The look of his first film 'A Fistful of Dollars was established by its Spanish locations, which presented a violent and morally complex vision of the american Old West. The film paid tribute to traditional American westerns movies, but significantly departed from them in storyline, plot, characterisation and mood. Leone gains credit for creating more realistic and complex characters, usually they were 'lone wolves' in their behaviour. They rarely shaved, looked dirty and sweated alot and there a strong suggestion of criminal behaviour.
Leone had a very certain videoing style and some traits of his i picked up on
- Great depth of field
- Extreme close-ups (stages of duels)
- Expended time: extended stages of duels, observations
- Huge role of music
- Violence showed to full opened manner