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Star Spangled Spaghetti And Meatballs: Italian Cinema, Classic Western Iconography, And The International Struggle Over Genre Ownership.

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Star-Spangled Spaghetti and Meatballs:Italy, Identification, and the International Struggle over Genre Ownership.When one envisions all of the magnificent sights Italy has to behold, many images might spring to mind, such as Roman coliseums, a gondola peacefully cruising the canals of Venice, or numerous scenes from Sparticus (Stanley Kubrick, 1960) . With all of this historic grandeur, one may question the reasoning behind the infatuation much of the world had with one of Italy's odder phenomenon's, "The Spaghetti Western", a style of film making which has little basis in the more "literal" historical assumptions about Italy's culture. On the many busts of Caesar which adorn Rome, and beyond, nary a Stetson hat is to be found, and one can imagine that Michelangelo's masterpiece "David" would have been a very different vision of a man if he were wearing spurs. Yet amidst all of these contradictions, lies one of Italy's more complex art forms. Among all of this post-war confusion which reshaped much of Italian culture as the country attempted to redefine itself in the wake of Fascism, "The Spaghetti Western" represented a filmic revaluation of the past in an attempt to define the new face of Italy as strong and distinct. "The Spaghetti Western" was so quintessentially Italian, because it provided a unique insight into the mindset of a culture in transition, bridging the gap between the neo-realistic form of Italian filmmaking, and a that which provided a revisionist historical revaluation of the post-war struggles of the "common" Italian.Because of its easily identifiable characteristics The Western genre served as the ideal venue for the presentation of many of the challenges encountered by Italy as it strived to reach its goal of a contemporary identity. In the middle of shootouts in town squares, the building of railroads, and gangs of outlaws on horseback, these films contained a complex examination of such milestones in the post-war identity of Italy, as the downfall of Fascism, the rural exodus, and the trials and tribulations encountered among the mirage of prosperity known as the economic miracle. Considering all of these factors, it seems that there is little coincidence in the correlation between the release of the first "Spaghetti Western" and the apex of the "Golden Age of Italian Cinema". As it evolved, the "Spaghetti Western" became not only one of the most critically and commercially lauded forms of Italian filmmaking, but also that which re-defined genre mastery, and showcased the Italian people's increasing dominance over global culture, even influencing those who originally laid claim to both the historical and creative ownership of the western genre. In its essence "The Spaghetti Western" was magnificently subversive, stylistically innovative, and perhaps one the most important pre-cursors to the radical independent style of filmmaking of the late 1960s and early 1970s.To understand the wide commercial appeal of the "Spaghetti...

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