Sin dólares no hay ataúdes
Author: Rafael de España
Publisher: UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
Pages: 190 pages
Available: June 2019
The production of westerns in Europe was born in Spain around 1962 as an effortless imitation of Hollywood models. But, following the success of For a Fistful of Dollars, it was the Italians who completely remodeled the genre from an iconoclastic perspective that immediately connected with a young audience that no longer believed in the immaculate cowboys and their glorious deeds. What offered the almost 600 westerns rolled on the shores of the Mediterranean between 1964 and 1978? Antiheroes with names as improbable as Django, Sartana or Sabata; extreme adventures that combined exacerbated violence with a cynical humor that never clarified who was the good and who was the bad (although the bankers never belonged to the first group); visual solutions as baroque and hyperbolic as musical backgrounds ...; and, among the extras, the only western directed by a woman and the, also unique, kiss in the mouth between two ferocious gunmen.