Presentation Title

The Male Figure and the Landscape: An Analysis of Sergio Leone’s use of close ups on the face in his 1968 Film, 'Once Upon a Time in the West'

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Location

IB 1015

Start Date

24-3-2018 2:00 PM

End Date

24-3-2018 2:15 PM

Abstract

In this research I analyzed Sergio Leone’s complex use of extreme close-up shots on the face in his 1968 film Once Upon a Time in the West. Specifically, I looked at the close-ups’ transformative effects on the male figure, and its effect on the meaning-making in the film. The research process involved a visual analysis of specific scenes in Leone’s film and a synthesis of several critical analysis articles. The purpose of the ‘male hero’ figure as an identity, the gendering of the frontier landscape, and the reading of the male figure as landscape were points of analysis of Leone’s work and of the Western film genre as a whole. My conclusions of this research was that Sergio Leone’s use of extreme close-up shots was innovative for the genre, creating complex interplays in the reading of the male figure and the frontier landscape. These interplays in the meaning-making impact both the interpretation of characters and themes in Once Upon a Time in the West as well as other films in the genre in relation to Leone’s work.

Department

Journalism Communication and New Media

Unclassified Program

Faculty Advisor

Mark Wallin

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The Male Figure and the Landscape: An Analysis of Sergio Leone’s use of close ups on the face in his 1968 Film, 'Once Upon a Time in the West'

IB 1015

In this research I analyzed Sergio Leone’s complex use of extreme close-up shots on the face in his 1968 film Once Upon a Time in the West. Specifically, I looked at the close-ups’ transformative effects on the male figure, and its effect on the meaning-making in the film. The research process involved a visual analysis of specific scenes in Leone’s film and a synthesis of several critical analysis articles. The purpose of the ‘male hero’ figure as an identity, the gendering of the frontier landscape, and the reading of the male figure as landscape were points of analysis of Leone’s work and of the Western film genre as a whole. My conclusions of this research was that Sergio Leone’s use of extreme close-up shots was innovative for the genre, creating complex interplays in the reading of the male figure and the frontier landscape. These interplays in the meaning-making impact both the interpretation of characters and themes in Once Upon a Time in the West as well as other films in the genre in relation to Leone’s work.