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Flipside presents How The West Was Weird

Djangokill Forget those sleep-inducing, Sunday afternoon westerns, The Flipside are hosting something a little more way out in October at London's BFI - How The West Was Weird.

You see, the Old West was really a dark place, a lonely place and a violent place - something not forgotten by a select bunch of directors. And from Sunday 7th October, you can see how the west really was won. Read on for the season details...

The Great Silence (Il Grande Silenzio)
Aka The Big Silence
Italy - France 1968
Dir Sergio Corbucci
English Language Version 101 mins

Stark, bleak and enigmatic, this legendary Italian film is an eye-opening antidote to the Hollywood western mythos. Mysterious mute bounty hunter Silence searches the snowy mountain wastes for crazed killer Tigrero, essayed with gusto by the brilliant Klaus Kinski, to the accompaniment of one of Morricone's most hauntingly memorable scores.
It Ain't City Music
USA 1973 Dir Tom Davenport 15 mins
A revealing portrait of the National Country Music Contest, Virginia, filled with raw performances - and that's just the spectators - for the camera.

Thurs 11th Oct 18:00 NFT1
Sun 14th Oct 20:30 NFT3

Django Kill (Se Sei Vivo Spara)
Aka If You Live, Shoot
Italy - Spain 1967 Dir Giulio Questi 112 mins
English Language Version

This bizarre, violent, darkly psychedelic Western, filled with strange gothic imagery and black humour, must be seen to be believed. The Stranger digs his way out of his own grave to seek vengeance on his betrayers in a town known only as "The Unhappy Place". On this quest he finds vampire bats, crucifixion, and a camp army of banditos in very fetching black outfits.
UK 1972/73 Dir David Hall and Tony Sinden 10mins
Two gunfighters bear down on each other in an epic, open landscape. They get closer - as does the camera - but when will the first shots by fired?  Sharing its name with the gritty pulp fiction cowboy, Edge is brought to us by the noted experimentalists, Hall and Sinden.

Mon 15th Oct 18:20 NFT2
Wed 17th Oct 20:30 NFT2

The Fiend Who Walked The West
US 1958 Dir Gordon Douglas 101 mins

A rare chance to see this strange Western remake of Kiss Of Death. Rehabilitated robber Dan Hardy is finally released from jail - only to be terrorised by his sadistic ex-cellmate, Felix Griffin. "Made for a perverted and psychotic audience" said Monthly Film Bulletin. Need we say more?
Texas Tom
US 1950 Dir William Hanna 7 mins
This laugh-out-loud Tom and Jerry cartoon classic is also a great send up of the western genre. Warning! Contains imagery of a cat in western wear rolling a cigarette!

Sun 7th Oct 18:20 NFT2
Wed 10th Oct 20:30 NFT3

Find out more at the BFI website


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