ITALIAN WESTERNS


Historical Dictionary of Westerns in Cinema. . 2012.

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  • SPAGHETTI WESTERNS —    By the 1960s cinema Westerns were becoming so popular worldwide, especially in Europe, that the supply was having difficulty meeting the demand. Cinecitta Studios, among others, had been specializing in cheaply made, quickly produced action… …   Westerns in Cinema

  • ANTIMYTH WESTERNS —    Concurrent with the 1960s’revolution of cultural values, cinema Westerns began to challenge assumptions upon which classic Westerns were based. Perhaps the most obvious result was the deterritorialization of the classic Western by Italian… …   Westerns in Cinema

  • PECKINPAH, Sam — (1925–1984)    At one point in The Wild Bunch (1969), Angel asks Pike, “Would you give guns to someone to kill your father or your mother or your brother?” Pike responds, “Ten thousand cuts an awful lot of family ties.” Such an attitude set the… …   Westerns in Cinema

  • BROOKS, Richard — (1912–1992)    Born Ruben Sax, Richard Brooks earned numerous Academy Awards for writing and directing. He was nominated best director for his only Western as a director, The Professionals (1966). This film is frequently seen as the frontrunner… …   Westerns in Cinema

  • CINECITTA STUDIOS, ROME —    Cinecitta Studios was primarily responsible for the large numbers of Italian Westerns produced in the 1960s and 1970s. The studio had been specializing in epic action films (such as the 1950s Steve Reeves Hercules movies) before they entered… …   Westerns in Cinema

  • VAN CLEEF, Lee — (1929–1989)    From the earliest days in his film career it was obvious that Lee Van Cleef would always be bad. His first role, though a nonspeaking part, is still memorable that of one of Frank Miller’s thugs in High Noon (1952). Even here, the… …   Westerns in Cinema

  • EASTWOOD, Clint — (1930– )    Clint Eastwood is unquestionably one of the most important figures in the history of cinema Westerns. On numerous levels, his Man with No Name character in Sergio Leone’s 1960s Dollars Trilogy forever changed the concept of the… …   Westerns in Cinema

  • CORBUCCI, Sergio — (1927–1990)    Often referred to as “the other Sergio” (to Sergio Leone), Italian director Sergio Corbucci developed some of the most innovative Westerns of the 1960s and 1970s. While his spaghetti Westerns may not enjoy the critical reputation… …   Westerns in Cinema

  • DJANGO (1966) —    Franco Nero, Sergio Corbucci (director)    This spaghetti Western directed by “the other Sergio” redirected the Italian Western tradition toward what would be a nearly completely European Western tradition. Sergio Leone’s Westerns, beginning… …   Westerns in Cinema

  • MORRICONE, Ennio — (1928– )    Morricone was born in Rome and began working with Italian films early in his career. He is one of the most prolific composers for film in cinema history. He became famous in the 1960s for his work with Sergio Leone and spaghetti… …   Westerns in Cinema

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