Spaghetti Western

Posted by ESC on April 03, 2003

In Reply to: Spaghetti Western posted by Gerard on April 03, 2003

: I know the term started because many Westerns with Clint Eastwood were filmed in Italy. But, the term must mean more than that?

SPAGHETTI WESTERN - "Nickname for a Western film; it is typically set in the southwestern part of North America during the late 1880s, but it actually is produced and filmed in Italy or its nearby countries (e.g., Spain or Yugoslavia). The term originated when describing a collection of such films that came to prominence in the 1960s. Popular examples include: 'A Fistful of Dollars' , 'For a Few Dollars More' , 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,' , 'Hang 'em High' , 'Once Upon a Time in the West' , 'They Call Me Trinity' , and 'My Name is Nobody' ." From the "Filmmaker's Dictionary" by Ralph S. Singleton and James A. Conrad, edited by Janna Wong Healy, (2nd edition, 2000, Lone Eagle Publishing Co., Hollywood, California). Another reference says: "spaghetti western - A cheap western movie, first made in Italy in the 1960s, usually featuring bloody violence more prominently than plot or character." From the Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).