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Italian director Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns were some of the best of a decidedly American genre. By stripping away all but the bare necessities of the western formula, Leone created powerful films that openly questioned how the West was most often portrayed on-screen. But in the first feature for which he was credited as director, The Colossus of Rhodes, Leone took on another genre: the Greek epic. And though Leone approached the film in much the same way he would later interpret his westerns, Colossus—in personal vision—clearly fails where his next credited turn behind the camera, Fistful of Dollars, would succeed. Colossus screens at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (Jacob Long)