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Spaghetti Westerns at the CrossroadsStudies in Relocation, Transition and Appropriation$
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Austin Fisher

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748695454

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748695454.001.0001

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The Quiet Man Gets Noisy: Sergio Leone, the Italian Western and Ireland1

The Quiet Man Gets Noisy: Sergio Leone, the Italian Western and Ireland1

(p.13) Chapter 1 The Quiet Man Gets Noisy: Sergio Leone, the Italian Western and Ireland1
Spaghetti Westerns at the Crossroads

Christopher Frayling

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter questions conceptions of ‘authenticity’ by looking at how Italian Westerns responded to well-established ethnic images within Hollywood Westerns, which were themselves ‘inauthentic’ in the first place: those of ‘Irishness’. As Italians forged their own interpretation of the Western myth, transposing numerous elements from Hollywood while cutting the genre adrift from its nation-building imperative, it asks, in what form did the Hollywood genre's ubiquitous negotiation with a stereotyped Irish ethnicity survive, and what significance did this hold in this cultural moment? Taking Sergio Leone's Duck, You Sucker! (Giù la testa, 1971) as a key case study, it charts the labyrinthine intertextual journey through Hollywood's representations of Irish culture on which Leone and his crew embarked The chapter concludes that in the Italian Western, ‘Irishness’ exists as part of a larger signifying structure surrounding a reworked, magnified and updated cinematic imaginary, rather than a purposeful reference to contemporary events in Ireland.

Keywords:   Spaghetti Western, Italian Western, Irishness, Ireland, Sergio Leone

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