When it comes to everything you ever wanted to know about spaghetti westerns, the first question would likely be about the name. These types of westerns started popping up in the early 1960s and continued into the middle of the 1970s. The name “spaghetti western” came about because the majority of them were directed and produced by Italians who were frequently associated with other European countries such as Germany and Spain. Foreign critics felt these mainly low-budget films were second-rate to American westerns and tagged them with what was intentionally meant to be a belittling name.
It’s believed that this style of westerns surfaced after the huge success of Sergio Leone’s “A fist Full of Dollars” was released in 1964. In the following two years, Leone released “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” These three films are identified as the “The Dollars Trilogy” and are responsible for paving the way for future spaghetti westerns.
Even though the films weren’t so popular at the time, many of the Spaghetti westerns were ground-breaking with talent; however, in the 1980s the popularity of these westerns increased and the name isn’t used unfavorably anymore. While they are still remembered as spaghetti westerns, in Italy they are now frequently called “western all’italiana” which means westerns Italian style. In addition, it is most interesting that Japan now calls them macaroni westerns.Can’t get enough? There’s more: Life With Father