US, UK and a few others are consistent but Italy seems the most unpredictable. Finland’s high placings are kind of a surprise.
I am somewhat surprised that France is on neither of these lists.
I’m a relatively new and young fan of spaghetti westerns and the western genre in general, got into it back in 2015-2016 right after i started diving deep into cinema at age 14, and learned that my favorite director, Quentin Tarantino, was heavily inspired by Sergio Leone’s monumental work, and used many of Ennio Morricone’s soundtracks from spaghetti westerns on his movies
Westerns soon became my favorite film genre, bonded with my dad over them and watched alot of movies with him back then, mostly spaghettis
I also used to lurk here alot back when i was learning about the SW/Eurowestern subgenre
Spaghetti westerns in my opinion have an unique edge and atmosphere that to this day very few movies outside of that camp been able to replicate, hard to describe, it drew me in immediately
Found my way back here (and now decided to finally make an account) after my interest in westerns (that never really went away to be honest) was reignited by Golden Kamuy, a japanese manga that i’ve been reading since last year, which has tons of references to spaghetti westerns, the author, Satoru Noda, being visibly very influenced by them, even calling his work an ‘yaminabe western’. My profile picture is a character from this book.
My Top 5 at this moment, not including the Dollars Trilogy or Once Upon A Time In The West (which i consider them to be some of the greatest films of all time) since they would obviously take much of the space, would be
1 - The Big Gundown
2 - Fistful Of Dynamite
3 - Face To Face
4 - The Mercenary
5 - Death Rides A Horse
Sorry for the wall of text haha guess ill just stop here
Greetings from Brazil.
Welcome to the forum Lagos.
Glad to hear you are enjoying these films with your dad.
New guy reporting in…
Michael from Ohio/ USA . Long time Western fan, Spaghetti or not.
Looked here for a while, decided to join the gang.
A thank you to Sebastian for the help getting here.
am very please to be there
Welcome and greetings from New Jersey USA!!!
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Also welcome @hlim431 !
Very interesting to hear your response to SWs, because I’m sure many of us who grew up with them wonder how much of our enthusiasm is nostalgic. Nice to know how you picked up on the unique atmosphere, because that does seem to be what sets them apart. The best of them have a kind of lyrical quality created by the synthesis of music and visuals which you rarely get in other genres. I think Laurence Staig got it right with his title Italian Western: The Opera of Violence. Their operatic aesthetic can make other plot and technical deficiencies rather irrelevant.
Hi I’m Andreas, nice to be here!
Welcome Andreas, there’s plenty of cool stuff to see and read.
Welcome Andreas - I see u are AFFODynamite fan:cowboy_hat_face:
Greetings everyone, glad to be a part of this community. Been enjoying the site for ten years … thought it high time to saddle-up and participate and join in on occasion - I’m plenty opinionated, and have plentiful respect for the opinions of others. Luckily, thanks to DVD/Blu-ray releases, and enough disposable income, I’ve had the chance to watch most of the films discussed on here. It.s maybe a little crazy how much I enjoy many of these - I think it’s the escapism of the genre that attracts me most strongly … love the crazy violence, incredibly rugged landscapes, beautiful horses and women (though there could be more women/female nudity … a little more sex to go along with the violence, IMO.)
Much fine writing here that I’ve enjoyed for years. I like the Top 20 lists - my own would differ quite a bit. I’ve found some universally - praised films to be a bore, or at least hugely overrated. And, derided or little-mentioned works have often pleased me mightily. I’m bound to express some controversial opinions from time to time, but they’ll be honest, and not intended to inflame or annoy - just looking for good discussions, or an interesting insight that might - conceivably. - change my view on something or the other.
I salute all those who have contributed to this remarkable site - a welcome respite from everyday worries … like a full canteen found unexpectedly on a desert trail.
That would be interesting I think to hear more about !
welcome on board, thomas! first round is on me
Thank you most kindly.