Quentin Tarantino Retro and The Roots of Django
February 1–April 15
Twenty years after RESERVOIR DOGS and following upon the Christmas Day release of the highly anticipated DJANGO UNCHAINED, AFI Silver takes a look back at the innovative, iconoclastic and wildly entertaining films of Quentin Tarantino.
The series includes a sidebar devoted to some of the key Spaghetti Westerns Tarantino has cited as inspiration for DJANGO UNCHAINED, including several notable films by Sergio Corbucci.
AFI Member passes will be accepted at all screenings in the Quentin Tarantino Retro and The Roots of Django series.
NATURAL BORN KILLERS
The Roots of Django
The 1966 Original, Digitally Remastered!
A selection of key Spaghetti Westerns Quentin Tarantino has cited as inspiration for his latest film, DJANGO UNCHAINED.
Franco Nero stars as the titular badass in this genre touchstone, who arrives at a lawless border town, horseless and alone, dragging a coffin behind him. A man on a mysterious mission, Django will confront murderous ex- Confederates, Klansmen, and banditos in his search for vengeance. “More violent and pessimistic than anything before it...Relentless, surrealistically cruel and crazy, it is a film I’ve seen several times; it never disappoints.” – Alex Cox. “The most influential Italian Western... Corbucci’s rhetorical style creates a dreamlike mood which softens the film’s brutality.” – Phil Hardy.
DIR/SCR/PROD Sergio Corbucci; SCR Bruno Corbucci; PROD Manolo Bolognini. Italy/Spain, 1966, color, 87 min. In Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED Digital Presentation
THE HELLBENDERS aka THE CRUEL ONES [I crudeli]
Fri, Feb 1, 10:00; Sat, Feb 2, 11:00; Mon, Feb 4, 9:45; Tue, Feb 5, 9:00; Wed, Feb 6, 9:00; Thu, Feb 7, 9:00
“You've got to respect the dead.” “I don't even respect the living!” Refusing to admit defeat, ex-Confederate Colonel Jonas (Joseph Cotten) and his sons raid a Union Army transport laden with cash, massacring the soldiers. Planning to fund a resurgent rebel army, they stash the loot in a coffin, supposedly carrying the remains of a fallen comrade, to smuggle their ill-gotten treasure past cavalry patrols, bandits, hostile Indians, a nosy preacher and some shady ladies. But the Jonas brothers’ evil ways will prove their undoing. Music by Ennio Morricone.
DIR Sergio Corbucci; SCR Ugo Liberatore, José Gutiérrez Maesso; PROD Albert Band. Italy/Spain, 1967, color, 90 min. Dubbed in English. NOT RATED Digital Presentation
THE GREAT SILENCE [Il grande silenzio]
45th Anniversary! Ultra-Rare 35mm Print!
Fri, Feb 8, 9:15; Tue, Feb 12, 9:20
“One of the finest Westerns ever.” – Alex Cox, The New York Times
“Corbucci's masterpiece. Contains one of Morricone's loveliest scores.” – Justin Stewart, The L Magazine
Chaos reigns during the Great Blizzard of 1899, driving the villagers of Snowhill, Utah, to steal in order to survive. Enter ruthless, psychotic bounty hunter Klaus Kinski and his band of killers, who slaughter the naïve outlaws for profit. Vonetta McGee, widowed by Kinski’s murderousness, hires mute gunfighter Jean-Louis Trintignant to avenge her husband’s death. Gorgeous mountain locations in the Dolomites and Pyrenees stand in for Utah’s Rocky Mountains. “SILENZIO takes place in the snow—I liked the action in the snow so much, DJANGO UNCHAINED has a big snow section in the middle of the movie.” – Quentin Tarantino.
DIR/SCR Sergio Corbucci; SCR Bruno Corbucci, Mario Amendola, Vittoriano Petrilli; PROD Alberto Marras. Italy, 1968, color, 105 min. Dubbed in English. NOT RATED
NAVAJO JOE [Un dollar a testa]
Sat, Feb 9, 9:30; Sun, Feb 10, 9:20
Outlaw Mervyn “Vee” Duncan (Aldo Sambrell) and his band of scalphunters massacre the entire population of an Indian village, save one—Navajo Joe (Burt Reynolds), who returns to extract bloody retribution on the bastards who killed his tribesmen and family. Music by Ennio Morricone. “It’s one of the great revenge movies of all time: Burt Reynolds as the Navajo Joe character is a one-man-tornado onslaught.” – Quentin Tarantino. “The best of all possible Burt Reynolds vehicles.” – Alex Cox.
DIR Sergio Corbucci; SCR Fernando Di Leo, Piero Regnoli; PROD Luigi Carpentieri, Ermanno Donati. Italy/Spain, 1966, color, 93 min. In Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
DEATH RIDES A HORSE [Da uomo a uomo]
Rare 35mm Print!
