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« : July 20, 2004, 03:53:16 AM »

So I just rewatched this film, and one of the things I really noticed this time round was the character devlopment of Cheyenne, and how he is portrayed at different stages of the film.

When we first see him he's grubby, scruffy and bearded. It's like he's the stranger your mum told you never to accept sweets off. Seeing that scene for the first time you'd assume he was a villain - not just his appearance, but things like his intimidation of the waistcoated man who shoots his manacles off, his attempts to scare Harmonica, not to mention Morricone's haunting, dischordant banjo theme.

Then when we see his acrobatics and cunning when he fights the men on Mortimer's train, he is shown to be resourceful and almost heroic. We are certainly put on his side here.

And when he talks to Jill, we see a much more forlorn, emotional side to him. Beneath his callous exterior he just wants a bit of warmth and companionship in his life. I think although he doesn't really drive the plot along like Harmonica, Jill and Frank do, he's the only one we see so many different sides too, and that makes him the most interesting character in the movie.


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« #1 : July 20, 2004, 03:11:37 PM »

don't get me started  >:(


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« #2 : July 21, 2004, 12:35:44 AM »

It's true that Cheyenne is the most interesting character in that there are so many sides to him. However, I don't really see him developing over the course of the film. Our understanding of him deepens as more is revealed about him, but it is our understanding that changes, not Cheyenne.

BTW, one way that Cheyenne sometimes operates in the film is like a Chorus figure, commenting on the action and helping the audience with some of the plot points. I think this is somewhat unique in Leone, whose characters are usually much more taciturn.



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« #3 : July 21, 2004, 01:38:47 AM »

It's true that Cheyenne is the most interesting character in that there are so many sides to him. However, I don't really see him developing over the course of the film. Our understanding of him deepens as more is revealed about him, but it is our understanding that changes, not Cheyenne.

Yeah, that's pretty much what I meant - looking back "character development" was a bad choice of words.


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« #4 : July 21, 2004, 06:09:50 AM »

i know there´ll be a  mob waiting for me at the train station for this but cheyenne is kind of a sophisticated version of the comic sidekick. he lightens the mood in several occations during the movie. for example in the final duel between frank and harmonica. and he´s a definite link between jill and the others. and cheyenne is the one who, in a way,advices jill to go give water to the workers. there´s the transition from whore to mother that blueberry mentioned earlier. it may be just me but the fact that cheyennes mother was the whore with the biggest heart in the world (or how ever he put it) is a definite link to understanding the mind of cheyenne. and i agree with dave jenkins. the cheyenne we meet at the bar is a whole different cheyenne we know in the end. we just get to know him better.

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« #5 : July 22, 2004, 06:47:59 AM »

Good point. I hadn't stopp to think the multiple faces of Cheyenne.I especially like his first appearition, at the bar. You just think an entire gang is going to cross the door... and then appears Cheyenne, not reliying even in his own shadow. It's simply marvelous.


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