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Posted 4th February 2011 at 09:04 PM by Bringer Of Funerals

My 1st experience with the sub genre of the Spaghetti Western was when I bought the DOLLARS TRILOGY starring the great Clint Eastwood and I have to admit I never knew what a Spag Western was. Obviously I had heard of Westerns eg John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and others and I just thought that was a posh name for a few.

Then I had read deeper into the Western genre and it turned out they were made on a low budget and made in Italy, Spain and Germany. It was an answer to the people who grew tired on the John Wayne good guy a man has to do what a man has to do type of brovardo.

And they wanted something a bit more gritty and violent. Anyway I watched these Dollars films and really enjoyed them.

I then watched RIO BRAVO starring John Wayne and immediatly saw the difference.

I prefered the Spag Westerns because they seemed more realistic, the sweat, they may have had STD's and they needed a good bath. They were out for themselves and they didnt care who they shot.

Where John Wayne had clothes that looked like they were Daz washed.

I then watched ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST which was a Spag Western to a degree and I enjoyed it but I prefered the Dollars films.

The music in them too was brilliant where the music in American Westerns seemed old and cheesy.

Death Rides A Horse was next and that was a good western too. Last night I watched DJANGO and I understood why everyone raves about the film. It was brutal, the town was covered in mud.

Lets be honest here John Wayne, Garry Cooper etc whould not survive in the Spag West. It was a brutal way of life.

So that's why I prefer Spag Westerns to American Westerns
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    I was going to buy the Sergio Leone trilogy on Blu-Ray but went against it after hearing about the mixed reactions concerning the transfer quality. As you said, the films themselves are all fantastic westerns, definitely a complete far-cry from the American interpretation of the genre - which only more recently went gritty with the likes of Tombstone and Appaloosa.

    Saying that my favourite western is still either High Noon (the antagonist to Rio Bravo) or Death Rides a Horse, for the Lee Van Cleef factor. The latter is in public domain now, so you should be able to legally watch it online for free. You probably already know this I'm guessing though.
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