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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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Emancipation all’italiana: Giuseppe Colizzi and the Representation of African Americans in Italian Westerns

Emancipation all’italiana: Giuseppe Colizzi and the Representation of African Americans in Italian Westerns

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(p.103) Chapter 5 Emancipation all’italiana: Giuseppe Colizzi and the Representation of African Americans in Italian Westerns
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Spaghetti Westerns at the Crossroads
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Lee Broughton

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748695454.003.0006

This chapter offers an alternative take on representations of ethnicity in the Spaghetti Western. In particular, it examines its representations of African Americans, and asks what this might tell us about the politics of race in Italy and the USA in the 1960s. It focuses on the content of two Italian Westerns directed by Giuseppe Colizzi: Ace High (I quattro dell'Ave Maria, 1968) and Boot Hill (La collina degli stivali, 1969). It argues that local historical, cultural, and political circumstances resulted in the Italian Western introducing progressive representations of African Americans out West that prefigured the appearance of similarly progressive representations in American Western.

Keywords:   American Western, Spaghetti Western, ethnicity, African Americans, race, Giuseppe Colizzi

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