I've had questions about Giré's book, and a while ago I wrote these brief notes (they might help you to make a choice):
[i](I still have to write a review of the book, so you'll have to settle for a few brief notes:)
Well, it looks very good. To begin with, it's a very large book: 29 x 21 cm, hard cover, 590 pages
There are tons of photos, full colour, black & White, stills, posters, all shiny and wonderfull : it's the largest collections of photos (on this subject) you'll ever see
It lists all (or virtually all) European westerns, including Turkish westerns, films made for TV, Hollywood westerns shot in Europe etc. There are chapters on arms, themes, characters, towns, locations, the directors, composers, actors etc. There are also indexes of names, titles etc. All this is well done, although films are sometimes not so easy to retrace. They’re listed chronologically, and the index is not complete. Often both the French and the original Italian or Spanish title is listed, but this is not always the case.
Still this is all very good. Then the bad news: virtually all films are listed, but only a small part of them is reviewed. Giré usually gives a short synopsis plus cast & crew, but only in a lmited number of cases, an evaluation is added. In this aspect the book falls short. If you’re looking for extensive info on movies, read either Giusti, Cox or this site.
When Giré reviews a movie, his info is useful (his texts on general aspects of the genre are informative too, he’s a good writer), and he has added chapters on the three Sergios – with an evaluation of individual movies - that are very good.
So if you’re looking for a glossy photo book with some informative texts, this is your book, but if you’re expecting an analysis of as many films as possible, you might be disappointed.[/i]