Beginning March 20th, Greenwich Library will begin a new series of programs devoted to cult films. As FilmSite.org,puts it, cult films...
...have limited but very special appeal. Cult films are usually strange, quirky, offbeat, eccentric, oddball, or surreal, with outrageous, weird, unique and cartoony characters or plots, and garish sets. They are often considered controversial because they step outside standard narrative and technical conventions. They can be very stylized, and they are often flawed or unusual in some striking way.
More importantly, these films have the ability to touch their intended following, influencing anyone even remotely interested in film production. It's these so-called fringe or over the top movies that Greenwich Library Cult Films, through our extensive catalog, intends to expose to a much wider and appreciative audience.
We'll kick off the series with a showing of the classic 1966 spaghetti western Django, starring Franco Nero and directed by Sergio Corbucci on Thursday March 20th in the Meeting Room. Details here. This grim, violent and powerful thriller about the title character (played by Nero) playing two vicious gangs against each other while plotting revenge AND stealing a ton of gold packs a powerful impact.
Though barely seen within the United States at the time of it's release, Django proved amazingly popular with audiences around the world. Several so-called "sequels" were produced to cash in on the film's success. (We even have one of them listed here in our catalog.)
Over the decades, it's influence was seen in the works of various directors,including Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood (whose 1973 film High Plains Drifter "borrows" some elements from the Corbucci film). More recently,Quentin Tarantino's 2012 hit Django Unchained was (besides being an exciting and compelling anti-slavery western) an acknowledged homage to the works of Corbucci, Sergio Leone, and other artists who produced these spaghetti westerns in the 60s and 70s.
(What is a spaghetti western, you ask? Click here.)
Forthcoming films in the series will include Tim Burton's underrated 1994 work Ed Wood and Roman Polanski's 1962 Knife in the Water. Some material may, as the saying goes, be too mature for younger audiences. Check out our new Cult Films webpage here.
Watch for updates on the program at this blog, as well as on Twitter.