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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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Pietro Germi, Hybridity and the Roots of the Italo-Western

Pietro Germi, Hybridity and the Roots of the Italo-Western

(p.49) Chapter 2 Pietro Germi, Hybridity and the Roots of the Italo-Western
Spaghetti Westerns at the Crossroads

Pasquale Iannone

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines Western tropes in Italian cinema's ‘neorealist’ phase. Taking as key case studies In the Name of the Law (In nome della legge, Pietro Germi, 1949) and The Bandit of Tacca del Lupo (Il brigante di Tacca del Lupo, Pietro Germi, 1952), it explores the complex ways in which Germi worked references to American genres into his work, thereby debunking approaches presupposing an Italian neorealism separated from ‘popular’ cinema, and demonstrating an oft-overlooked precursor to the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s and 1970s. Identifying in Germi's two films a representational equivalence between the Italian South and the American West, the chapter charts a lineage of tales of banditry that blended the international and the local.

Keywords:   Italian cinema, Western tropes, neorealism, Pietro Germi, Spaghetti Westernm banditry, American West, Italian South

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