Camera Angles and Movement: Tavern Scene from Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West

Here’s a video analysis of Sergio Leone’s “tavern scene” in Once upon a time in the west:

This is a quintessential Sergio Leone scene – has all his signature techniques:

  • Actors popping into scenes
  • Close ups and long shots
  • The element of surprise
  • Suspense
  • Great music
  • Great dialogue
  • Economy of storytelling – pure cinema

Scene notes:

  • Scene length: 13:35 minutes.
  • Total number of shots: 152
  • ASL (Average Shot Length): 5.36 seconds.
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