Through a Foreign Lens: Spaghetti Westerns and Their Legacy

Few things are seemingly as “American” as the Western film, its archetypes and essence touching myriad other genres and influencing the very essence of storytelling across the medium of filmmaking. Yet, the Western is not an entirely American invention, and some of the most iconic films of the genre were made not by American filmmakers but by those of Italian descent. The genre did not end with the Italian filmmakers of the 1970s but continues today-- the foreign Western a regular staple at the film festival circuit. These films give us a vision of our own history with a fresh perspective. Films may include: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars, Once Upon a Time in the West, Django, My Name is Nobody, The Great Silence, The Salvation , and Slow West. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email sps.cala@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7289.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A familiarity with notable Spaghetti Westerns and the American films they influenced
  • An understanding of the history of the Spaghetti Western
  • Knowledge about Italian and American films from the 1970s to the present

Ideal for

  • Movie Buffs
  • Media and Culture Professionals
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