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Spaghetti Western Presentation

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Spaghetti Westerns!
By Hayley, Clea & Raul.

What is a Spaghetti Western?
A Spaghetti Western is an Italian produced Western, or commonly an Italian-Spanish co-production.
Some of the filming was done in Italy, usually at the Cinecittà studios in Rome, but the movies were primarily filmed in the Andalucia region of Spain.
Andalucia was used, in particular the Tabernas desert around Almeria, due to its striking resemblance to the Mexican border.
The films are primarily of Italian origin so the critics adopted the phrase 'Spaghetti Westerns'.
Today the film industry regards the movies with respect - the influence of these films is still apparent, as major Hollywood directors continue to pay homage to the genre.
The Italians loved their westerns and with the import of American westerns drying up by the early 1960's, Italian film makers started to produce their own home-grown product.
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone, born in 1929 in Rome, son of silent film director Vincenzo Leone.
He is best known for the creation of the spaghetti westerns. It was Leone's five Westerns that achieved international success and decisively broke hold of American film-makers oldest and most traditional genres.
Leone adapted Yojimbo, a samurai film and turned it into the western
A Fistful of Dollars
in 1964, starring an unknown Clint Eastwood.
A Fistful of Dollars created the spaghetti western genre which encompassed more than 200 films.
The films would feature self-assured killers with no names, scores either by Ennio Morricone, or in his style, and, of course, the shootout.
Traditional narrative & Style
For A Few Dollars More - Textual Analysis
2 bounty hunters create a partnership to catch a thief, who plans on robbing a bank.
Same story told from 3 different perspectives, simultaneously.
Music and dialogue alternate.
Frequent close up shots.
Anti-hero.
Discussion
Were Spaghetti Westerns, ultimately European or American?
What was the importance of authorship in Spaghetti Westerns?
Can features from Spaghetti Westerns still be seen in films today?
The term Spaghetti Western also identifies the unique style of these films.
More violent than the traditional western, and with the morality of the American west less clear-cut - many of the heroes of the Italian Western are in fact 'anti-heroes'.
Narrative
Classic Western Formula (three central roles)
1. townspeople
2. savages / outlaws
3. heroes

Sergio Leonie's Themes:
- Laconic 'Anti-Hero' (single motivation, money)
- Violence (killing is only way to get respect)
- Women traditionally the symbol of civilisation and stability (often absent)
- Black Humor

Critics: 'an irrelevance in the context of distinguished Western movies'
Style
Spaghetti Westerns were very similar to the existing genre of Italian films (Peplum films), however the styles were very different
- comic-book-like
- transforming/correcting the Western
- comedy - satire to slapstick
- extreme melodrama

Leone's style (confrontation scenes)
- extreme close-ups
- exteme long shots
- extreme graphic violence
Variation of this style depending on his budgets
Sound - Ennio Morricone
Central to the narrative
Operatic tone
Natural sounds
Realistic + Expressionistic
Music Building up to Climax
Pauses for silence also crucial (e.g. when coming to realisations)
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