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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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Spectacles of Insurgency: Witnessing the Revolution as Incoherent Text

Spectacles of Insurgency: Witnessing the Revolution as Incoherent Text

(p.89) Chapter 4 Spectacles of Insurgency: Witnessing the Revolution as Incoherent Text
Spaghetti Westerns at the Crossroads

David Hyman

Patrick Wynne

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents the authors' response to Austin Fisher's analysis of the popular politics of the Spaghetti Western (Fisher 2011). Taking A Professional Gun (Il mercenario, Sergio Corbucci, 1968) as their key example, they argue that the ‘incoherence’ identified as a political weakness of this filone's ‘insurgency’ variant is rather a manifestation of decontextualised transnational bricolage that, by blurring the boundary between ‘text’ and ‘paratext’, allows us to appreciate the possibilities open to an audience for creative participation within revolutionary discourses. The film is therefore read as a temporal dislocation that exists within images of the Mexican Revolution, and as a conduit through which a plurality of fluid meanings open up for the fomenting of a revolutionary sensibility.

Keywords:   Spaghetti Western, popular politics, Austin Fisher, Sergio Corbucci, Mexican Revolution

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