[quote=“Stanton, post:52, topic:152”]Scherp, you wrote about the first scene:
"It’s a rather odd, almost surreal scene that, at first glance, seems to bear only little relation to the rest of the film, but will turn out to be a key scene, establishing the protagonist’s character. "
Odd it is indeed, but surreal? And a key scene for the film?[/quote]
Surreal in the sense that these characters seem to appear from nowhere (what the hell is this??), not in reference to surrealism (Dali, etc.)
It is a key scene as it establishes, once and for all, Nero’s character. He is as obsessed and determined as any other spaghetti western character, but he’s not determined to kill his father’s murderer, but to bring him to justice. Without this opening scene, in which he appears and disarms a bounty killer, his character would be puzzling. We would say: Hey, what is this, an avenger who want to bring his nemesis back to Texas? If it didn’t have this special function, it would be a rather ridiculous scene (it still feels a little ridiculous, but in a good sense, to me it’s one of those nice oddities the genre has to offer)