A visual history of Italian western cinema in the 60s and 70s.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Funhouse (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Four teenage friends spend the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man in a Frankenstein mask.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Elizabeth Berridge, Shawn Carson, Jeanne Austin
Stagecoach (1939)
Adventure | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.

Director: John Ford
Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.

Director: John Ford
Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles
Run, Man, Run (1968)
Adventure | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Several competing groups and mavericks (including the lead character Cuchillo) are hunting a gold treasure of $3,000,000. The gold was reserved for the Mexican revolution.

Director: Sergio Sollima
Stars: Tomas Milian, Donald O'Brien, Linda Veras
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After a train is robbed of its payroll, an insurance agent and a card-shark team-up to retrieve the loot from the bandits who guard it at a secret location near the Mexican border.

Director: Giuseppe Colizzi
Stars: Terence Hill, Frank Wolff, Bud Spencer
Django (1966)
Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A coffin-dragging gunslinger and a half-breed prostitute become embroiled in a bitter feud between a Klan of Southern racists and a band of Mexican Revolutionaries.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Franco Nero, José Canalejas, José Bódalo
High Noon (1952)
Drama | Thriller | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell
Adios Sabata (1970)
Certificate: GP Action | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Master gunslinger Sabata helps some Mexican revolutionaries steal a wagonload of gold.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini
Stars: Yul Brynner, Dean Reed, Ignazio Spalla
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone
Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale
Rear Window (1954)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Ferdinando Baldi ...
Himself
...
Himself
Alex Cox ...
Himself
Sergio Donati ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
Sergio Sollima ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

For about ten years, from 1964 to 1973, Italian production crews made hundreds of Westerns. This documentary looks chronologically at that enterprise, starting with the success of Sergio Leone and Sergio Corbucci: their silent anti-heroes gave Clint Eastwood and Franco Nero stardom. The genre then shifted to political films of the collective downtrodden facing the state. The genre ended, spent, in comedy and farce. Along the way, argues this documentary, the spaghetti western established a language of filmmaking rooted in post-war cynicism and moral ambiguity, with cinematic tropes, including close-ups, violence, and soundtracks, that influenced filmmaking in Hong Kong and the U.S. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

September 2005 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally contained sequences of Alessandro 'The Whistler' Alessandroni performing the music of Ennio Morricone over the end credits but music clearance was not obtainable. See more »

Connections

References Keoma (1976) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Very Good
12 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Spaghetti West, The (2005)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

IFC/Blue Underground produced documentary directed by David Gregory and produced by William Lustig takes a look at the Spaghetti Westerns of Italy. This features interviews with Leone, Eastwood, Franco Nero and various others but I'll get back to them in a second. The documentary, like all of Gregory's work, is wonderfully entertaining and helps newbies such as myself understand these types of films and want to check them out. Having seen hundreds of Italian horror films, the one thing that they struck me as were ripoff of American films yet the directors of these ripoffs would never admit that yet they'd insult the filmmakers they were ripping off. The same here because their attitudes towards Leone, the man these films were ripping, is pretty damn stupid. I haven't seen many of the Italian westerns but the ones I have seen are no where near Leone's talent.


1 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Spaghetti West (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page