THE GREAT SILENCE
IL GRANDE SILENZIO
1968, 105 min, Italy, Dir: Sergio Corbucci

Amid mountainous Utah snowdrifts, oppressed Mormons hide out from psycho - even by his standards - Klaus Kinski’s bounty hunters, while mute Jean-Louis Trintignant’s Silence signs on to avenge Vonetta McGee’s husband. With chilling Dolomites locations. Music by Ennio Morricone. In English.


HELLBENDERS
I CRUDELI
1967, Rialto Pictures, 90 min, Italy, Dir: Sergio Corbucci

Confederate officer Joseph Cotten and his three sons escort a hero’s coffin home despite Union patrols, banditos, vengeful Indians, a stalking posse, and a buttinsky reverend - only trouble is, the coffin’s packed with stolen greenbacks intended to rejuvenate the cause. In English.


DJANGO
1966, Arrow Films, 91 min, Italy/Spain, Dir: Sergio Corbucci

As the first notes ring out from Luis Bacalov’s iconic theme song, dark-clad, blazingly blue-eyed Franco Nero enters dragging a coffin through the inches-thick mud of a crummy town fought over by ex-Confederate soldiers and Mexican Revolutionaries. Director Sergio Corbucci easily could have followed the spaghetti Western template created by Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood, but instead he and Franco pushed things into a more subversive, political and violent direction. This is the original of at least 30 official and unofficial sequels, and Quentin Tarantino lists this film as No. 3 in his 20 favorite spaghetti Westerns (RESERVOIR DOGS’ infamous ear-cutting scene was a direct reference).


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