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    DescriptionThe success of Sergio Leone's 'Dollars' trilogy in the '60s sparked a gold rush, as a legion of European film-makers - many of them sharing the get-rich-quick mentality of Leone's mercenary anti-heroes - followed the master's lead to create some of the wildest Westerns ever made. Cynical and stylish, bloody and baroque, Euro-Westerns replaced straight-shooting sheriffs and courageous cowboys with amoral adventurers, whose murderous methods would shock the heroes of Hollywood Westerns. These films became box-office sensations around the world, and their influence can still be felt today. Any Gun Can Play puts the phenomenon into perspective, exploring the films' wider reaches, their recurrent themes, characters, quirks and motifs. It examines Euro-Westerns in relation to their American ancestors and the mechanics of the Italian popular film industry, and spotlights the unsung actors, directors and other artists who subverted the 'code' of the Western and dragged it into the modern age. Based on years of research backed up by interviews with many of the genre's leading lights, including actors Franco Nero, Giuliano Gemma and Gianni Garko, writer Sergio Donati, and directors Sergio Sollima and Giuliano Carnimeo, Any Gun Can Play will satisfy both connoisseurs and the curious. Complete with a foreword by Euro-Western legend Franco Nero, this stunningly illustrated reference guide takes aim at the lingering notion that the genre has little to offer beyond the 'Dollars' films and a fistful of others, exposing the full, vibrant history of the Euro-Western. In much the same way that FAB Press's best-seller Book of the Dead has become the definitive text on the zombie movie, Any Gun Can Play is positioned to become the go-to source for everything any fan of Euro-Westerns could ever want to know.


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    Title
    Any Gun Can Play
    Subtitle
    The Essential Guide to Euro-westerns
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kevin Grant
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 192 mm
    Height: 255 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 1,554 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781903254615
    ISBN 10: 1903254612
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.6
    BIC E4L: PER
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    LC classification: PN
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: PR
    Libri: I-PR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25880
    B&T General Subject: 221
    Abridged Dewey: 791
    BISAC V2.8: PER004030, PER004040, PER004020
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: APFN
    DC22: 791.436278
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 791.436278094
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/FILMAS
    Thema V1.0: ATFG, GBC, ATFA, ATF
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    col. illustrations
    Publisher
    FAB Press
    Imprint name
    FAB Press
    Publication date
    15 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Godalming
    Review quote
    "An essential purchase." - Cinema Retro