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10,000 Ways to Die
10,000 Ways to Die

10,000 Ways to Die

A Director's Take on the Spaghetti Western


336 Pages, 6 x 9.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $34.95 (US $34.95) (CA $46.95)

Publication Date: September 2009

ISBN 9781842433041

Rights: US, CA & MX

Oldcastle Books Ltd (Sep 2009)
Kamera Books


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A completely new chronological history of the Spaghetti Western, beginning with Corbucci’s Red Pastures, as seen through the eyes of a fine filmmaker.

"40 years ago as a graduate student I wrote a book about Spaghetti Westerns, called 10,000 Ways to Die. It’s an embarrassing tome when I look at it now: full of half-assed semiotics and other attenuated academic nonsense. In the intervening period I have had the interesting experience of being a film director. So now, when I watch these films, I’m looking at them from a different perspective. A professional perspective, maybe . . . I’m thinking about what the filmmakers intended, how they did that shot, how the director felt when his film was recut by the studio, and he was creatively and financially screwed. 10,000 Ways to Die is an entirely new book about an under-studied subject, the Spaghetti Western, from a director’s POV. Not only have these films stood the test of time; some of them are very high art." —Alex Cox


"A standard reference for film buffs." —Library Journal

"An exceptionally well-informed and accessible primer on the subject." —

Author Biography

Maverick director Alex Cox has directed such acclaimed films as Repo Man, Sid & Nancy, Straight to Hell, Death and the Compass, Walker, and Searchers 2.0. He’s also the author of X Films: True Confessions of a Radical Filmmaker, and has written on film for publications including Film Comment, Guardian, Independent, and Sight and Sound.