Although some consider Giacomo Puccini’s 1910 opera La fanciulla del West to be the first Spaghetti Western (a term some consider derogatory), the subgenre was introduced to the masses in the 1960s via Italian-made films that put a wilder, rougher spin on Westerns while also commenting on Hollywood ideals. What Sergio Leone established with his “Dollars Trilogy” (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) Sergio Corbucci took to violent new extremes with Django, a cinematic bloodbath starring Franco Nero as a coffin-dragging, trigger-happy drifter in a Mexican border town. Initially banned in Sweden and issued an “18 certificate” in the U.K., the film spawned upwards of 30 (some say 100) unofficial sequels or homages, the most recent being Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. $10; 4pm and 7pm Sun, Jan 6; Alamo Drafthouse Park North, 618 NW Loop 410, (210) 677-8500, drafthouse.com. Check out our full online calendar of upcoming events here: calendar.sacurrent.com.
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