More Spaghetti, Per Favore

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Here's another serving of music from Spaghetti Westerns. These spicy, robust film scores are full of musical nutrition, with heaping helpings of imagination and excitement.

In the 1960s and '70s, Italian directors filmed visually dynamic stories of the American West on the plains of Spain. One of the key ingredients in these over-the-top dramas was the music. David Garland presents music by Ennio Morricone, Luis Bacalov and others, from classics of the genre such as "For a Few Dollars More," "The Good the Bad and the Ugly," "The Big Gundown," "Duck You Sucker," and "Django." In New York City, Film Forum's Spaghetti Western film festival continues through June 21st.

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John kaufman from Allston, MA

John ford, Howard Hawks and Henry Hathaway established the modern western while Anthony Mann, Sam Fuller and Budd Boetticher brought into play noir elements and shifting morals reflecting more complex times. Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone then explored twisted themes perfectly accentuated by the music that accompanied them. Thanks, David, for another great evening of The New Old West.

Jun. 21 2012 09:56 PM

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