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Spaghetti Westerns

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This article starts with explaining how Spaghetti Westerns became popular. Europeans already liked westerns so they began creating their own. It continues to talk about how Europeans (Leone in particular) understood the way and rules to an American western but chose to break these rules. It even mentions how Spaghetti Westerns blurred the lines of a heroic character, using Eastwood from the Dollar trilogy as an example. Next, a timeline of Leone's films accompanied with videos is given, as well as some of Corbucci's films. A video for the film "They Call Me Trinity" (1970) directed by Enzo Barboni is also included. There are some comedic parts to this film as well as brutal violence. Overall, this article gives a great timeline and insight into Spaghetti Westerns, highlighting multiple directors, rather than only focusing on Leone and Corbucci. 

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SPAGHETTI WESTERN CINEMA

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This is simply a YouTube channel dedicated to Spaghetti Westerns, with over 60 different videos. There is a documentary about the genre that is broken up into parts. There are also a few Django films, which is a well known name thanks to Quentin Tarantino. This film was directed by Sergio Corbucci, who is another well known director in Italian cinema, and has made over 50 films, most of which were Westerns.
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Sergio Leone: A Fistful-of-Leone!

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Although Sergio Leone wasn't the first director to make Spaghetti Westerns he is the best known director due to the popularity of his films. He made six films,"A Fistful of Dollars", "For a few Dollars More", "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly", "Once Upon a Time in the West", "A Fistful of Dyanite", and "Once upon a Time in America". He got started with film as an assistant with the film, "Bicycle Thieves", an Italian neo-realism film, which heavily influenced Spaghetti Westerns. Leone is the poster child for this gengre and was incredibly influential. His style is still being reciprocated today. 

  

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Tarantino blows up the spaghetti western in ‘Django Unchained’ - The Boston Globe

Tarantino blows up the spaghetti western in ‘Django Unchained’ - The Boston Globe | Spaghetti Westerns | Scoop.it

Spaghetti Westerns have influenced Hollywood films, and are still extremely popular today. This is easily seen by the most recent blockbuster, Django Unchained, directed by Quentin Tarantino. The main theme song to this film is very similar to the tune made popular by "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly". It also steers very clear of the typical plot with a "good guy" trying to make peace and save everyone from the "bad guy". When watching, you want Django to be successful in reaching his wife, but he is far from the typical "good guy" character. Django and Schultz are extremely violent and the film is incredibly graphic when they are. The film goes back and forth between comedy and crude violence and blood. This uncalled for violence was a characteristic particular to Spaghetti Westerns that made them different from Hollywood Westerns. 

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MikeVilches's curator insight, April 3, 2013 12:44 AM

Recent Blockbuster which resurects the Spaghetti Western it has a great impact in the film world today. By using the unique characteristics of Italian Westerns than from the Classical Hollywood Westerns then it makes it an even more interesting film. That is one way that made Spaghetti Westerns such a big and influential genre. 

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Sergio Leone

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This is another article about the iconic director, Sergio Leone, but more humorous, due to the website it is from. Cracked.com recognizes the fact that Leone's films brought a style that has influenced most of the Westerns made today. Leone was not well known for his work in film until he finished his trilogy. Leone success is also due to the main people he worked with: Clint Eastwood and Ennio Morricone. Eastwood was the star of the films, making a great cowboy character. Morricone was the composer of the music used, which is still widely used in every Western film today. The article continues to discuss the graphic violence, and Leone's use of rape scenes. Spaghetti Westerns were known for depicting a lot of violence. 

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What is a Spaghetti Western?

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This page gives the basic characteristic of a film of this genre. These movies were often shot on location, which was easier than building a set. This allowed for multiple shost from different distances and angles to be taken.The use of distanced long shots were very common. The films were dubbed because although a majority of the cast spoke Italian, it was not uncommon to have a mix of Italian and Spanish speakers. Clint Eastwood was also one of the few in Leone's films to speak English. Due to the fact that not everyone spoke the same language, dubbing was much easier and cheaper. 

