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
- Great music
- Great dialogue
- Economy of storytelling – pure cinema
- Scene length: 13:35 minutes.
- Total number of shots: 152
- ASL (Average Shot Length): 5.36 seconds.