On the next edition of “The Freak Power Ticket,” hear special guest John Bender, a retro ‘Euro-Cult’ film music expert and semi-regular program contributor (Film Score Monthly & Video Watchdog magazine), as he joins host Ted Coe for part two of a series of conversations inspired by Quentin Tarantino‘s 2013 Oscar-winning Western (or “Southern,” as Tarantino has called it), Django Unchained.

django-unchained-poster-e1357542813658They will be sharing music connected to the Spaghetti Western film-scoring tradition, and discussing that cinematic sub-genre ‒ including legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone and his key contemporaries ‒ plus the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s that have likewise influenced much of Tarantino’s work.

Matteo Garrone: The Dark Side of Italian Cinema - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Matteo Garrone: The Dark Side of Italian Cinema – CLICK TO ENLARGE

During the last segment of today’s hourlong broadcast, Coe will be joined by KCSB’s Harry Lawton, a Professor of Italian Cinema, as they discuss the contemporary filmmaker Matteo Garrone, whose work is being featured locally during the three-part series, Matteo Garrone: The Dark Side of Italian Cinema, which screen on Thursdays through May 23rd, 7pm, in UCSB’s Pollock Theater (courtesy of the Carsey-Wolf Center and UCSB’s Film and Media Studies Department).

This week’s screening is the 2004 release Primo Amore (on Thursday, May 16), followed by the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix winner Gomorra (Thursday, May 23).


“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the spring from 11am-12noon.