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by Danny Baldwin

Charles Bronson's harmonica-playing stranger remains an enigma for much of "Once Upon a Time in the West," but the mystery is solved in the completely wordless finale, complete with flashbacks signaled by slow zooms into the character's eyes. Filmmaker Leone characteristically transposes the characters—good and evil—against each other, moving from a very wide master shot into select uncomfortable close-ups for the final showdown. Slow motion is used in conjunction with Ennio Morricone's pounding score to heighten the dramatic effect.

Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone, 1968) — The Harmonica Reveal

The mystery behind Charles Bronson's Harmonica Man is climactically revealed in "Once Upon a Time in the West."

from Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Creator: Sergio Leone
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Posted by Danny Baldwin