- Fri - Sat, Feb 1-2Dir. Sergio Corbucci, Italy, 1966, 87 min., NR, HD, In Italian with English subtitlesOfficial Website
Django (Franco Nero), dragging a coffin behind him through the mud, arrives in a border town where he has to negotiate a bitter feud between ex-Confederates and former Mexican revolutionaries by killing anyone who dares cross him. Progenitor of countless unofficial sequels, remakes and loving send-ups, DJANGO's unabashed brutality, stylized violence and immense body count lit the way for a new brand of action film (and a better, badder-assed action hero).
"More violent and pessimistic than anything before it... Relentless, surrealistically cruel and crazy, it is a film I’ve seen several times; it never disappoints." —Alex Cox
“Rates alongside Leone's 'Dollars' trilogy as one of the daddies of the spaghetti/paella Western… Corbucci's style is a mix of social realism, highly decorative visuals, and finely mounted action sequences. For the rest, there are enough mud-wrestling prostitutes, whippings, ear-loppings, explosions and scenes of wholesale slaughter to keep any muchacho happy. Funny, visceral, bloody, no-nonsense entertainment with a touch of class.” —Time Out (London)
“The most influential Italian Western… Corbucci’s rhetorical style crates a dreamlike mood which softens the film’s brutality.” —Phil Hardy
"Screams to be seen! On DJANGO, which inspired one official sequel (in 1987) and bred some thirty unofficial offspring, Corbucci perfected the blunt graphic style and simplistic (a)moral tone that characterizes Spanish-language Western comic books, though its pessimistic streak betokens existentialism." – Graham Fuller, Artinfo
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