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Spaghetti Westerns: Cowboys and Europeans from Karl May to Sergio Leone

Spaghetti Westerns: Cowboys and Europeans from Karl May to Sergio Leone
Christopher Frayling

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Spaghetti Westerns is the major critical exploration of the European Western. Christopher Frayling approaches the Westerns produced at Cinecitta Studios in Rome from a variety of perspectives, placing them in the Italian, social, political, industrial and cinematic contexts from which they evolved. Over 400 Spaghetti Westerns were produced during their 1960s peak period; Frayling deals with the most interesting examples, giving special attention to the films of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood.

Author Info

Christopher Frayling is Rector of the Royal College of Art and Professor of Cultural History there. His books include Sergio Leone: Something to Do With Death, Clint Eastwood and a BFI monograph on Things to Come. He is Chairman of the Arts Council, England.


'The book is a major contribution to the understanding of film in society, and is as much fun as the movies it discusses.'
Robert Reiner, New Society

'A wide ranging assessment of the Spaghetti Western phenomenon. The book illuminates a fascinating area of popular culture.'
Philip French, Observer

'An all-encompassing overview of the genre and its key contributors.'
Howard Maxford, Film Review

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Cinema and Society

ISBN: 9781845112073
Publication Date: 27 Jan 2006
Number of Pages: 330
Illustrations: ill

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