9. SPAGHETTI WESTERNS GET A FACELIFT
"Django Unchained" is partially an homage to "Django," a 1966 film that starred Franco Nero and redefined the Spaghetti Western genre. Although Tarantino's latest is set mostly in Mississippi, the film honors the Italian-bred Western, with a gun-slinging outlaw hero in Foxx taking names and forging his own illustrious legacy. "I like evoking the 'Django' title for what it means to Spaghetti Westerns and that mythology," Tarantino says. Fun fact: Nero makes a cameo in "Django" after originally being cast as one of the main characters.