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A FISTFUL OF SPAGHETTI WESTERNS

August at the Trylon

The term spaghetti western evokes dusty landscapes, loner anti-heroes, ruthless villains, and the forlorn wailing soundtracks of Ennio Morricone. Emerging in the mid-1960s, the films featured international casts and used locations in Italy and Spain as stand-ins for the American West. Their enduring appeal lies not only in their exhilarating action but also in their operatic staging and sense of dread.

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Past Films in this Series

Starts Fri, August 3

DJANGO

(1966, DCP, 92m, Italian with English subtitles) dir Sergio Corbucci w/Franco Nero, José Bódalo, Loredana Nusciak. Django (Nero) is a Union soldier turned drifter who drags a coffin behind him as he confronts a group of Southern racists and a band of Mexican revolutionaries. As brutal as they come, this film was initially banned in the UK. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:00 SUN 3:00 5:00

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Starts Sun, August 5

THE BIG GUNDOWN

(1966, DCP, 110m, Italian with English subtitles) dir Sergio Sollima w/Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian, Nieves Navarro. Boasting one of Morricone’s best scores and a fantastic final shootout, The Big Gundown is a stylish and cerebral tale that turns the trope of a lawman hunting down a criminal on its head. SUN 7:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:15

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Starts Fri, August 10

FISTFUL OF DOLLARS

(1964, 35mm, 99m) dir Sergio Leone w/Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Gian Maria Volontè. The film that got the spaghetti western rolling was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo. The drifting Man with No Name (Eastwood) plays two greedy clans off each other, resulting in mutual destruction. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:00 SUN 3:00 5:00

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Starts Sun, August 12

FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE

We're proud of our Century 35mm projection system at the Trylon, but on rare occasions we receive a 35mm print that isn't up to our standards. This print arrived badly faded, and we've made the call to switch to digital cinema projection for the remainder of its run. We enjoy working with and projecting 35mm film, but ultimately our first responsibility to you is to present the best cinema experience possible, on any format.  (1965, DCP, 132m) dir Sergio Leone…

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Starts Fri, August 17

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

(1966, DCP, 178m) dir Sergio Leone w/Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach. The Good (Eastwood), The Bad (Van Cleef), and The Ugly (Wallach) pursue a stash of gold hidden in a remote cemetery. Each man knows only part of the puzzle, and so must keep the others alive long enough to get the loot. FRI/SAT 7:00 SUN 3:00 6:30

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Starts Mon, August 20

THE GREAT SILENCE

(1968, DCP, 105m, Italian with English subtitles) dir Sergio Corbucci w/Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff. Could there be a greater villain than Kinski? Here he’s a vicious outlaw with only a mute gunfighter standing between him and a young widow. This western gets its first-ever North American theatrical release! MON/TUES 7:00

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Starts Mon, August 20

KEOMA

(1976, DCP, 105m) dir Enzo G. Castellari w/Franco Nero, William Berger, Olga Karlatos. After the Civil War, a gang of ex-Confederate racists have taken over the hometown of an ex-Union soldier, Keoma (Nero). He must exact revenge and rescue the town’s soul. MON/TUES 9:00

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Starts Fri, August 24

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST

(1968, DCP, 164m) dir Sergio Leone w/Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson. When the family of Jill McBain (Cardinale) is murdered by a mercenary who works for the railroad, she has to rely on the goodwill of a pair of desperados. Leone’s keen sense of pacing is on full display in this masterfully tense tale of revenge. FRI/SAT 7:00 SUN 3:00 6:00

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Starts Mon, August 27

CEMETERY WITHOUT CROSSES

(1969, DCP, 90m) dir Robert Hossein w/Hossein, Michèle Mercier, Lee Burton. This melancholic twist on the standard gunfighter tale focuses on Manuel (Hossein), a man driven into kidnapping and revenge. Cynical and heady, Cemetery without Crosses deserves a new audience, and another listen to its great André Hossein score. MON/TUES 7:00 8:45

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