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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

The fastest gun in the west

Speed can save your life!

In many western film there are duels between cowboys, based on their speed with the gun; usually they place themselves facing one to the other at a given distance, and at a signal they shoot each other. Of course, fastness is essential to stay alive.

For example, this is a scene from "A fistful of dollars", a 1964 Italian-Spanish spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone; in this particular film, in addition to the duel, we can observe the rhythm of it: it is indeed a very slow scene, that changes suddenly to fast at the moment of shoot, this to create suspence and climax. Also the movements of the cowboys are very slow before the shoot.

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