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To which degree were Spaghetti Westerns influenced by Italian Neorealism?

The Spaghetti Western, or Euro-Western, carries the legacy of NeoRealism in its very fabric, yet is a conscious step away from the Historical cynicism and introversion that had entrenched itself ...
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Were there spaghetti westerns with a 'Man with no Name' before the Leone (non)-trilogy?

I have at least a partial answer myself (even though I'd like to hear others): The direct inspiration for the Man with No Name character seems to have been the character of Sanjuro Kuwabatake, in the ...
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Were cowboy stories popular before movies?

I've decided to put my comment as an answer, since it might get more to the point of the original question. In the mid-to-late 1800s, tales of cowboys both famous and infamous were filtering into the ...
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Has anybody ever invented a rationale for the quick-draw duel of western films?

The fast draw in films was inspired by some real life accounts The object of fast draw as a combative sport is to quickly draw one's pistol and fire with the most accuracy. The sport has been ...
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Old western set in a cavalry outpost in the desert -- lots of friction between the commander and his newest lieutenant

A Thunder of Drums IMDb: The trials and tribulations of bitter veteran Captain Maddocks and argumentative rookie Lieutenant McQuade at a cavalry desert outpost. Captain Maddocks will never ...
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What exactly are those typical bean dishes in Italo Western?

Looks like baked beans. A common staple in American's diets (or at least was a common staple...)
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What movie is this set from?

Thanks to the research by the commenters above, I am sure the location must be the "Bonanza Creek Ranch". Looking at the location on Google Maps it fits with where we were shortly before and ...
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What are the analogies/homages to Western Cinema in Breaking Bad?

The existing answers have already provided some very interesting examples and I'd like to add a few small things, even if they're not directly referencing particular movies or not too obvious or ...
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What exactly are those typical bean dishes in Italo Western?

I agree with the first answer above. And maybe it is as simple as that in terms of how the question was worded. But I would like to bring a little reality here, since this is what those artistic ...
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What are the analogies/homages to Western Cinema in Breaking Bad?

I was specifically looking for such a thread, I am happy to see somebody else already asked the question! Nice interpretation of Todd's killing, I hadn't noticed that. I can give my two cents and add ...
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Name of B western movie that starts with horse race

This is Michael Curtiz's B Western The Boy from Oklahoma from 1954. From the TCM synopsis: On his way to an apprenticeship in Lincoln, Tom Brewster, a correspondence school law student from ...
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Revisionist westerns of the 70's

The concept of "revisionist" means just that; they aim to revise history. Many of Eastwood's movies use themes and characters that wouldn't really exist in the era the Western is meant to portray. ...
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Were cowboy stories popular before movies?

Stories of the Western US have been popular in the past. Like other genres, their popularity seems to wax and wane over the years. The Wikipedia article on Western Fiction has a fairly good timeline ...
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How much money did the local sheriff manage?

Just to be clear, I'm going to call it 'movie trope'. Cash-based society. Banks had cash; maybe the sheriff went there, rather than keeping it all himself. Maybe he had to cash some government check, ...
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What are the 5 American western films that deal with slavery according to Tarantino?

I'm not sure which movies Tarantino had in mind, but some possibilities are (compiled from this list) Santa Fe Trail - Dramatizes the events leading up to John Brown's failed rebellion against ...
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Why does Lucas McCain of "The Rifleman" shoot his rifle from his hip?

It’s also a way for shooters to show off. It’s more difficult to be accurate from the hip, but some people are pretty good at it with enough practice. I’m kind of an ace at hipshooting.
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Why does Lucas McCain of "The Rifleman" shoot his rifle from his hip?

If he had not fired his rifle from his hip, the firing rate would suffer as the reloading would have taken longer. Please refer to this video(starting from 7:00) for how fast you can reload if this ...
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Use of anachronisms in film intros to surprise the user with the revelation of the actual time period

The Wild Bunch takes place against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Supposedly the movie takes place in 1913. The Colt obviously existed for some period prior to US army adoption date ...
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To which degree were Spaghetti Westerns influenced by Italian Neorealism?

Well, after the WWII, in Italy there was the so called "Hollywood on Tevere". Because of an Italian law, American productions were obliged to invest part of their earnings due to the Italian audience ...
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