A Taste for Spaghetti Westerns

blog_coxIn the Financial Times arts section, filmmaker and critic Alex Cox — who is also a contributor to STOP SMILING and a one-time interviewee (read his conversation in 2008’s Expatriate Issue here — published an intriguing mash note to Italian Westerns, catered to those who are, to borrow Cox’s phrase, “spaghettily inclined.” The piece, which can be found here, explores how an English schoolboy in the mid-Sixties was drawn to the “mad-boy stuff” and “psychos and testosterone freaks” depicted in the films of Sergio Corbucci, Carlo Lizzani and the great Sergio Leone. The uglier, the better.