Quentin Tarantino's Top 20 favorite Spaghetti Westerns
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The SWDb is the first sister site of The Quentin Tarantino Archives that was launched and it didn't take long for the director himself to voice his admiration for this site. It has been a huge success on the internet and a beloved location for fans around the globe to exchange ideas about these classic movies and do research. Our own Top 20 has not gone unnoticed, so the director took some time out of his schedule while shooting Inglourious Basterds to submit his own personal Top 20. Enjoy.
"It is a cold January afternoon on the Babelsberg studio lot a few minutes outside Berlin. The sun is out and it's nice, but there's a cold wind blowing. As we walk across the snow-covered streets I'm reminded of The Great Silence, but silence is not what I'm here for. I sit down with Quentin Tarantino so he can brief me on his personal twenty most favorite spaghetti westerns (rather unexpectedly I have to say, as his current project was all that was on my mind at that moment). This is an authoritative list he had compiled meticulously after having read the SWDB's Essential Top 20 Films (which is calculated through a complicated formula from people's personal top 20 lists). The cineast and filmmaker, lists and discussing favorites having been part of not just his video store past, and who's currently shooting Inglourious Basterds, also added a few more films that didn't make it into his top 20 but are runners up. Ladies and gentlemen, get out your own personal lists and compare, for this my friends, is Q's list ..." - Sebastian H.
Quentin Tarantino's official list of favorite Spaghetti Westerns:
1. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, by Sergio Leone (1966)
2. For a Few Dollars More, by Sergio Leone (1965)
3. Django, by Sergio Corbucci (1966)
4. The Mercenary, by Sergio Corbucci (1968)
5. Once Upon A Time in the West, by Sergio Leone (1968)
6. A Fistful of Dollars, by Sergio Leone (1964)
7. Day of Anger, by Tonino Valerii (1967)
8. Death Rides a Horse, by Giulio Petroni (1967)
9. Navajo Joe, by Sergio Corbucci (1966)
10. The Return of Ringo, by Duccio Tessari (1965)
11. The Big Gundown, by Sergio Sollima (1966)
12. A Pistol for Ringo, by Duccio Tessari (1965)
13. The Dirty Outlaws, by Franco Rossetti (1967)
14. The Great Silence, by Sergio Corbucci (1968)
15. The Grand Duel, by Giancarlo Santi (1972)
16. Shoot the Living, Pray for the Dead, by Giuseppe Vari (1971)
17. Tepepa, by Giulio Petroni (1968)
18. The Ugly Ones, by Eugenio Martin (1966)
19. Viva Django, by Ferdinando Baldi (1967)
20. Machine Gun Killers, by Paolo Bianchini (1968)
The runners up in not so strict order:
- If you meet Sartana, Pray for your Death
- God forgives, I don't
- Four of the Apocalypse
- Ace High
- Boot Hill
- Duck, You Sucker
- Minnesota Clay
- Arizona Colt
- Ringo and his Golden Pistol
- Adios Gringo
...and to quote Quentin
- "all the Calvin Jackson Padget films with Giuliano Gemma"
- The Trinity movies
- This man can't die
- The Deserter
- Five Man Army
- Red Sun.
Thank you for reading and thanks to Quentin Tarantino for sharing his list.
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