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us: Spaghetti Westerns


  • This heading is used as a topical heading for works about Western films usually produced or co-produced by Italian companies and filmed in Europe. When used as a topical heading it is subdivided by the appropriate geographic, topical, and/or form subdivisions.

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    • us: Continental Westerns
    • us: Eurowesterns
    • us: Italo-Westerns
    • us: Paella Westerns
    • us: Spaghetti Western films
    • us: Western films--Europe
    • us: Western films--Italy
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    • found: Work cat.: Mio corpo per un poker. English. The Belle Starr story [VR] c1993.
    • found: Konigsberg, I. The complete film dict., 1997 (spaghetti Western: A Western produced primarily in Italy, though sometimes also filmed in Yugoslavia or Spain, and often starring American performers. This type of film received great impetus from the works directed by Sergio Leone, especially his films starring Clint Eastwood ...)
    • found: Singleton, R.S. Filmmaker's dict., c2000 (spaghetti Western: Nickname for a Western film; it is typically set in the southwestern part of North America during the late 1880s, but it actually is produced and filmed in Italy or its nearby countries (e.g., Spain or Yugoslavia))
    • found: History of the American cinema, c1990: v. 9, p. 173 (Italian "spaghetti Westerns") p. 177 ("demystifying strain injected into the [Western] genre during the sixties by the Italian 'spaghetti Westerns'")
    • found: Random House Web. unabr. dict., c1997 (spaghetti western: a low-budget western movie shot in Italy or Spain, usually with Italian actors and an American star)
    • found: Am. heritage dict. of the Eng. lang., c2000 (spaghetti Western: a low-budget Western film made by a European, especially an Italian, film company)
    • found: Encarta world Eng. dict., via WWW, Mar. 16, 2001 (spaghetti Western (plural spaghetti Westerns). Western made in Europe: a Western made in Europe, usually Spain by an Italian film company, characterized by extreme and melodramatic violence)
    • found: LC database, Mar. 15, 2001 (ti: Spaghetti westerns : the good, the bad, and the violent : a comprehensive, illustrated filmography of 558 Eurowesterns and their personnel, 1961-1977; Spaghetti westerns : cowboys and Europeans from Karl May to Sergio Leone)
    • found: Lopez, D. Films by genre, 1993 (the majority of Italian Westerns are coproductions filmed in Spain with one or more countries as copartners in the production ... coproducing countries are mainly Spain, Germany and France)
    • found: Wikipedia, May 11, 2012 (Spaghetti Western, also known as Italo-Western, is a nickname for a broad sub-genre of Western films that emerged in the mid-1960s in the wake of Sergio Leone's unique and much copied film-making style and international box-office success, so named by American critics because most were produced and directed by Italians. The term for these films in Italy is western all'italiana (Italian-Style Western); British critics tended to use the label Continental Western to describe these films, and the phrase 'Spaghetti Western' according to actor Aldo Sambrell was originally created by Italian journalist Alfonso Sancha as a derogatory name for this group of films, but has over time become accepted by fans of the films. The language in which the movies were originally released was Italian as well, but as most of the films featured multilingual casts and sound was invariably post-synched, most Westerns all'Italiana do not have an official dominant language. As many of these films were shot in Spain they were also called paella westerns.)
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    • This heading is used as a topical heading for works about Western films usually produced or co-produced by Italian companies and filmed in Europe. When used as a topical heading it is subdivided by the appropriate geographic, topical, and/or form subdivisions.
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    • 2001-03-15: new
    • 2012-09-12: revised
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