Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Tarantino vows love for 'macaroni' westerns

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Rome, January 4 - Quentin Tarantino declared his
love for Italy's B-movie 'macaroni westerns' - the crude
lower-budget cousins of Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti
westerns - in Rome Friday as he unveiled his latest film Django
Unchained, inspired by a Sergio Corbucci cult hit of the 1960s.
"Macaroni westerns, as we call them in America, are the
ones I love the best because of their surrealism and the
extremes they present," said the Pulp Fiction director, whose
slave revenge story starring Jamie Foxx opens across Italy on
January 17.
Tarantino, a self-styled 'super-geek' who is famously
obsessed with B-movie lore, also reiterated his devotion to the
better-known and more respectable genre of spaghetti westerns
like Leone's 'Dollars' trilogy - and Django itself, a mainstream
1966 product starring Franco Nero that inspired a string of
zanier unofficial sequels.
Tarantino burst onto the scene in 1992 with the bloody
thriller Reservoir Dogs, famous for an ear-severing scene that
pays homage to a similar stomach-turning part of Corbucci's
Django.
Asked who was "the better" of his two idols, the
universally acclaimed Leone or the niche "guilty pleasure"
Corbucci, he replied: 'It's like a judgment of Solomon.
"They're different, Leone was one for epics, gigantic in
the aesthetic sense too, while Corbucci is simpler and more
prolific".
Corbucci's hard-hitting, brutal and now supposedly ironic
westerns included Minnesota Clay (1965), Ringo and his Golden
Pistol (1966), Navajo Joe (1966), The Hellbenders (1967), The
Mercenary (A Professional Gun, 1968), The Great Silence (1968),
Gli Specialisti (Drop Them or I'll Shoot, 1969), Companeros
(1970), La Banda J.S.: Cronaca Criminale del Far West (Sonny and
Jed, 1972) and What Am I Doing in the Middle of the Revolution?
(1972).
Sniffed at by critics, he became a cult figure after his
death in 1990, a reputation boosted by uber-buff Tarantino, who
has given a cameo in Django Unchained to Franco Nero, the 1966
Django.
Django Unchained will also feature an original song by
iconic Italian film composer Ennio Morricone.
Ancora Qui (Still Here) was composed by Morricone with
lyrics written and performed by Italian singer-songwriter Elisa.
As well as Foxx, in his most anticipated role since
Collateral and Ray, both in 2004, Django Unchained features
Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and Kerry
Washington.
The film follows a freed slave and a bounty hunter
in their trek across the Deep South.
Tarantino's adulation of Italian B movies was celebrated on
one of international cinema's premier stages when he organized
events at the Venice Film Festival devoted to Italian Bs in 2004
and 2007, the latter specifically on spaghetti westerns.
Most notably, Enzo Castellari's 1977 Inglorious Bastards
(Quel Maledetto Treno Blindato) was the inspiration for
Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds, a blood-soaked and
quirky reinvention of WWII history.
Basterds had Morricone songs but not an original track as
Tarantino had requested.
Instead, it featured Morricone music that first
appeared in westerns by Leone.

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