Double Feature: DJANGO, 1966, 87 min. Dir. Sergio Corbucci. Horseless, dark-clad, blazingly blue-eyed Franco Nero enters dragging a coffin through the inches-thick mud of a crummy town fought over by red-hooded clansmen and a flock of banditos. Original of at least 30 official and unofficial sequels. Quentin Tarantino lists this film as No. 3 in his 20 favorite spaghetti Westerns; the infamous ear-cutting scene from RESERVOIR DOGS was a direct reference. In Italian with English subtitles.
THE GRAND DUEL (IL GRANDE DUELLO), 1973, Blue Underground, 98 min. Dir. Giancarlo Santi. Bloodthirsty bounty hunters are bunching up around the Gila Bend hideout of convicted murderer - or is he? - Peter O’Brien, but ex-lawman Lee Van Cleef has another candidate for the Patriarch’s killer. Former Antonioni/Leone assistant director Santi riffs on the style of the Maestro. Another of Tarantino’s 20 favorite spaghetti Westerns. In English.