New monograph on Tonino Valerii, written by Roberto Curti (Il mio nome è nessuno. Lo spaghetti western secondo Tonino Valerii, 2008), published by McFarland. Foreword by Christopher Frayling, afterword by Ernesto Gastaldi.
Tonino Valerii directed five Westerns, from 1966 to 1973: Per il gusto di uccidere, I giorni dell’ira, Il prezzo del potere, Una ragione per vivere e una per morire and Il mio nome è Nessuno. In the video interview “Money, Myths and Morality: Roberto Curti on the Westerns of Tonino Valerii” (on the Arrow Films BD/DVD of Day of Anger, 2015), Curti outlines his viewpoint: “[…] Valerii’s style is very interesting because, unlike other Italian filmmakers who worked within genre, Valerii has never been a filmmaker who imposed his own style on the story he was telling. On the contrary, he submitted himself totally to the story. So he’s less recognizable than other filmmakers. He’s not showy. He does not want to make you say, ‘Oh, what a genius this is!’ In this sense, he’s a more classical filmmaker, he’s more like Raoul Walsh, I mean, something like from the old-style Hollywood. […] In a way, if [the] Italian Western is a postmodernist genre, we can say that Valerii was [one of] the more classical […] postmodernists.”