(96) In the language of cinema, Sergio Leone means Western. He cut apart the mythology of the American frontier and reassembled it as a mosaic of the films that defined his childhood. His “Dollars” trilogy revealed an America unknown even to John Ford and the others who created it. With Once Upon a Time in America, driven by one of Morricone’s most romantic and mythical soundtracks, Leone destroys that West and buries its archetypal inhabitants. Out of those ashes, and in their memory, the genre we know today was made to burn on towards an unforeseeable future.
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