Venice fest gets spaghetti meal


With Italian film buff Quentin Tarantino on hand as a co-presenter, the fourth edition of the Venice Film Festival's popular Secret History of Italian Film sidebar will examine more than 40 years of spaghetti Westerns.

Venice fest organizers said that Tarantino, who also participated in the inaugural Secret History event in 2004, will be one of several directors, producers, actors and writers honoring the genre of Italy-based Westerns launched by Sergio Leone's 1964 classic "A Fistful of Dollars."

The program, selected in part by scholars, will feature about 40 completely restored classic features. Among the films scheduled to screen are "El Desperado," from Franco Rossetti; Sergio Corbucci's "Django"; "Blood for a Silver Dollar," from Giorgio Ferroni; and "Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead," by Giuseppe Vari.

Other films inspired by the genre will screen at the festival, including at least two world premieres. The 64th annual Venice Film Festival is set for Aug. 29-Sept. 8.