Fri, Feb 17, 9:20; Wed, Feb 20, 9:20
Seeking revenge on the gang of outlaws who murdered his parents, John Phillip Law joins forces with ex-con Lee Van Cleef, who’s seeking revenge on the same gang for very different purposes. Music by Ennio Morricone. “Replete with baroque torture and acid flashbacks...unfolds in a starkly primitive world—if not a desert on the planet Mars.” – J. Hoberman.
DIR Giulio Petroni; SCR Luciano Vincenzoni; PROD Henryk Chrosicki, Alfonso Sansone. Italy/Spain, 1967, color, 114 min. Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
THE MERCENARY aka A PROFESSIONAL GUN [Il mercenario]
45th Anniversary! New 35mm Print!
Tue, Feb 26, 9:00; Wed, Feb 27, 6:30 (Montgomery College Show)
Sergio Corbucci and Franco Nero reunited after the smash success of DJANGO on this picaresque tale of the Mexican Revolution. Nero is Sergei Kowalski, a Polish mercenary who, sensing a business opportunity, falls in with a band of revolutionaries led by Paco (Tony Musante). Over the years, the unlikely pair fight alongside and feud against one another, roaming the country fomenting revolution, liberating money, guns and horses from the Federales, and battling outlaw nemesis Curly (Jack Palance). “Transformed by Corbucci into a wild fantasy, comic-strip style, about political commitment: Frantz Fanon for beginners with a bizarre sense of humor.” – Christopher Frayling.
DIR/SCR Sergio Corbucci; SCR Adriano Bolzoni, Sergio Spina, Luciano Vincenzoni; PROD Alberto Grimaldi. Italy/Spain, 1968, color, 110 min. In Italian with English subtitles. RATED PG-13
Fri, Mar 29, 7:00; Sun, Mar 31, 9:45; Apr 4, 9:30
Mickey and Mallory (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis), two cold-blooded killers in love, set out on a cross-country murder spree that captivates the media, turning the pair into tabloid superstars. Based on an original story by Quentin Tarantino, writer/director Oliver Stone reworked the script into a pointed media satire, a timely indictment of the 24/7 news cycle that, during the early 1990s, indulged in saturation coverage of cases involving O. J. Simpson, Tonya Harding, the Menendez brothers, Waco and Rodney King. The film’s fast-cutting and psychedelic miasma of multimedia formats approximates the addled consciousness of the over-served viewer.
DIR/SCR Oliver Stone; SCR David Veloz, Richard Rutowski, from a story by Quentin Tarantino; PROD Jane Hamsher, Don Murphy, Clayton Townsend. US, 1994, color, 118 min. RATED R
Wed, Feb 13, 9:15; Fri, Feb 15, 9:20
Quentin Tarantino burst onto the scene with this unorthodox heist-gone-wrong crime caper, impressive for its evocation of violence (little is shown, much implied) and digressive but riveting dialogue. A post-modern riff on films like THE KILLING, the fractured chronology leaps from the planning stages all the way to the aftermath of the bungled job, the details of the crime secondary to the banter among the thieves, their camaraderie giving way to poisonous paranoia once they suspect a rat in their number. With Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney and Chris Penn, plus Tarantino in a cameo.
DIR/SCR Quentin Tarantino; PROD Lawrence Bender. US, 1992, color, 99 min. RATED R
Sat, Feb 16, 9:30; Sun, Feb 17, 7:20; Mon, Feb 18, 9:30, Tue, Feb 19, 9:20
“You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?” Tarantino ascended to A-list celebrity with this indie blockbuster. A complex collection of intersecting and overlapping crime vignettes, it is a knowing riff on the hard- boiled genre, featuring brilliant dialogue, a byzantine plot and an abundance of filmic and pop cultural allusions. A wildly influential, landmark film, featuring iconic performances from John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Ving Rhames, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel and Bruce Willis. Palme d’Or, 1994 Cannes Film Festival; nominated for seven Oscars, winning for Best Screenplay.
DIR/SCR Quentin Tarantino; SCR Roger Avary; PROD Lawrence Bender. US, 1994, color, 154 min. RATED R
Fri, Feb 22, 9:00; Sat, Feb 23, 10:30; Sun, Feb 24, 7:00
Tony Scott lends flashy direction to screenwriter Quentin Tarantino's over-the-top mash-up of genre cinema thrills, with comic-book geek/wu xia-worshipping film nerd Christian Slater meeting cute with Patricia Arquette's hooker Alabama after rescuing her from psychotic, dreadlocked pimp Gary Oldman. Signature Tarantino moment: Dennis Hopper as a mild-mannered man who, facing certain death at the hands
of pitiless mobsters, discovers an inner reserve of chutzpah and looses a final, defiant (and bizarre) rebuke to mob boss Christopher Walken—earning his killer's grudging respect.
