The Maestros of Spaghetti Westerns

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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Clint Eastwood in 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' Clint Eastwood in 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'

In the 1960s, American studios were producing fewer Westerns. But European studios developed a passion for telling stories of the American cowboy, and a highly stylized approach to doing so in, what are now known as Spaghetti Westerns. Director Sergio Leone's close-ups of Clint Eastwood's squints are memorable, but they became unforgettable when combined with the over-the-top drama of music by Ennio Morricone.

David Garland presents music by Morricone and other Spaghetti Western composers, such as Carlo Savina, and Riz Ortolani. Film Forum in New York City is currently presenting a Spaghetti Western film festival through June 21. Filmmaker, distributor, and genre devotee William Lustig joins David to talk about Spaghetti Westerns and the Film Forum's Festival.

Comments [2]

John Kaufman

Great show. I think the best place to start watching spaghetti westerns is the Dollars trilogy ("A Fistful of Dollars," "For a Few Dollars More" and "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.") Then on to Leone's masterpiece "Once Upon A Time in the West" and the underrated "Duck You Sucker."

Leone celebrated the American west and the American western with the visual sweep of a frontier Fellini. His epic vision and sardonic sense of humor combined to form a singular idealized world that exists only in the dreams of forever young boys and slightly mad genius filmmakers.

Jun. 14 2012 09:30 PM

Hi Mr. Garland,

Thank you for your interview with Mr. Lustig... wonderful energy, indeed re: the Italin western.
But I was wondering, where as somone new to the Italian western would Mr. Lusting suggest I start my viewing of this genre to get its full import.
Honestly, I could listen to the scores until the cows come home, but I 've tried some of the films on TCM and they kind of left me "cold" (perhaps you have to be in the right mood??)

Jun. 11 2012 06:05 PM

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