Another kind of Spaghetti Western: Italo Zingarelli and the production of Trinità

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The purpose of this article is to engage, from an industrial perspective, with the concept of Italian filone by analysing the production and distribution of two of the most popular and successful Italian films at the box office: They Called Me Trinity, Enzo Barboni, 1970) and its sequel Continuavano a chiamarlo Trinità (Trinity is Still My Name, Enzo Barboni, 1971).
Produced by Italo Zingarelli’s West Film, the two films represent, on the one hand, a departure from the consolidated Spaghetti Western violent tropes in order to offer a family friendly form of entertainment; while, on the other hand, they manifest the pinnacle of a bottom-up/low budget production strategy characteristic of the heyday of Italian genre factory.
The article argues that a contextualisation of the two films with the Spaghetti Western filone, alongside an analyses of Zingarelli’s work as producer and distributor, is revealing of the ambition of Italian producers of the period and the role played by the regional distribution in the development of filoni and cinema of imitation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHistorical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
Early online date29 Jan 2020
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Publication statusEarly online date - 29 Jan 2020

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