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The Spanish Desert Where Sergio Leone Made His Westerns Is Now a Tourist Destination

Over the course of a handful of films in the 1960s — or perhaps “a fistful of films” might be more accurate — Sergio Leone transformed the Western genre forever. Along the way, he also turned Clint Eastwood into a cinematic icon. To watch these films now is to see a distinctive vision of the Old West — but unlike, say, John Ford, Leone looked on the other side of the Atlantic for his filming locations.
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Sergio Leone: The Italian Director Who Created The Spaghetti Western

When you think about some of your favorite western films you think about cowboys, the great American Wild West, good guys vs bad guys, and all the dramatic gunfights. But you probably didn't realize that an Italian is behind some of the most classic films in the genre. Director Sergio Leone can not only be credited for turning Clint Eastwood into a star but for creating the Spaghetti Western genre itself. Though he only directed a total of seven films (8 including the one he took over), his contribution to the film world will always be remembered.
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