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WORTH ALL THE GOLD IN FORT YUMA!!!,
This review is from: Any Gun Can Play: The Essential Guide to Euro-Westerns (Paperback)
This is it, THE EURO-WESTERN BIBLE! Long awaited, long overdue, Kevin Grant's tome takes us on a thrilling ride down the corpse-laden Almerian trail. This is not a book full of Spaghetti Western reviews, though many films are well discussed, but rather, an actual history of our beloved genre. And best of all, it's not a book written around the works of Sergio Leone, filling in the empty spaces. Leone gets his due but is not the main focus here. Grant's book is a much researched work of love that covers pre-FISTFUL films, American influences and European, especially Italian Leftist, sensibilities. The book flows chronologically, the main emphises on 1960-76, taking sidesteps to comment on such staples as gunfight/duels, loners/strangers, teachers/students, religion, politics, revolution, weapons of choice, deceptions and hybrid and comedy Westerns. This is a serious but not stuffy read, well written but not impossible to follow, informative yet fun. It's everything we've always wanted in a book about SPAGHETTI/EURO WESTERNS. There's even a complete year by year filmography and a Who's Who biographical A-Z with photos of all those familiar faces we all love to watch getting killed over and over. This is also a very thick book, printed on good paper stock, so it's heavy! And there's also lots of b&w and color photos to boot, most of which you'll probably be seeing for the first time.
Again, this is it amigos. From ACE HIGH to ZORRO THE REBEL and everything in between. Thank you Kevin Grant for granting my wish and writing this book. For everyone else, don't wait around and let this one go out of print. Buy it now!
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Initial post: Oct 29, 2011 4:35:07 PM PDT
Bruce Richard Marshall says:
Does this book cover THE BIG GUNDOWN?
If so, does it deal with the many cuts to the US version and the Franco Cleef reconstruction in any detail
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 4:31:15 AM PST
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Richard J. Oravitz says:
Bruce,...yes the author mentions THE BIG GUNDOWN in a couple dozen references and covers the film in detail in an approx. 4-page discussion. Kevin Grant does appear to be covering the complete film but does not compare different releases of the film by vhs or dvd companies, most of which we know offer horrible & cut versions. I myself have the Franco Cleef version and find it to be excellent and I do believe it to be complete, with very good image quality. Cut scenes are restored in their original Italian language.....Richard.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2012 11:17:36 AM PST
Chris Adamko says:
Richard, Is the Koch release of the Gig Gundown complete?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2012 3:13:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 24, 2012 3:14:40 AM PST
Richard J. Oravitz says:
Chris, I don't have the Koch release but I've read that it's complete though not in English. If you'd like to know more about the Franco Cleef version just google his name...Richard.
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