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Spaghetti Westerns (Western all'Italiana)

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Western all'Italiana, or more commonly known as Spaghetti Western, is a genre of film that fuses the setting of the American West with Italian style storytelling. It transformed the traditional John Wayne type of Western into a more gritty and violent tale of renegade ambivalence. These films are characterized by their low budget, a protagonist with questionable morals, and a narrative that usually involves revenge. 

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Sergio Leone

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Italian director Sergio Leone is accredited to making 5 of some of the most renowned Spaghetti Western films. He is the legendary filmmaker who put Spaghetti Westerns on the map. His legacy contiinues to live on through his masterpieces.

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Yojimbo (1961)

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Akiro Kurosawa's film Yojimbo (1961) was a Japanese emulation of the novel Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett, the story of a man whose fate lands him in the midst of a battle of rivaling gangs. In turn, Sergio Leone's breakthough Spaghetti Western A Fistful Of Dollars (1964) was based off of Yojimbo. The striking similarities between the two films has resulted in lawsuits against the Italian director resulting in royalties to be paid to Kurosawa.

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The Good The Bad And The Ugly (1966) Theme Song

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The score for the third and final film in Sergio Leone's Dollar Trilogy, The Good The Bad And The Ugly, remains as one the most recognizable soundtracks for any movie to date. Composer Ennio Morricone captured moments of intensity and crafted an ambience of inspiration around them to captivate viewers. 

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Andreotti's Law 1949

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The creation of Andreotti's Law carries a great importance to the Spaghetti Western genre. This was a decision made by Giulio Andreotti in order to regulate Italian cinema. It enticed filmmakers by providing funding from the government to make films. For a film in Italy to be funded, a script must first be analyzed and deemed appropriate for the public to view. Upon approval, the filmmaker is then provided a grant from the government to produce their movie based on how politcally supportive the film is. 

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A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

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The epitomizing film for the Spaghetti Western genre is 1964's A Fistful Of Dollars. Director Sergio Leone combined traditional American Western themes and Italian novelty, distancing this film from conforming to the standards of Hollywood. The film's success drew waves of cinema goers to the theatre, spawned two sequels, and cemented its name as the vanguard for the entire Spaghetti Western genre. 

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The Spaghetti Western

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Popularity for the Spaghetti Western genre spread for a number of reasons. During the time of Andreotti's law, it was hard for Americans to distribute their movies to Italy, so Italian directors started to make their own. Soon enough after the success of A Fistfull Of Dollars, the industry started to boom with Spaghetti Westerns because directors were drawn to the profit of a successful film due to how cheap they were to make. Also at this time, the people of Italy were not the most economically sound so there was not a television in every household. As a result, people went to the theatre to seek entertainment and/or escape.

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Django Unchained (2012)

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Django Unchained is Quentin Tarantino's homage to Spaghetti Western films with a pre-American Civil War twist. The Spaghetti Western element in Django provides for a familiar, yet fresh atmosphere when blended with Tarantino's signature directing style. It may serve as a slight revival to Spaghetti Westerns by bringing the genre to the attention of newer audiences.

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