Morricone: 'Don't Call Them Spaghetti Westerns'
Composer ENNIO MORRICONE detests the term 'spaghetti western' and wishes movie fans would refer to the long-defunct sub-genre as 'Italian westerns' instead.
The 78-year-old legend, who wrote some of the most iconic western themes of all time, including director SERGIO LEONE's Dollars trilogy, finds the 'spaghetti western' term offensive.
He tells Billboard, "Let me say I really object to the term 'spaghetti western', which I find disrespectful - spaghetti is a thing you eat. It would be better to call them 'Italian westerns'.
"But I have no objection to being associated with Leone. What I do object to is the fact that I did six films with him, including ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA. Six scores out of 400? That comes to 1.5 per cent and people seem to forget all the others.
"I'd also like to be associated with GIUSEPPE TORNATORE, GUILIO PONTECORVO, MAURO BOLOGNINI and the dozens of other great directors I worked with.
"People who just see me as the Sergio Leone guy are ill-informed and need to be told as much."
The spaghetti western genre began in approximately 1964 before petering out in the late 1970s.