"Son," my dad once said to me, "the thing you have to remember is that there's no such thing as a bad Western." Westerns are very much forgotten these days, undeservedly so, but I was reminded of a favourite of mine just recently and it made me think about starting this thread. I sometimes like movies that breathe. Films that take time to make their point, but make it extremely well. Films that go against the formula and do their own thing. Here is a perfect example, the opening to Once Upon A Time In The West. This scene is remarkable for many reasons. First, it is the opening of a film, it's 7 minutes long, and not one word is spoken. Every action is so unhurried. Yet it just makes you anticipate more. Second, through the noise of the windmill it introduces how important musical themes will be throughout the film. Third, the characterisations are superb and allowed to develop with no need for words. Fourth, the camera angles, the angles of the set, the vast spaces beyond, all contribute to a tense microcosm. It's a real work of genius. Watch "Once Upon A Time In The West opening fight" for the conclusion to this. So what are your favourites MAP? Which films have an opening scene that really draws you into the movie, which films do something different, something unexpected maybe? It might not even continue to be a great film, but what are the openings that make you want for more? Now I'm going to watch the final duel for One Upon a Time, which you should too, unless you've never seen it, in which case go get it now! Doooo-dee-doooo-doo.