Why are "spaghetti westerns" called as such?

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  1. Patrick Sun

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    This has always bothered me in that I don't know where the term "spaghetti western" came to describe that genre of film. Does anyone know?
     
  2. RobertR

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    Simple. "Spaghetti westerns" were made by Italian directors. Spaghetti is an Italian dish. Hence the term.
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  3. alan halvorson

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    Well, they're made mainly by Italian directors and, you know, pasta is rather popular in Italy and so .....
    I really don't know if this is it but it seems like a good guess.
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  4. Steve Christou

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    Hmmmm I always used to wonder why the cowboys in these westerns were eating spaghetti instead of beans, now I get it. [​IMG]
     
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    Below is a pretty good definition of "spaghetti western":
     
  6. Edwin Pereyra

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    Spaghetti westerns took off in the 1960’s. Europe had a hard time getting American western films, so they decided to make their own. These films were usually more violent than their American counterpart. Sergio Leone was best known for the creation of these films (i.e. A Fistful Of Dollars, Once Upon A Time In The West, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, etc.).
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    Oops, Crawdaddy beat me to it.
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    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/uub/Forum9/HTML/005780.html#8
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  7. James D S

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    And ironically, the 'spaghetti westerns' that created the term, FAFDM, FFOD, and GB&U, were shot in Spain.
     
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    They were filmed in Italy, which substituted for the American west. I suppose if they were made in China they'd be called "Noodle" Westerns. [​IMG]
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    Peter,
    Could you name some that were filmed in Italy?
    Jim
     
  11. Patrick Sun

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    Thanks for the info, folks! I never realized that Italians directed westerns!
     
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    Did you think Sergio Leone was Dutch? [​IMG]
     
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    Uh, nevermind. [​IMG]
     

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