Spaghetti Western

Knowledge Identifier: $Spaghetti_Western


Spaghetti Western

Broad subgenre of Western films that emerged in the mid-1960s in the wake of Sergio Leones film-making style and international box-office success add

Category: Movies & TV (402)

Launched in 1960.

Countries: Italy (42%), United States (17%), Spain (13%)

Main connections: Sergio Leone, A Fistful of Dollars, Franco Nero




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In the 1960s, critics recognized that the American genres were rapidly changing add something


Over six hundred European Westerns were made between 1960 and 1980 add something


It was followed in 1961 by "Savage Guns", this time a British-Spanish western, again filmed in Spain add something


On the other hand, in 1961 an Italian company co-produced the French "Taste of Violence", with a Mexican Revolution theme add something


In 1963, three non-comedy Italo-Spanish westerns were produced: "Gunfight at Red Sands", "Magnificent Three" and "Gunfight at High Noon" add something


However, it is obvious that 1964 saw the breakthrough of this genre, with more than twenty productions or co-productions from Italian companies and more than half a dozen Westerns by Spanish or Spanish/American companies add something


Jose Calvo - In 1964 he starred as the innkeeper Silvanito in Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western production "A Fistful of Dollars" as one of Clint Eastwood's few "amigos" in the town of San Miguel


Likewise, after 1965 when Leone's second Western "For a Few Dollars More" brought a still larger box office bonanza, bounty killer suddenly became the choice profession of Spaghetti Western heroes in films like "Arizona Colt", "Vengeance is Mine", "Ten Thousand Dollars for a Massacre", "The Ugly Ones", "Dead Men Don't Count" and "Any Gun Can Play" add something


Antonio Casas - He appeared in "A Pistol for Ringo" in 1965 and Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western the "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" in 1966, a film that has consistently been voted one of the greatest of all time


Burt Reynolds - Reynolds' first Spaghetti Western, "Navajo Joe", came out in 1966


Django (film) - "'Django"' is a 1966 Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Franco Nero in the eponymous role


Sartana - Gianni Garko played a character named Sartana in the 1967 Spaghetti Western, "Mille dollari sul nero"


Martine Beswick - She played Adelita in the well-regarded Spaghetti Western "A Bullet for the General" in 1967 opposite Klaus Kinski and Gian Maria Volonté


In 1968, the wave of Spaghetti Westerns reached its crest, comprising one-third of the Italian film production, only to collapse to one-tenth in 1969 add something


Vic Morrow - Morrow wrote and directed a 1971 Spaghetti Western, produced by Dino DeLaurentis, titled "A Man Called Sledge" starring James Garner


The 1985 Japanese film "Tampopo" was promoted as a "ramen Western" add something


Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company Inc., 2006 add something


A Fistful of Dollars - The 67th Cannes Film Festival, held in 2014, celebrated the "50th anniversary of the birth of the Spaghetti Western