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History of Westerns with Christopher Frayling

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History of Westerns with Christopher Frayling

History of Westerns with Christopher Frayling

History of Westerns with Christopher Frayling

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Cultural historian Christopher Frayling is the author of Once Upon A Time in Italy: The Westerns of Sergio Leone. The book chronicles the history of the spaghetti western. Ennio Morricone, who composed music for the Sergio Leone films, will be awarded an honorary Oscar at this year's Academy Awards. This interview originally aired on Aug. 1, 2005.

'Once Upon A Time in Italy': The Films of Sergio Leone

'Once Upon A Time in Italy': The Films of Sergio Leone

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Cultural historian Christopher Frayling's new book Once Upon A Time in Italy: The Westerns of Sergio Leone is a large-format, beautifully illustrated book that chronicles the history of the spaghetti western.

Frayling tells the story of the movie genre and the iconic director through researched text and interviews with Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Eli Wallach.

Frayling is rector at London's Royal College of Art and a professor of cultural history. He is also chair of the Arts Council of England. He's known for his broadcast work on the BBC and has written more than a dozen books on arts and culture.

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