Senior HTF Member
- Jun 30, 1999
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?
A dimissive name for the blood-spattered Italian imitations of American westerns which became popular in the 60's, using such actors as Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood. They gained in international reputation and incidentally made Eastwood into a star through the work of Sergio Leone in the mid-60's, beginning with his "A Fistfull of Dollars". Leone orchestrated the action around dramatic close-ups, with a slow build to moments of extreme action, to the accompaniment of Ennio Morricone's plangent, percussive music. Eastwood set the pattern for the protagonist: a taciturn, laconic wanderer who was deadly with a gun. While he was "the man with no name", other recurring heroes of the genre were Santana, Django and Ringo.