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Histories & Contexts of Cinema: Spaghetti westerns - the good, the bad and the beautiful


Course Information

Spaghetti Western

This course is perfect for both the devoted fans of the genre and complete newcomers.

Initially criticized for being a cheap imitation of the American western, the 1960s Italian western subverted and revolutionized the genre. Introducing irony, cynicism, black humour, sadistic violence, cartoonish action, and leftist overtones, it became a world phenomenon. It kept on surprising the public with its gradually increasing eccentricity, while also mirroring its troubled historical times, defined by growing crime and unemployment rates, riots, police brutality and corruption scandals.

This course evaluates the spaghetti western in all its glory. It focuses on its unusual evolution and historical context, but also enormous flexibility which resulted in the production of truly peculiar hybrids, combining the western with the elements of gothic horror or the kung-fu film. We will discuss the most famous and the most obscure spaghetti westerns in equal matters, using numerous film extracts to illustrate the analysed content.

Course Code

LLLHistories&Contexts of Cinema Spaghetti Westerns

Course Leader

Marcin Zembrzuski
Course Description


This 6-week course will take place in person on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm starting on 24th April 2024 and finishing on 29th May 2024.

Please see our price list below:

Histories & Contexts of Cinema: Spaghetti westerns - the good, the bad and the beautiful

  • Standard price - £115.00
  • Staff/student/alumni price - £100.00

Bookings for this course will close on 17th April 2024.

Please note: if you select the staff/student/alumni price option, you must use an online store account that has been set up with your University email address and fill out your University staff, student or alumni ID number when prompted as part of the questionnaire data section.

When booking a course please do consult our Terms and Conditions which set out our cancellation and refund policy. Please note, that should we need to move teaching online, you will not be entitled to any refund other than those already set out in our Terms and Conditions.

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Histories and Contexts of Cinema: Spaghetti Westerns - the good, the bad and the beautiful : Wednesday 24/04/2024 to 29/05/2024, 7pm to 9pm, Avenue Campus
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