Long shots and extreme long shots characterize the cinema style of Westerns. Long shots are camera angles of full figures with some background, and extreme long shots give a faraway, panoramic view of a scene merging character with the frontier landscape. Serious, character-driven films often emphasize close-up shots while comedies and Westerns emphasize long shots. A classic long shot is the one from Shane (1953) as the hero first rides onscreen from a distance, mountains in the background, a murmuring brook in the foreground from which a deer is drinking.

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