So the spaghetti westerns are famous for being cynical, ultra-violent, poignant, sometimes even vile counterpart to traditional American westerns, but if someone is looking for sentimentality and tenderness in them where could it be found?
When I thought about it, I’ve realized that the master of sentimentality in SWs, was, well the Master himself. From slaying of the Madonna with a child, through Colonel’s background story, the bridge and the cigarette in dying soldier’s mouth, Tuco’s brother, all the flashbacks with gentles Morricone music (that give even villain like El Indio human side), Jill, the slaughter at the farm, Cheyenne’s farewell, etc. Leone managed to put moments that give us lump in a throat in his movies. And of course sentimentality (not comedy) is a calling card of My Name is Nobody.
Twillight SWs are more interested in this kind of stuff than earlier breed which was more into fun & action, but I very rarely find them emotionally engaging as aforementioned Leone’s stuff.
What do you think?
(and if similar topic already exists, I give up )