The ideal popular guide to the key Spaghetti Westerns - mainly the good but also the bad and the ugly - this is an authoritative, entertaining and comprehensive companion to the films that created the mythical Spaghetti West in the most improbable circumstances. Sergio Leone's "Dollars" trilogy is covered, with many more major and minor Spaghetti Westerns, including Sergio Corbucci's "Navajo Joe", Carlo Lizzani's "The Hills Run Red" and Duccio Tessari's "A Pistol for Ringo". This popular guide explores the films through the biographies and filmographies of key personnel, stories of the films' making, their locations and sets, sources, musical scores, detailed cast information, box office fortunes internationally, with many illustrations, including original posters and stills.
Film writer and historian Howard Hughes is the author of Aim for the Heart: The Films of Clint Eastwood (I.B. Tauris) and of the Filmgoers’ Guide series, When Eagles Dared, Cinema Italiano, Crime Wave, Outer Limits and Stagecoach to Tombstone (all from I.B. Tauris). He is contributor to ‘The James Bond Archives’, the official fiftieth anniversary celebration of 007, and writes regularly for film magazine Cinema Retro.
'Expertly dissected...a fascinating read.'
'Howard Hughes has written a well-researched, detailed, no-nonsense and above all enthusiastic guide to twenty of the best Italian Westerns from A Fistful of Dollars to My name is Nobody. He has aimed for the heart, and unlike the bad guy in Fistful he has hit it.'
'Walks a fine line between serious scholarship and fannish attention to detail with uncompromising success…a worthwhile read.'
Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog
'Hughes has a true passion for the subject.'
'Hughes will please fans and scholars alike…with his wealth of knowledge and easygoing style.'
Library Journal, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
'Intelligent analysis of the European western.'
'A useful, post-beginners’ guide.'
K.H. Brown, Kinocite
'If you like to watch old western movies on television, this is just the book you need.'
Candy Moulton, Roundup Magazine, Western Writers of America
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co LtdPaperback
Publication Date: 30 Mar 2006
Number of Pages: 288
Illustrations: Illustrations, facsims