Posted 05 November 2008 - 03:35 PM
Thanks in advance,
Posted 05 November 2008 - 06:33 PM
The look of the Spaghetti Westerns is sort of unique, not indicative of all Westerns.
One visual element that a lot have in common, other than the obvious elements, is the juxtaposition of a lone person against space, often outdoors. There is a preponderance of wide shots in Westerns for one thing, and often that is juxtaposed with very tight shots to emphasize the difference even more. It's almost a Romantic notion, nature as a reflection of the emotional state of the character. Though perhaps this is less an element of Leone's Westerns, which are more interested in interpersonal conflict and conflict between groups of people or people and institutions.
Posted 06 November 2008 - 01:07 PM
I think the Western stands in solid correlation with the doom of manhood of the old age. New age (aquarius) starts around 1894-95, has transition 1929-30 and fully pulls away in 1967-68. C'era une volta nel west of 1968 is nothing else than a swan song on the time gone with a strongly modern face. The film's base is a memory (boy with brother on shoulders, revenge as adult). See, the simple and clear lines of Western lives contribute to so to speak distilled-out dramatic situations. You have been encoded to all that within the first six to eight minutes . . .