The local arthouse is renting theatres and you can bring your blu ray. Huge screen, immaculate projection - I'll never watch this film small again. Like, say, 2001, the pure cinema of it demands scale, scope, size. Leone's granular cinema technique, his exquisite nuance, the painstaking shot-size choices, pan and track choices: he never hits a wrong note and each, say, super closeup advances the narrative and characters.
Bronson's understatement and Fond's villainy remain astonishing and once-in-a-career. Claudia Cardinale never did it for me; she looks like Minnie Mouse and at times I yearned for someone of substance - someone with as much weight as Robards, Bronson, Fonda - and her dubbing is a joke, but that did not take me out of the story or the immersive experience.
Film must have scale. Film must be big. Film must be seen in communcal spaces. No matter the size of your TV, film has to take you over. Tonight was sublime.