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SPAGHETTI WESTERN TRILOGY
June 13, 2018  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

A Fistful of Dollars, when it was released in 1964, was called a “spaghetti Western” at the time because it emanated from Italy. It was a dismissive description then, but was a major triumph for all involved – banding together some artists who, collectively, would help redefine the Western for a new generation, There’s Clint Eastwood, on the run from the American TV Western Rawhide, as a strong, silent, often shady gunman. There’s Ennio Morricone, invoking for the first time his anachronistic yet somehow perfect musical mélange of whistles, grunts and other sounds into a weirdly unforgettable film score. And there’s director Sergio Leone, helming a Western for the first time. Watch it tonight at 8 ET on TCM – then stay tuned for the sequels, also directed by Leone, with music by Morricone, and starring Eastwood as The Man with No Name. At 10 p.m. ET, there’s 1965’s For a Few Dollars More, followed at 12:30 a.m. ET by the true masterpiece, 1968’s The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.

 
 
 
 
 
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