Monday, April 12, 2010

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo y Navajo Joe

There are many differences between spaghetti westerns and classic westerns. Some revolve around the making of the film, location, producers, directors and actors. Others revolve around the plot, and the characters. First the locations of the film in Spaghetti westerns usually are filmed in low-priced backdrops that resemble the American Southwest, like Sardinia or Abruzzo. The second factor is usually the director’s nationality in a classic western is American, while Spaghetti westerns typically have Italian directors. In both movies the directors are Italian, Sergio Corbucci and Sergio Leone. Lastly the actors, are primarily Italian or Spanish with one primary American actor, like Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Burt Reynolds in Navaho Joe. The plots differ; classic westerns usually deal with the conflict of Indians (savages) with the cowboys (civilized). While Spaghetti westerns plots gyrate towards the Mexican Revolution, Mexican bandits, and the border between Mexico and the U.S. In the Good, The Bad and The Ugly,Tuco (The ugly) is a Mexican bandit who is trying to get the gold, also the film is filmed on the backdrop of the civil war. In Navaho Joe, his village gets murdered, and so does his wife. He sets off to get revenge for his wife. This is also a classic western because it focuses on the other instead of the cowboys. From a cultural studies perspective, it is evident that most Italian producers focus on the plight of the Spanish speaking public, and their attitudes towards the American culture. They try to humanize characters from the (other) that most classic westerns ignore.

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