Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Franco Giraldi on the death of the Italian Western

Franco Giraldi: The Western became bloated and buried through the abuse our productions had inflicted on it, by the nearly endless series of half-baked entertainments that almost immediately started to pop out of the oven. And it was a great shame, because more than anything, the Western is a magnificent vessel which one can fill with an infinity of things; from Greek tragedy to Shakespearian drama to psychology, everything, everything. And furthermore, it's the quintessence of cinema in its innocent state. Within its parameters, with its solitary heroes, its elemental conflicts, one could have worked numerous fine variations, and in my opinion, have come up with well-made commercial product that would never bore the public, and at times be expressively made. Its demise was just the latest crime of our production system...


  1. Here's my stab at bringing it back to life - check out my Spaghetti Western Concept Rap album, "Showdown at the BK Corral", It's basically a Spaghetti Western over 9 tracks. I'd love to hear what you think of it! You can download it for free at sunsetparkriders.com and feel free to post/embed!

  2. As a teenager I LIKED SO MUCH THOSE WESTERNS that came from Italy. The heroes were filthy, cruel but with pride and justice. Todays film heroes have nothing with justice and real fight and always come with some woman in the film. It sucks.