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Once upon a time in the West final duel build up (6 replies and 7 comments)

Vanniyan
2 months ago
Vanniyan 2 months ago

Dear master roger why so much build up in final duel scene for "once upon a time in the West". Creating tension is the major reason?

Vanniyan
2 months ago
Vanniyan 2 months ago

I am sorry i posted unnecessary video link. I don't know how to delete it. Here is the once upon a time in the West

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZekEoRSlPtE»

Frank
2 months ago
Frank 2 months ago

You know that the scene in the actual film has score right, that the video you posted is someone swapping the soundtrack out?

dmullenasc
2 months ago
dmullenasc 2 months ago

This movie was unusual in that large sections were scored first by Ennio Morricone and then the scene was shot and timed to the music played on the set.

Vanniyan
2 months ago

Thanks Mullen. I searched original version of that scene. But I can't get it. That's what I posted this version. But you are all talking about music scoring. I am asking about shot construction of the scene. There are lots of build up and slow pacing. Could Build up shots create tension?

dmullenasc
2 months ago

The construction of the scene was built around pre-recorded music, that's my point. It's like an opera.

dmullenasc
2 months ago

I don't understand the question -- isn't tension often built up through a series of shots, ala Hitchcock?

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

Well, did they? You can answer that question yourself.

Mike
2 months ago

This scene works even without the guide track imo. I haven’t heard the music for this scene but it seems to work without it, ofcourse the timing came from the music but I wonder how Roger would shoot it working with the same Director and
maintain that tension. Ofcourse, the close ups of eyes makes the viewer feel uneasy
which one would draw first, which one do you want to win, that’s what the DP is faced with, how do you photograph ‘fear’.

Vanniyan
2 months ago

Master roger well... Then probably those build up shots create tension!

Canuck
2 months ago
Canuck 2 months ago

The posted video not only omits the glorious Morricone music but it is also missing the "reveal" of Frank/Harmonica relationship, which is masterfully told by Leone without any dialogue.

Vanniyn, do yourself a favor and just watch the whole movie.

Vanniyan
2 months ago

I have watched already. I clearly told can't find original footage for post. That's what I posted that youtube link Canuck

Antonio Grambone
1 month ago
Antonio Grambone 1 month ago
Mike
1 month ago

Thankyou for sharing that, I’ve been trying to find the sound track for that scene.
Stunning piece of work imo, it’s that ‘harmonica’ that puts a chill down your spine.

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