The Spaghetti Western: A Thematic Analysis

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McFarland, 10 oct. 2006 - 304 páginas
The 1960s and 1970s were the heyday of spaghetti westerns—low-budget films about the early American West mostly filmed in Italy. Though sometimes derided as excessively violent imitations of American-made westerns, they attracted a substantial following that has endured. With its classic elements of gunfights, gambling, heroes, sidekicks, love, and death, the genre is now perceived by critics as an intriguing object of study. This book analyzes the construction of the stories presented in spaghetti westerns. It examines the content of the Italian western using concepts and constructs borrowed from scholars studying “pre-industrial” narratives. Plot, the constellation of characters, their relationship to each other, and their motives are studied. Films examined in detail include the seminal A Fistful of Dollars as well as Django, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. There is also a discussion of the early spaghetti westerns. The study then probes the elements of bounty hunters, the deprived hero, partnerships, betrayal, and comedy. An appendix details the top grossing Italian westerns between 1964 and 1975, including title, director, lead actor and intake. A second appendix provides a list of films quoted by Italian title and then by English title.
 

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Índice

Preface
1
1 The Spaghetti Western Film as an Object of Study
3
2 Enter the Infiltrator
15
3 The Code of Cunning
57
4 Intruding into Gringo Territory
66
5 Stories of the Deprived Hero
93
6 A Partnership of Bounty Killers
122
7 A Partnership Without Tricks
140
9 Triumph of Comedy
231
10 Un Minuto per PregareConcluding Remarks
256
Appendix A TopGrossing Italian Westerns 19641975
263
Appendix B Films Quoted
266
Chapter Notes
279
Bibliography
287
Index
291
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8 Stories of Betrayal
204

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Sobre el autor (2006)

System analyst Bert Fridlund lives in Uppsala, Sweden. His essays on popular cinema and popular culture has been published in Swedish journals and anthologies.

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