sergio Leone
Film Genres: Western
Film Plot: Epic story of a mysterious stranger with a harmonica who joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.
Grade: C7-C8 Fine to Very Fine. Folded, single-sided. Theater used poster with minimal handling/edge/fold wear, writing on verso that does not bleed through, a few places of very slight fold separation near the edges, and at one point the top few inches and bottom few inches were folded back while framed.
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Sergio Leone’s man-with-no-name trilogy (starring Clint Eastwood) often overshadows this western masterpiece. However, among Leone fans it wouldn’t be controversial at all to make the case that Once Upon a Time in the West could very well be his best movie. It has all the Leone hallmarks including dark anti heroes, and even darker villains. In fact, Henry Fonda’s turn as a mercenary named Frank will go down in film history as one of the most evil, despicable characters ever put to celluloid. Already cast against his good-guy-in-white type, Fonda wanted to use brown contacts to make his character appear even more dark and sinister. Luckily for audiences, Leone convinced Fonda that the baby blue, doughy eyes audiences were familiar with would come off cold as ice in this particularly villainous role.
This country-of-origin Italian poster is very rare and features wonderful art of all the principal cast members from Rodolfo Gasparri. Not to be missed!