DIR Tony Scott; SCR Quentin Tarantino; PROD Gary Barber, Samuel Hadida, Steve Perry, Bill Unger. US, 1993, color, 120 min. RATED R
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
Fri, Mar 1, 9:30; Sat, Mar 2, 8:00; Tue, Mar 5, 9:15
Teaming up with director Robert Rodriguez, Tarantino wrote and co-starred opposite then-ER heartthrob George Clooney in this over-the-top crime-horror-action mashup. Needing to cross the Mexican border, bankrobbing brothers Clooney and Tarantino commandeer the RV of reverend Harvey Keitel, whom they take hostage along with his kids Juliette Lewis and Ernest Liu. Hunkering down at a rowdy roadhouse, the captives, captors and assorted lowlifes enjoy the performance of snake charmer Salma Hayek until all hell breaks loose: the bar turns out to be a vampire lair, the bartenders, strippers and band are all bloodsuckers, and the customers are on the menu.
DIR Robert Rodriguez; SCR Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Robert Kurtzman; PROD Meir Teper, Gianni Nunnari. US, 1996, color, 108 min. RATED R
Sat, Mar 2, 10:30; Mon, Mar 4, 9:00
Adapted from Elmore Leonard’s “Rum Punch,” Quentin Tarantino directed this star vehicle for Pam Grier, creating a heartfelt homage to the Blaxploitation genre and one of its icons. Struggling to make ends meet, Grier works as a flight attendant on a regional airline who smuggles money on the side for mobster Samuel L. Jackson. Pinched by ATF agent Michael Keaton, Grier is bailed out by Jackson via bondsman Robert Forster, and love blooms between the kindred souls over drinks and The Delfonics’ “Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time.” Caught between the law and the mob, Grier and Forster plot to play one against the other, pocket a big score and walk away free.
DIR/SCR Quentin Tarantino, from the novel “Rum Punch” by Elmore Leonard; PROD Lawrence Bender. US, 1997, color, 154 min. RATED R
KILL BILL: VOL. 1
Fri, Mar 15, 9:15; Sat, Mar 16, 9:45; Thu, Mar 21, 7:15
Four years after taking a bullet to the head at the hands of her former colleagues in the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DiVAS), the Bride (Uma Thurman) awakens from a coma and sets out for revenge—a dish best served cold—in Tarantino’s epic homage to martial arts movie madness. With her kill list and Hattori Hanzø blade in hand, the Bride crosses the globe to extract revenge on her former boss Bill (David Carradine) and deadly DiVAS Vivica A. Fox and Lucy Liu, culminating in an over-the-top battle royale. Music by the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA plus selections from Nancy Sinatra, Charlie Feathers, Bernard Herrman and Quincy Jones.
DIR/SCR Quentin Tarantino; PROD Lawrence Bender. US, 2003, color, 111 min. RATED R
KILL BILL: VOL. 2
Fri, Mar 22, 9:15; Sat, Mar 23, 10:45; Wed, Mar 27, 9:20
The Bride Is Back For the Final Cut. From being buried alive to mastering the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique, the Bride won’t stop until she claws her way to Enemy #1: Bill. But first she’ll have to get through his brother (Michael Madsen) and the DiVAS’ top assassin, eye-patched Daryl Hannah. Music by the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA plus selections from Johnny Cash, Charlie Feathers, Ennio Morricone and Luis Bacalov. “A masterful saga that celebrates the martial arts genre while kidding it, loving it and transcending it.” – Roger Ebert.
DIR/SCR Quentin Tarantino; PROD Lawrence Bender. US, 2004, color, 136 min. RATED R
Fri, Mar 29, 9:20; Sat, Mar 30, 9:30
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s homage to over-the-top and under-budgeted exploitation cinema, GRINDHOUSE delivers double-barreled thrills, chills and guffaws. In Rodriguez's PLANET TERROR, Freddy Rodríguez and his stripper ex-girlfriend, Rose McGowan, fight off a biochemical weapon-infected zombie army. DEATH PROOF is Tarantino's take on drive-in carmageddon. Kurt Russell is the deranged Stuntman Mike, wreaking havoc and killing beautiful women with his souped-up muscle cars, until he meets his match against a cadre of tough chicks in Tennessee, including Rosario Dawson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Tracie Thoms and legendary stuntwoman Zoe Bell, whose death-defying acts behind the wheel and on the hood provide plenty of jaw-dropping excitement.
DIR/SCR/PROD Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino; PROD Elizabeth Avellan, Erica Steinberg. US, 2007, color, 191 min. RATED R
Fri, Apr 5, 9:30; Sat, Apr 6, 9:45
Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied France... Brad Pitt leads “The Basterds,” a group of hardbitten, mainly Jewish Americans recruited for the Nazi killin’ business, while fugitive French-Jewish cinephile Mélanie Laurent hatches her own plot to win the war. With the infamous “Jew Hunter” Christoph Waltz (in an Oscar-winning performance) hot on both their trails, risks must be taken in order to change the course of history. Tarantino’s ode to war pictures owes just as much to Spaghetti Westerns: anti-heroics, bloody-minded revenge and the music of Ennio Morricone. With Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth and Mike Myers.
DIR/SCR Quentin Tarantino; PROD Lawrence Bender. US/Germany, 2009, color, 153 min. RATED R
Fri, Apr 12, 9:30; Sat, Apr 13, 7:30; Mon, Apr 15, 7:30--just added!