June 7, 2021
Some prefer to call them “Italian westerns”, in Japan they call them “Macaroni Westerns” and in Germany “Italowestern”. Among all the most used term is certainly “Spaghetti-Westerns”, coined in the first half of the sixties and in vogue until the second half of the seventies. A name to define a genre that became a symbol of a way of making cinema, of a period all over the world and even evoked certain soundtracks with unmistakable sounds. Initially the name 'spaghetti western' had a haughty meaning, given by foreign critics to the genre, to insinuate the inferiority of Italian films compared to American westerns.