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‘The Hateful Eight’: How Ennio Morricone Wrote His First Western Score in 40 Years

‘The Hateful Eight’: How Ennio Morricone Wrote His First Western Score in 40 Years
Quentin Tarantino first met composer Ennio Morricone at the Cannes premiere of “Inglourious Basterds.” A longtime fan of Spaghetti Westerns like “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” featuring some of Morricone’s most iconic work, and “The Grand Duel,” scored by Morricone contemporary Luis Bacalov, Tarantino used some of the maestro’s work from “The Battle of Algiers,” “The Big Gundown” and “Allonsanfàn” in the film. He also later used elements from “Two Mules for Sister Sara” and “The Hellbenders” in the 2012 slavery drama “Django Unchained,” as well as an original song, “Ancora Qui.”

However, Morricone reportedly told a group of film students in Rome in 2013 that he wasn’t happy with the way Tarantino “places music in his films without coherence,” and reportedly said he “wouldn’t like to work with him again, on anything.” He later said all of that had been misconstrued. “I never made a
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Brazilian Star Who Became First Actress to Be Seen Naked in a Mainstream Film Has Died

Norma Bengell dead at 78: Iconic (and controversial) Brazilian film, stage, television, and recording star made history as the first actress to be seen naked (full frontal) in a mainstream film (photo: Norma Bengell and John Herbert in ‘As Cariocas’) Norma Bengell, a sort of Brazilian Jeanne Moreau, Brigitte Bardot, and Jane Fonda rolled into one, died of lung cancer in her hometown of Rio de Janeiro on October 9, 2013. She was 78. Best known internationally for her leading-lady roles in several Italian-made cult classics of the mid-’60s, Norma Bengell was known in Brazil as a controversial show business veteran and for being the first “name” actress (purportedly anywhere in the world) to be seen fully naked — full frontal — in a mainstream film. Note: Hedy Lamarr, then billed as Hedy Kiesler, does swim and run around in the nude in Gustav Machaty’s 1933 Czech drama Ecstasy. However, Lamarr’s naked swimming was disguised by the water,
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A Guide to the Film References in Django Unchained

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(This article contains some minor spoilers for Django Unchained and be warned that most of the clips included are Nsfw)

Like many of Tarantino’s previous films Django Unchained is filled to the brim with film references. Below I’ve attempted to guide you through some of these references and links to other films.

I’ve only seen the film once at a screening and am sure that given the opportunity to sit down with the film on Blu-ray I will undoubtedly find even more, so the following is in no way definitive but hopefully provides some answers to for those wondering what Tarantino was referencing in Django Unchained. Also, most importantly, hopefully it will lead you to check out some of the films in question.

The most obvious film reference in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is right there in the title. Django was a 1966 ‘spaghetti western’ directed by
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Quentin Tarantino: my inspiration for Django Unchained

The director tells how he transposed the violent spaghetti westerns of Sergio Corbucci to the antebellum south

Acclaimed in the United States and due for release here next month, Quentin Tarantino's western Django Unchained is the violent story of a slave on a mission to free his wife. Tarantino's biggest influences for the film, he says, were the spaghetti westerns of the Italian director Sergio Corbucci.

Any of the western directors who had something to say created their own version of the west: Anthony Mann created a west that had room for the characters played by Jimmy Stewart and Gary Cooper; Sam Peckinpah had his own west; so did Sergio Leone. Sergio Corbucci did, too, but his was the most violent, surreal and pitiless landscape of any director in the history of the genre. His characters roam a brutal, sadistic west.

Corbucci's heroes can't really be called heroes.
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Aldo Sanbrell: A Personal Tribute By Cinema Retro's John Exshaw

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Aldo Sanbrell photographed in 2007 by John Exshaw. (Photo copyright John Exshaw. All rights reserved.)

By John Exshaw

With the death of Aldo Sanbrell, who passed away in Alicante last Saturday (10 July), aged 79, another link to the great days of Italian film-making – and the Italian Western, in particular – has been lost. The only actor to appear in all of Sergio Leone’s Westerns, Aldo was the most prominent and recognisable of all those mean-looking hombres who rode the badlands and bit the dust of Almería in those far-off days when southern Spain was the Wild West – Italian style. Asked once by a British director if he “knew how to die,” Aldo replied, “Oh yes, señor, I have been killed in many film fights here in Almería. I have died for Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Charles Bronson, George Scott . . . I have made 185 films and I
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