Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema by Austin FisherRadical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema by Austin Fisher

Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema

byAustin Fisher

Hardcover | September 15, 2011

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Though 1960s European cinema frequently reflected the shifting ideological tides which now characterize the era in the popular imagination, the complex and extensive relationship of the Italian -- or "Spaghetti" -- Western to these political ferments has gone almost entirely unnoticed. Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western fills this gap as the first in-depth analysis of militant political trends in the Italian Western. Providing a detailed, historically-grounded examination of the films of Damiano Damiani, Sergio Sollima and Sergio Corbucci, Austin Fisher reveals how and why these filmmakers responded to international and national events by inscribing Italian Far Left revolutionary doctrine, and a legitimacy of violence, into the genre. Offering fresh perspectives across the Western genre while recasting the Spaghetti’s influential position in exploitation cinema, Fisher brings the genre more firmly into the tradition of European political filmmaking.
Austin Fisher is Lecturer in Media Arts at the University of Bedfordshire. Austin is the "Spaghetti Westerns" editor for the Directory of World Cinema: Italy, has published articles in scholarly journals such as The Italianist and Scope and writes a blog around his research interest at www.austinfisher.me.uk.
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Title:Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian CinemaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.14 × 5.66 × 1.2 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:I.B. Tauris Company Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1848855788

ISBN - 13:9781848855786

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Table of Contents

Introduction * The Backdrop * Imagining America * A Marxist’s Gotta Do What a Marxist’s Gotta Do * The Films * Go West, Comrade! * Violent Mexico * The Legacy * Revolutionising Violence * Conclusion: A Spectrum of Representation