Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's latest release, Django Unchained, might do for spaghetti westerns what his Kill Bill series did for samurai movies — that is, revive interest in them among a new generation of movie viewers. His hyper-violent western starring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio was inspired in part by Italian director Sergio Corbucci's 1966 Django, which is showing this weekend at River Oaks Theatre. Considered one of the great originals in the genre, Django remains one of the most influential and driving westerns ever made. Corbucci raised the bar forever on the level of acceptable violence in movies by upping the body count and featuring maiming and mutilations. At the time of its release, Django was actually banned in several countries (including Sweden) and heavily censored in others. A brutal antihero on a noble quest who has become the law unto himself, Django is out to murder the man who killed his wife but is drawn into battles with Mexican bandits and a high-stakes robbery along the way. Franco Nero plays the title character as an honorable man in an honorless world. A bit of movie trivia: Nero has a cameo in Tarantino's Django Unchained (look for him in one of the bar scenes).
Fri., Dec. 28, 11:55 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 29, 11:55 p.m., 2012