Django (Corbucci, 1966): Rio Cinema, 11.30pm
Another great late-night treat at the Rio Cinema. Here's the main inspiration for Tarantino's Django Unchained. Whisper it quietly: this is a better film.
Chicago Reader review:
'Sergio Corbucci's 1966 spaghetti western definitely corners the market
on mud imagery: its mysterious title hero wanders into town dragging a
coffin after him through the grimy, rutted streets, and when he takes
down one bad guy, the man not only dies but topples over into quicksand
and gets sucked into the earth. The coffin contains Django's secret
weapon, an early machine gun, and the movie must have set some sort of
record in its time for shots fired, though it also has one of the most
crazed and kinetic bar fights ever committed to celluloid. Django here
is a blue-eyed northerner (Franco Nero); the character would mutate
considerably in his zillion subsequent screen appearances, including his
recent incarnation as the freed slave of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.'
Here is the trailer.