The splendid movie Once Upon a Time in the West is way too enigmatic for me sometimes. I haven't seen many westerns really, but the dollars trilogy I mostly figured out.

Can someone explain what are the characters thinking/trying to convey during the scene where Cheyenne first meets Harmonica? More particularly:

  1. Why does Harmonica not respond in any way when Cheyenne, a stranger, takes his pistol?
  2. When Cheyenne orders him to "pick it up", Harmonica does so in an upside-down manner. Why? Does he want to trick Cheyenne into thinking he is unskilled? Does he want to play a game of semi-disobedience?
  3. Why does Cheyenne smile after this?
  4. After the dialogue about the dusters, Harmonica says: "Well, you know music. And you can count. All the way up to two." Why? Is that sarcasm? Did the "up to two" come from the list of two reasons Cheyenne gave? What about the music?
  • Generally speaking, several questions in one might fall under "too broad". I've never seen the movie (shoot me), so I can't judge how much those 4 questions are related, but if they're distinct enough, you might want to ask them as separate questions. Cheers! – Jenayah May 31 '19 at 20:36
  • Hmm. Well, I see your point. On the other hand, all of this happens within 5 minutes, so what lead me to this question bombardment is that I think someone who has captured the "atmosphere" probably has a solid explanation for all of them. – George Menoutis May 31 '19 at 21:27

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