 

The term "Spaghetti Western" came about because the films are generally Italian. This name was at first considered offensive, but now it is no longer thought of as derogatory. The genre has also been called "Macaroni Westerns" and "Paella Westerns" by other cultures, both referring to the fact that the films were Italian. 

 

Italians began to dislike American Westerns, which is one of the reasons why they decided to begin making their own. They blurred the line of protagonist and antagonist and many of the so called "heroes" of these films weren't actually heroes and did no good. It was not uncommon for the main character to eventuall be killed by the end of the film.

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Essential Top 20 Films - The Spaghetti Western Database

Essential Top 20 Films - The Spaghetti Western Database | Spaghetti Westerns | Scoop.it

This website is called the "Spaghetti Western Database", and this page in particular has a list of the films that they believe are the most essential to the genre. The first 6 films were directed by Sergio Leone or Sergio Corbucci, reiterating the fact that they are the most widely known directors of this period. After the top 20 list there are more films listed that helps give insight to how many films were actually made during this time. There are also other top 20 lists by the staff of the site as well as Quentin Tarantino. Most of the lists have a Sergio Leone film at the top spot. 

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A Spaghetti Western Roundup at Film Forum

A Spaghetti Western Roundup at Film Forum | Spaghetti Westerns | Scoop.it

This genre thrived from the late 1960's through 1970's. An exponential amount of films during this time period were made. It can be compared to when film was first invented and many short films were being made. There were around 500 films made, which is noteworthy for a short amount of time. The large amount of films produced was from the ability to make them so cheaply. Many people enjoyed this because the film felt more original. 

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European Western vs. American Westerns

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This is an essay by Alireza Vahdani that discusses the differences between Spaghetti Westerns and Classic Hollywood Westerns, as well as the background of Spaghetti Westerns. It starts by discussing how much of an influence Italian neo-realism had on the development of this genre. Spaghetti Westerns were generally shot on location, which was a characteristic of Italian neo-realism that evolved to this new genre of film. 

 

The first difference discussed between Hollywood westerns vs. Italian is the way violence is portrayed. Italian westerns are more explicit when they depict violence. The main character often is violent, but not for defense as in Hollywood. Hollywood's characters are trying to gain peace, but only get violent to eventually achieve it. Spaghetti westerns also changed the way the antagonist was looked as, while in Hollywood, he was just the "bad guy" for no reason shown.The Italian version loses the binary feel of just "good" vs. "bad". 

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Theme

This tune is the theme song of the film "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"(1966), is easily recognized as one of the, if not the most, popular tunes related to Spaghetti Westerns. It was written by the composer, Ennio Morricone. Morricone is an Italian composer who was actually a classmate of Sergio Leone, the director of the film. The two formed a great partnership and Morricone wrote music for all of Leone's films, including the other two films of this trilogy- "A Fistful of Dollars"(1964) and "For a few Dollars More"(1965). This music revolutionized all Western films, for it is hard to imagine a Western film and not hear this music associated with it. Morricone was influenced from many European composers and bands such as "The Outlaws" and their song "Ambush".

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Westerns... All'Italiana!: Spaghetti Western Locations

Westerns... All'Italiana!: Spaghetti Western Locations | Spaghetti Westerns | Scoop.it

Spaghetti Westerns were generally shot on location. This is because the films were made in a very cheap manner. Shooting on location was cheaper because it saved money and time from building a whole set. It was also cheaper to later just dub films with sound, rather than recording the sound with the film. This way of dubbing was much cheaper, and then during shooting, the director would not need to worry about what background noise the microphone picked up. This is a characteristic that came about from the previous Italian genre, neo-realism.

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Spaghetti Western Movie Posters

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This website has a compilation of movie posters made for many films of the Spaghetti Western genre. In general, most of the posters stick to the colors brown, yellow, orange, and red. The combination of these colors is still used to represent Westerns. Most of the posters are shot up close and depict a face. Also, many of them have the person holding a gun or other weapon, showing that violence is more common in this genre, rather than Hollywood Westerns of the time. 

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