Hmmm…That is an interesting question. I’ve always gone by the crew of the film, the major financiers, and the supporting and secondary cast. To me, if the majority of the cast and crew were Italian, the main producers and backers were Italian, etc., then I consider the film an Italian language production. Now granted many of the films made in the SW genre were Italian/Spanish/German co-production, but again I go by the director, the writers, and so on. The same goes for the Spanish and German Westerns as well. Arrow Video has done some SW’s on Blu Ray, and all of them include the original Italian audio with translated English subtitles. Many SW Blu Rays and DVDs from Germany include the Italian audio track as well, though the majority of them don’t include English subtitles. Because I’ve seen so many Italian language films since my College days, I have a basic understanding of the language and can watch them without subtitles.
This was a really interesting post, I always thought I was the only one on the forum who viewed the SWs as originally Italian language productions. Thanks.