Researchers' Tales: Sir Christopher Frayling on Spaghetti Westerns

A governor of the British Film Institute, Sir Christopher Frayling joins us to discuss his critically acclaimed work on the Spaghetti Western genre and the Italian auteur responsible, Sergio Leone. Commenting on the changing attitudes towards the genre, from its dismissal as an area unworthy of intellectual study to its celebration as a vital and enduring period of cinema history, Frayling reveals how opinions and research on all cinematic genres regularly change over time. Frayling also gives an entertaining recollection of his first meeting with Leone, and details how he wrote the biography of the Italian auteur through “oral research” after being introduced to his inner circle.


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