Spaghetti Westerns at Trylon. 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'


A Fistful of Spaghetti Westerns

Every Mon., Tue., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Aug. 3-28
Time Varies
Festivals, Film

Moral ambiguity can sometimes be detected in early Hollywood westerns, but the distinction between hero and villain tends to be well defined, signified by such obvious cues as the color of a gunfighter’s hat. Not so with spaghetti westerns, an offshoot that arose in the 1960s. While the nickname alludes to the genre’s Italian origins, it might as well be describing the twisted plotlines in which anti-hero protagonists are just as liable to lie, steal, and murder—just for slightly better reasons than the villains. Rife with suspense, action, stunning choreography, and enthralling scores (often contributed by Ennio Morricone), the films achieve perfection on the big screen. Leading this pistol-packin’ showcase at the Trylon is Sergio Leone’s celebrated Clint Eastwood trilogy—A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)—as well as the director’s epic masterwork Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). Sergio Corbucci, another revered director, is represented with cult favorite Django (1966) and the long overdue North American theatrical premiere of The Great Silence (1968). Revenge-steeped shootouts similarly propel the action of the series’ three remaining films, The Big Gundown (1966), Keoma (1976), and Cemetery without Crosses (1969). Screenings are Fridays through Tuesdays, check for showtimes.