In awe of the Spaghetti Western

Along with much of Italy, I've been
personally celebrating the filmmaker - visionary - & unbelievably
talented Sergio Leone. It's the 30th anniversary of his death. Don't
know quite why I never got into these 'Spaghetti Westerns' before, but
boy, the visual impact & awesome scores by Ennio Morricone will
drain you of such emotion, it'll leave you as dry as the sun-baked
Arizona desert -- and definitely thirsting for more.

His films are studied by students and cinematographers the world over.  Not only did he put Clint Eastwood on the map, many are considered milestones.  (Once upon a time in America, Once upon a time in the Far West - starring Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, and a host of the who's who of the 1960s and 70s). Like Wikepedia asserts:

"Many critics have called it ironic that an Italian director who could not speak English, and had never even seen the American Old West, almost single-handedly redefined the typical vision of the American cowboy."

How sad to discover he only made 8 films before his death at 60.