For cultural cross-pollination, its hard to top an Italian director on Spanish locations remaking a Japanese samurai movieinspired by an American detective novelas a Western starring a Hollywood cowboy. But of this mixed parentage, the spaghetti Western was bornand with it the career of Sergio Leone, the man who put opera in the horse opera. Ending its summer-long Western series with a megaton bang, The Belcourt devotes every weekend in August to Leones mythic West, starting with his 1964 Yojimbo retooling A Fistful of Dollars and the first appearance of Clint Eastwoods Man with No Name (though known here as Joe). Jeff Menne, who just received his Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt, will host a post-film discussion this afternoon. Coming soon: a rarer-than-rare Nashville screening of Leones 1971 epic Duck, You Sucker! and the return of one of the greatest widescreen spectacles of all time, 1969s Once Upon a Time in the West.
Sat., Aug. 1; Sun., Aug. 2; Mon., Aug. 3, 2009