Sunday, April 19, 2015

Quentin Tarantino Lists His 20 Favorite Spaghetti Westerns

Currently filming in rocky Colorado, Tarantino's 70mm western "The Hateful Eight" is headed for a fall release from The Weinstein Company. Ahead of that, you can catch up on the movie-geek auteur's top 20 Italian-produced spaghetti westerns.

The list runs the gamut from under-seen obscurities to more obvious favorites, including the original "Django" series starring Franco Nero in the eponymous role. In 2007, Tarantino hosted a massive retrospective of spaghetti westerns at the Venice Film Festival and continues to program his favorites at his New Beverly in Los Angeles. His idol, Sergio Leone, makes more than one appearance throughout the countdown below.

1. "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (Sergio Leone, 1966)

2. "For a Few Dollars More" (Sergio Leone, 1965)

3. "Django" (Sergio Corbucci, 1966)

4. "The Mercenary" (Sergio Corbucci, 1966)

5. "Once Upon a Time in the West" (Sergio Leone, 1968)

6. "A Fistful of Dollars" (Sergio Leone, 1964)

7. "Day of Anger" (Tonino Valerii, 1967)

8. "Death Rides a Horse" (Giulio Petroni, 1967)

9. "Navajo Joe" (Sergio Corbucci,1966)

10. "The Return of Ringo" (Duccio Tessar, 1965)

11. "The Big Gundown" (Sergio Sollima, 1966)

12. "A Pistol for Ringo" (Duccio Tessari, 1965)

13. "The Dirty Outlaws" (Franco Rossetti, 1967)

14. "The Great Silence" (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)

15. "The Grand Duel" (Giancarlo Santi, 1972)

16. "Shoot the Living, Pray for the Dead" (Giuseppe Vari, 1971)

17. "Tepepa" (Giulio Petroni, 1968)

18. "The Ugly Ones" (Eugenio Martin, 1966)

19. "Viva Django!" (Ferdinando Baldi, 1967)

20. "Machine Gun Killers" (Paolo Bianchini, 1968)

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