Franco Nero stars in Sergio Corbucci’s 'Django'

The original ‘Django’ on Amazon Prime

Along with Sergio Leone’s Clint Eastwood trilogy, Sergio Corbucci’s Django (1966), starring Italian hunk Franco Nero as the gritty mercenary who drags a coffin behind him, was one of the films that set the tone and attitude and style spaghetti westerns. Wandering a desolate desert of ghost towns and miserable frontier dropouts under the bootheels […]

James Garner and Jack Elam star in Burt Kennedy's comedy western

Blu-ray: ‘Support Your’ James Garner double feature on Twilight Time

Support Your Local Sheriff / Support Your Local Gunfighter (Twilight Time, Blu-ray) – James Garner established himself as a natural for the comic western with the TV series Maverick, playing the reluctant hero who avoided conflict and gunplay with charm, wit, and a con-man’s knack for keeping his opponents off balance. The brought that sensibility […]

Mads Mikkelson, Eva Green, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in Kristian Levring's revenge western 'The Salvation.'

‘The Salvation’ – Frontier vengeance on Netflix and Showtime

The Salvation (2014) a Danish production starring Mads Mikkelson as a peaceful settler driven to violence, is a frontier drama, revenge western, immigrant story, gangster film, and brutal capitalist fable. It could be Danish filmmaker Kristian Levring’s answer to the spaghetti western (this one shot in South Africa with American landscapes CGIed into the background) […]

Lou Castel stars in Carlo Lizzano 's cult spaghetti western

‘Requiescant’ – The spaghetti revolution on Amazon Prime

Requiescant (Italy, 1967) is a revolutionary allegory in a spaghetti western, a genre that proved to be fertile ground for socio-political commentary such filmmakers as Sergio Solima (Face to Face, 1967) and Damiano Damiani (A Bullet for the General, 1966). In a 2010 interview, filmmaker Carlo Lizzani remarked that the Italian government used the leverage […]

Franco Nero stars in 'Man, Pride and Vengeance,' a spaghetti western based on 'Carmen' co-starring Tina Aumont and Klaus Kinski

‘Man, Pride and Vengeance’ – ‘Carmen’ as spaghetti western on Amazon Prime

Man, Pride and Vengeance (1967) – There were hundreds of spaghetti westerns produced by Italian studios in the sixties and early seventies. Only a small percentage of them were particularly good, and fewer still genuinely great. You’d think we’d be running out of discoveries by now but Man, Pride and Vengeance (1967), from director Luigi […]