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.