Saturday, December 13, 2008

Spaghetti West

I just watched a documentary that aired on IFC early this morning and which I DVDed called The Spaghetti West. Got this cool screen cap.

This is not from a movie. This is Van Cleef discussing a scene with some other actors. A vital bit of information to show that he actually did smoke a pipe and didn't just use it for a screen prop.

Now I have a list of more westerns that I need to look out for. I like both American and Italian westerns, for different reasons. The American westerns generally appeal to my more idealistic side; the Italian westerns to my naturally cynical nature.

This documentary also reminded me of a movie I haven't thought of in a long, long time: They Call Me Trinity. I saw that movie when I was in second grade and thought it was the best movie I'd ever seen. I wonder how it would look now. I saw it that one time only. I think I might have seen one of the sequels, but I'm not sure.

Anyhoo, check it out if you have an interest in Italian westerns. In 60 minutes (no commercials) they cover the entire genre from beginning to (arguably, perhaps) end.


  1. From Noon Till Three is an great western in my opinion, nut standard.

  2. I remember They Call Me Trinity! I was a kid, too, when I saw that, and I also wonder if it holds up after all these years.

  3. I was in my late teens, and enjoyed it greatly. It would be even funnier now that you are an adult. There were one or two others that were about Trinity and his brother; all were a hoot.

  4. I caught 'They Call Me Trinity' & 'Trinity Is Still My Name' some time back as a Saturday afternoon double feature. I forget which channel...

    Anyway, they were still good, but I would have been equally amused by 4 hours of 'Wild Wild West' or 'Alias Smith & Jones'.