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A Fistful Of Spaghetti Westerns

Jul 16, 2014

Clint Eastwood, the young American star in the 1964 Italian Western, "A Fistful of Dollars"
Credit Clint Eastwood for A Fistful of Dollars / Wikimedia Commons

A half century ago, nobody expected much of Sergio Leone’s 1964 Italian Western A Fistful of Dollars – not even its young American star, Clint Eastwood. On Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske explores how this film's fiery success ignited the popularity of an entire genre known as "spaghetti westerns".


  • Bill Shaffer is the director of KTWU, the public television station in Topeka, Kansas. 
  • Mitch Brian is a screenwriter, film professor at UMKC, and writer for 435 Magazine.

HEAR MORE: Bill Shaffer talks about the impact of spaghetti westerns qt 6:30 July 17 at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.