Sunday, July 20, 2008
Pulp Spotlight: The Man With No Name
Since I have to skip next week for con reasons, I thought to have a beefy episode today with lot of art and dedicated to a pulp genre I haven't covered yet (as far I remember ;)): the Western!
What better than the Man with no Name, the hero of Sergio Leone's beautiful trilogy, to get the Western rolling? :)
"A fistful of dollars" is the first movie of the so called "trilogy of the dollar" (the other two movies are "For a Few Dollars More", 1965, and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", 1966), directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood.
Masterpiece of the "spaghetti western" genre, A fistful of Dollars is mistakenly considered the first of that genre. Actually there were already western movies made in Europe before 1964, but they weren't as popular or successful. Leone's take reinvented the genre, bringing it back to popularity and re-defining the rules of a good western.
The movie was inspired by the japanese "Yojimbo" (1961) by Akira Kurosawa. SInce it was the first spaghetti western to reach the American market, many members of the cast and crew got a stage name, including the director Leone and the composer Ennio Morricone. In the United States, the United Artists publicity campaign referred to Eastwood's character in all three films as the "Man With No Name".
Pulp Spotlight is the monthly feature where I cover other famous characters that have helped to build the Pulp genre not just on the radio but also in the other media.