[quote=“Mejimbo, post:147, topic:322”]http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Once_Upon_a_Time_in_the_West
Just a quick question, which struck me when I watched this again recently, that you guys/gals out there might help me with.
When Jill is loading the buggy to leave the McBain farm, and she finds Harmonica emerging from the shadows, why does he rip the lace collar and cuffs from her dress?[/quote]
Didn’t see anyone offer an actual physical quantitative explanation for this one.
This scene was completely unambuiguous to me - the reason was obvious, but there are scenes in other movies that other people have understood right off the bat while I scratched my head, so…Harmonica, whatever/whoever he’s been in his life, is obviously a man who’s been around the block. While for the first few moments it does appear that something sexual is going on, look where he’s ripping the clothes:
Her bodice and her wrists. The places she’s most likely going to be hiding a pin or a small blade. Harmonica doesn’t take unnecessary chances, and he doesn’t want a woman who will clearly defend herself whipping out a penknife or razor blade or whatever while his back is turned. He’s going to have enough to watch out for for the next few minutes without having to worry about that. It’s an important scene because it sets the tone - Harmonia has no sexual interest in Jill (now THERE’S a man dedicated to revenge!). It’s like the scene where he hands her the bath brush before going to the window to watch Frank.