Saturday, February 4, 2012

New Book Release

Official Press Release:

Film Researcher Brings Back a Rowdy Bunch of Big Screen Heroes

Author James Prickette crafts a unique and indispensable reference book delving deeper into the lives of men who once graced the Spaghetti Westerns era in cinema

East Coast, Fla. – Once upon a time in the West, a young man named Sergio Leone rode into town. Later on, he came to revolutionize the film industry worldwide and started out a new brand of genre, dubbed both by critics and fans as spaghetti Western movies. This genre phenomenon began in Europe, primarily in Italy during 1964, and lasted approximately some ten years into the 1970s. Author James Prickette brings back the cynical morality tales of the said genre in Actors of the Spaghetti Westerns.

Spaghetti Westerns is a term tagged to the Italian film genre by fans across the world. This phenomenon era came into existence between mid-1960s to the 1970s. This new film era seemed to welcome all comers of actors. Many from in and around Europe, but also Americans came from across the big pond to join the action. Their participation would lend a more authentic feel to the films, relating to the American Old West.

This revitalized genre, now coupled with colorful wide-screen action was sometimes sprinkled with maniacal violence that brought realism into a fantasy setting never seen by aficionados before.

Within the pages of Actors of the Spaghetti Westerns, Prickette wishes to enlighten the general public as to the origins, the accomplishments, and finally a clearer overlook on the subject of the Italian Western phenomenon and the men who made them.

He further wrote, “Herein are some of the well-known and lesser-known actors who were in some way directly responsible, along with the Italian filmmakers, for the success of these new action Westerns. These were men and women from all walks of life brought together for one objective: to make movies, lots of movies. Not just any movies, but a different type of Western movie for the era.”

As a dedicated film researcher and collector, the Author craftily compiles twenty-two of the popular actors of the Spaghetti Westerns era and charts the careers of the likes of Clint Eastwood, Klaus Kinski and Lee Van Cleef. It also scrutinizes the most popular offerings of the genre, like the Dollar trilogy to the more obscure ones such as Sabata. Actors of the Spaghetti Westerns is certainly a unique and indispensable reference book delving deeper into the rowdy bunch of cult classics that invaded cinema and the world.

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About the Author
James Prickette was born in Georgia. He was raised and continues to live in Florida. He worked construction during his early years, advancing into trades and then to consulting work in later years.  He grew up as an avid fan of 1950’s TV westerns which in turn welcomed the ‘60’s era Spaghetti westerns with open arms, and has been a true fan ever since. Married twice, Prickette continues to live with second wife near his two children, they now have eight grandchildren.

Actors of the Spaghetti Westerns* by James Prickette
Publication Date: January 20, 2012
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 543 pages; 978-1-4691-4427-6
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 543 pages; 978-1-4691-4428-3
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4691-4429-0

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