Spaghetti Westerns are a sub genre of Western films so called because they were mostly directed and produced by Italians. The typical team was made up of an Italian Director, Italian-Spanish technical team and cast – with the occasional fading Hollywood star and sometimes a rising one such as Clint Eastwood. The films were typically shot in cheap locations (with lots of Spanish extras) that resembled the American Southwest and between 1960 and 1975, European film companies made nearly 600 hundred Westerns!
These films were often panned by the critics for their brutality and high body counts but for me what remains long after the final credits have rolled has really got nothing to do with the bullets or bodies falling.
It’s the lonely trumpet that plays a dirge for those about to die, the piercing blue eyes of Frank as he sizes you up, the black clad specter dragging a coffin through the streets, the foreboding whistle of a mysterious stranger as he rides into town….