[quote=“beteigeuse, post:57, topic:363”]I have to disagree. I’d say, morality is what shows who is the hero in SW (unlike many other films, where you’ve just been told “This is the good guy.”) It’s just that we see this morality shown in an immoral atmosphere where the good guy has to be a lil dirty in order to be realistic. However, SWs have their white princes, e.g. Navajo Joe, Ringo in The Return, Gary O’Hara in One Silver Dollar and even Keoma.
The moral basis of SWs is IMO best shown in Cemetery Without Crosses (the beautiful end, more precisely).[/quote]
I think not. I have a different opinion.
Ok, Gary O’Hara in One Silver dollar has moral. But is this a typical spaghetti western? Not for me. It is an Italian production. But a Western according to American style.
Navajo Joe is not on moral principles. He wants revenge for his murdered family. And Keoma and Ringo have certain moral principles. Nothing more.
Cemetery Without Crosses is a typical example of a selfish way of thinking.
All characters have their own interests. To achieve this, they stop at nothing. Manuel kills people at the beginning of the film, to enter the bonds of Rogers. Maria just wants revenge for her dead husband.
She has no problem that a woman is raped. On the contrary she gives the order. Even if she get doubts.
The Brothers Caine is the revenge for her dead brother regardless. They just want a lot of money over the border.
And in the end only one survived. The daughter of Cain. And she also has no morals. She kills Manuel. Why ? In order to take revenge.