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The best Spaghetti Western opening credits sequences

From The Spaghetti Western Database

A list of the best animated opening credits sequences in Spaghetti Westerns, curated by Michael McGleenan. A lot of the opening titles in these films were created with rotoscope technology, read more about that on Wikipedia. This is version 1 of the list.
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I'm fascinated by the animated opening credits created for these westerns. The obvious examples are the 'Sergio Leone / Clint Eastwood Trilogy' and the recently re-released 'Day of Anger' movie. I have included the length of time that the animation lasts and placed a score system on the best animation, ranked from 10 downwards. The higher scores have been given to the animation with the best visual impact, as well as the quality of the animation, the length of the animation etc. I reviewed as many movies as possible from my own collection and from online resources. I am sure that there are other movies that deserve to be included in the list, that I have not yet discovered. There seems to be a number of Spaghetti Western trailers with animation sequences but I kept my list to movies with animation in the main feature. There may be trailers that are specific to certain countries and there may also be releases of the same movie that vary in the opening credits. -- Michael McGleenan from Dublin, Ireland.

Recommended reading (external link): Watchthetitles.com


1
A Fistful of Dollars, Sergio Leone (1964)

Animation by Iginio Lardani. Length 2m. Notes: Moving images, colour. Score: 10

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2
Django, Prepare a Coffin, Ferdinando Baldi (1968)

Length 2m. Notes: Moving images, colour. Score: 9

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Sergio Leone (1966)

Animation by Iginio Lardani. Length 3m. Notes: Moving images, colour, faces, clips. Score: 9

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Day of Anger, Tonino Valerii (1967)

Length 2.5m. Notes: Moving images, colour, faces, clips. Score: 9

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One Silver Dollar, Giorgio Ferroni (1965)

Length 2m. Notes: Moving images, colour. Score: 8

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Pistoleros, Alfio Caltabiano (1967)

Length 1m. Notes: Moving images, colour. Score: 8

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7
Little Rita of the West, Ferdinando Baldi (1967)

Length 2.5m. Notes: Moving images, cartoon, colour. Score: 8

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8
Arizona Colt, Michele Lupo (1966)

Length 2.5m. Notes: Moving images/clips, colour. Score: 8

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9
Kill the Wicked, Tanio Boccia (1967)

Length 1.5m. Notes: Moving images, colour. Score: 8

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10
The Fury of Johnny Kid, Gianni Puccini (1967)

Length 2m. Notes: Moving/still images, colour. Score: 7

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11
Those Dirty Dogs, Giuseppe Rosati (1973)

Length 2m. Notes: Moving/still images. Score: 7

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12
Face to Face, Sergio Sollima (1967)

Animation by Iginio Lardani. Length 2.5m. Notes: Moving images/clips, faces, colour. Score: 7

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13
Dead for a Dollar, Osvaldo Civirani (1968)

Length 1.5m. Notes: Moving/still images, colour. Score: 7

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14
In a Colt's Shadow, Giovanni Grimaldi (1965)

Length 2.5m. Notes: Still images, colour. Score: 7

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15
W Django!, Edoardo Mulargia (1971)

Length 3m. Notes: Moving clips, colour. Score: 7

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16
100 Rifles, Tom Gries (1969)

Length 1.5m. Notes: Still images, colour. Score: 6

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17
Hannie Caulder, Burt Kennedy (1971)

Length 2m. Notes: Still images, colour. Score: 6

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18
The Big Gundown, Sergio Sollima (1966)

Length 2.5m. Notes: Faces, clips, colour. Score: 6

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19
Run, Man, Run, Sergio Sollima (1968)

Animation by Iginio Lardani. Length 3m. Notes: Sketches, clips, colour. Score: 5

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20
Bandidos, Max Dallamano (1967)

Length 1.75m. Notes: Still images, colour. Score: 5

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21
God Made Them...I Kill Them, Paolo Bianchini (1968)

Length 2m. Notes: Moving clips, colour. Score: 5

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22
3 Bullets for Ringo, Emimmo Salvi (1966)

Length 1m. Notes: Still images, colour. Score: 4

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23
The Stranger's Gundown, Sergio Garrone (1969)

Length 2m. Notes: Sketches. Score: 4

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24
Django defies Sartana, Pasquale Squitieri (1970)

Length 2.5m. Notes: Sketches. Score: 4

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25
Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead, Giuseppe Vari (1971)

Length 2m. Notes: Still clips, colour. Score: 4

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26
I am Sartana, your Angel of Death, Giuliano Carnimeo (1969)

Length 40s. Notes: Still images, clips, colour. Score: 4

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27
The Mercenary, Sergio Corbucci (1968)

Animation by Iginio Lardani. Length 2m. Notes: Still clips, colour. Score: 3

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28
For a Few Dollars More, Sergio Leone (1965)

Animation by Iginio Lardani. Length 5s. Notes: Moving image, colour. Score: 1

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