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{The Speghetti West}


This intriguing documentary (narrated by Robert Forster) takes a look at the rise and fall of Speghetti Westerns and features appearances by all of the top names in the field.

The genre is discussed at length, from the fall of the 1950's John Wayne cowboy era, and onto the first wave of anti-hero westerns (based off Japanese films such as Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo), which turned Clint Eastwood into a star overnight. To the second wave of Speghetti Weterns, which gave birth to both the political (A Bullet for the General) and ultra-violent (Django) sub-genres and finally to it's third wave (and ultimitly it's demise) as the genre was turned into slapstick parodies. Casual viewers will be surprised to find out that there's more to Spaghetti Westerns than Clint's fast draw, and serious fans won't be disappointed when they get to see all the genre notables.

My only beef with the documentary is the music. Sure, we do get to hear a few bouncy bars from Ennio Morricone's My Name is Nobody score, but not much else.

The disc is a 'Netflix rental exclusive' so don't go looking for it for sale just yet...just add it to your 'queue'.

Suggested listening:

Ennio Morricone - "Theme For A Few Dollars More"

Ennio Morricone - "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Theme"


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