Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Essential Spaghetti Western Library

Dizionario del Western All’Italiana

Marco Giusti
Mondadori Printing Italy
695 pages

This excellent book was created using information from the files of RAI by Marco Giusti, in conjunction with the 2008 Venus Film Festival’s salute to the Spaghetti Western. This book is one of the best available on the Spaghetti Western genre. Having no photos does not distract from its strictly scholarly effort covering the westerns and listing alternate titles, crew, stars and characters played. It has a brief discussion of all the films included and as a bonus it covers all of the Turkish westerns of the period. I reference this book constantly and although written in Italian it is easy to understand and should be on every Spaghetti fans bookshelf.


  1. I've been meaning to get this one, especially since it seems to have (as far as I can tell) the most comprehensive spaghetti credit listing. Any particular source you'd recommend to order this one from Tom?

  2. Anthony I bought mine at here's the direct link to the site and book.

    Play around with the site because it's all in Italian. Delibery is usually 2-4 weeks.

  3. Thanks Tom, just ordered it. I think it'll be quite useful.

  4. I bought this book while in Venice in 2007 and it has been my 'bible' ever since. Giusti knows his stuff and it is, as Tom said, a truly scholarly work. I'd recommend it to any serious fan.