“Django” must be one of the most used names in a film title, as shown by these search results on IMDB. Most of them were sequels to this film, the one that started it all off, and most of those were unofficial (there was only one official sequel).

Supposedly this is the best of the non-Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns which I can’t really agree with, I have seen better, but this one is worthy. The voice actors though didn’t really suit the characters they were playing, and some of the dialogue was a bit clichéd and silly. The story was similar to Yojimbo, and was presented as both a remake of that film here in Japan, and also as a sequel to A Fistful of Dollars.

Franco Nero played Django and he rates right up there with Clint and Lee van Cleef in my spaghetti western actors Hall of Fame. He is married to Vanessa Redgrave don’t you know?

The film starts off with Django walking over some rough terrain, pulling a coffin behind him on a rope, and apon reading Wikipedia I found this funny story:

Nero has noted that Corbucci displayed a keen sense of black humour throughout production, which once resulted in the director and his crew abandoning Nero during the shooting of the film’s opening titles as a joke.

What Django had in the coffin was kept a secret until a pivotal scene in the film, I won’t say what happened, but it was one of the highlights of the whole film.

I would not say this is essential viewing, but for spaghetti western fans it is probably one that you should see.

Date watched: July 14th
Score: 7.5/10
Film count 2016: 114


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