Masterclass: Sergio Leone, Tavern scene, Once Upon a Time in the West

Masterclass: Sergio Leone, Tavern scene, Once Upon a Time in the West

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This is a comprehensive analysis of the “tavern scene’ from Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West, one of the greatest cinematic masterpieces ever.

This scene is quintessential Leone, and has it all:

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

The goal of this video and article is to drum up enthusiasm and a yearning to learn more. Think of it as a tribute, nothing more is intended. This video uses parts of clips from the movie only for informational and educational purposes under fair-use.

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