Django

Django

Ddirected by Sergio Corbucci. 1966, Italy

Spaghetti western stars the always enjoyable to watch Franco Nero in the lead role as the title character Django (pronounced jango without the D). Django looks like your ordinary rough and tumble cowboy except for the coffin he drags behind him wherever he goes (and he doesn't ride a horse so that is different as well when you think about it). When asked about the contents of his coffin he claims its his dead wife. Django walks into a small town where his mysterious presence sparks trouble from a group of red shash wearing elitists who have a strangle hold over the community. We soon see the competent gunfighter Django turns out to be as he violently confronts the whole gang by himself.

Django is a highly entertaining piece of western film work filled with action, gritty tough guy lingo and lots of surprises. Another appealing element is figuring out Nero's character as different sides of him are exposed as the film goes on, you can't tell if he's good, bad or just out for himself. Viewers who are used to Nero's thick Italian accent will be surprised to find out his voice is dubbed over by a dull sounding North American voice.

Sergio Corbucci directed this Italian cult classic and spawned following filmmakers to use Django in the titles of their movies. Head to head with the spaghetti westerns which are more well known to North American audiences Django proves to be as good or better. On a closing note you have to dig the groovy theme music.

-Richard Taylor

 

 

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