‘Spaghetti with Your Western’ Theme of Film Series Opening This Week

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 7, 2006 – “Spaghetti With Your Western” is the theme of the Criminal Justice/Sociology Film Series opening this week at Southeast Missouri State University.

The series continues with a selection of movies celebrating motion pictures produced in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s, which redefined the nature of the American western film. Initially dismissed by critics, the films became known as “Spaghetti Westerns,” and their popularity with the public changed the way the western film was envisioned thematically, visually and musically.

Often edited for U.S. release, original versions have recently started to appear along with an increase in critical appreciation. More than 600 were produced, and the series will screen a Spaghetti classic as well as examples of several Spaghetti sub-genres.

All films in the series will be shown at 6 p.m. in Parker Hall, Room 108. Admission is free. The series is sponsored by the Criminal Justice Association, the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology, and media partner KRCU 90.9 FM Southeast Public Radio.

Those who attend each film will be entered into a drawing scheduled after the last film in the series, “My Name is Nobody,” on April 24. The winner will receive a DVD box set of “Reno 911, Season 2” or an alternate video prize.

Films in the series are as follows:

Feb. 9:  “For a Few Dollars More” (1965/1967 (U.S.))This film is the finest of all Spaghettis. Focusing on violence, revenge and greed, “For a Few Dollars More” has everything associated with the genre. This 130-minute film is directed by Sergio Leone and features Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef.

March 1: “The Big Gundown” (1966/1968 (U.S.))This film is one of the first in the political sub-genre. It is generally considered the best non-Leone Spaghetti. “The Big Gundown” is a 105-minute film featuring Van Cleef and Tomas Milan.

March 28: “The Five Man Army” (1970)This 105-minute film is an American Spaghetti filmed in Spain with an Italian   crew and a cast headed by two American television actors, Peter Graves and James Daly.

April 24: “My Name is Nobody” (1974)This 130-minute film is the best of the comedy Spaghettis and features Terence Hill and Henry Fonda.

For more information on the series, contact Dr. Peter Hirschburg, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology, at (573) 651-2680.