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The Hills Run Red: Italian Westerns, Leone, and Beyond

Friday, January 25, 2013
9:10 p.m. Navajo Joe
Sergio Corbucci (Italy/Spain, 1966)

Score by Ennio Morricone!
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(Un dollaro a testa). Burt Reynolds was a young TV star with episodes of Gunsmoke, Flipper, and Twilight Zone behind him. With a raggedy rug and his complexion cosmetically darkened, Navajo Joe was his way onto the hi-yo silver screen. Nimble and nasty, Joe comes upon the remains of his slaughtered village, his scalped wife included. This sets him on the warpath, wreaking revenge upon the gang of perps, led by Aldo Sambrell, as they plan a train robbery. Corbucci’s righteous renegade gets deadly payback as due justice. Part of Ennio Morricone’s score, complete with embedded screams, was lifted for Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol. 2.

—Steve Seid

• Written by Dean Craig, Fernando Di Leo, from a story by Ugo Pirro. Photographed by Silvano Ippoliti. With Burt Reynolds, Aldo Sambrell, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Fernando Rey. (92 mins, In English, Color, ‘Scope, 35mm, From Park Circus)