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Any Gun Can Play: The Essential Guide to Euro-Westerns
The success of Sergio Leone's 'Dollars' trilogy in the '60s sparked a gold rush, as a legion of European film-makers - many of them sharing the get-rich-quick mentality of Leone's mercenary anti-heroes - followed the master's lead to create some of the wildest Westerns ever made. Cynical and stylish, bloody and baroque, Euro-Westerns replaced straight-shooting sheriffs and ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published August 15th 2011 by FAB Press
(first published October 28th 2010)
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A richly detailed and highly researched guide to "Euro-Westerns"; commonly known as "spaghetti westerns" to North American audiences. The author Kevin Grant has created an encyclopedia of movies, actors, and directors of this movie sub-genre including the famous (including...Django, The Dollars Trilogy, Once Upon A Time In The West, Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, Clint Eastwood, Franco Nero), the infamous (including...Cutthroats Nine, Four Of The Apocalypse, The Great Silence)and the obscure (in ...more
Mr. Grant's work on the Euro Western is the Definitive volume since Christopher Frayling's work, Spaghetti Westerns: Cowboys and Europeans from Karl May to Sergio Leone. This book goes into detail on just about every aspect of the "Spaghetti" or Euro Western. Grant covers the history of the film genre then delves into aspects such as politics, history, relationships, influences, and other factors that went into the making of the major Euro Westerns. The pictures in it are wonderful too, Grant pr ...more
Informative and obviously well researched book on the subject. The essential guide to Euro Westerns would be the correct name as this is exactly what it is- he covers German and Spanish westerns and other hybrid efforts along with the classic Italian ones. An excellent book that cannot be recommended enough to fans!