or “Once Upon a Time in the West” is a movie filmed in 1968. This particular scene is the first six minutes of the movie, and was referred to by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad (if you haven’t watched Breaking Bad, you really should check it out) in a recent podcast, as one of the best opening scenes ever. So after hearing Vince laud the opening scene of this movie, I had to go check it out for myself. I must say I completely agree with him on this.
There is virtually no dialog, yet the actors along with gorgeous camera angles and the tension building atmosphere created by the sound builds to a climactic standoff on the station platform. For a movie filmed in the 60’s it really shows more than anything that it’s not all about technology, but more so having that creative spark in the first place.