Last week prolific conductor Ennio Morricone died at the age of 91. The beloved master of sound rose to prominence after composing the stirring scores for Sergio Leone films “The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly,” “For a Few Dollars More,” and “A Fistful of Dollars.” As a result, Morricone became synonymous with the ‘Spaghetti Western’ sub-genre.
What is a Spaghetti Western? What distinguishes a Spaghetti Western film from a regular old Western film? Does it have anything to do with the popular Italian dish? This video from Neon Cinema answers all of these pressing questions and dives deep into the grim history behind the origin of Spaghetti Westerns. Check it out above to learn about the genre’s signature trademarks and surprising modern-day iterations.