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This IFC original documentary celebrates the history of the spaghetti western--the wildly popular genre of cinema classics of the 1960s created by Italy's finest filmmakers. Americans may have lost interest in Western pictures after the 1950s, but their European cousins carried on the tradition of the Wild West horse opera in hundreds of productions over subsequent decades. The Spaghetti West explores the genre's rise and continued popularity over three decades with rare footage from dozens of classic Italian westerns, original trailers, and insightful interviews with cast and crew, including Clint Eastwood, Ennio Morricone, Ferdinando Baldi, Sergio Corbucci and Damiano Damiani.
From A Fistful of Dollars to The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and countless others, this highly praised tribute restores the spaghetti western to its rightful place in film history.
The spaghetti western manages to attract an impressively wide group of film fans, ranging from scholarly types to viewers who simply like to see a good shoot 'em up. Here, the IFC channel celebrates the genre and talks to many people involved in its evolution, such as Ennio Morricone and Clint Eastwood.