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August 4, 2014
A Great Modern Spaghetti Western along with A Fistful Of Dollars,The Great Silence, and Death Rides a Horse
Cameron W. Johnson
Super Reviewer
½ June 20, 2011
Un-un, bambini, this ain't your daddy's lighthearted kind of Italian western. Mind you, it's almost fifty years old, so it might very well be your grandaddy's Italian western, but, in all seriousness, strap in people, because this was considered one of the most violent films of all time... almost fifty years ago. Still, the fact of the matter is that the Italians sure know how to push the envelope, even when it comes to westerns, although, to be fair, that might have just been Sergio Leon's idea. You're not fooling everyone with the surname Corbucci, because we all know that this was your attempt to go back and reboot the "Man with No Name" saga with a lead actor who is actually Italian... and actually has a name. Well, that just goes and blows the mystique, but hey, the character's titular name sure did make for a catchy theme song by Rocky Roberts, and for, like, 100 decent unofficial sequels/rip-offs. Yeah, Django is pretty much to Italian cinema what Wong Fei-hung is to Hong Kong cinema, except the thing is that, with all of my going on about how they finally got a spaghetti western icon who is actually played by an Italian, Django is a dismissed Union soldier. Man, Mexicans are getting the business from everyone, including spaghetti western filmmakers, but I'd be sick of these Italians coming in and taking western film stories that we Americans could use, were it not for the fact that they can make some decent westerns, at least to a certain extent.

Although spaghetti westerns of this type are defined by their being edgier than your garden-variety Hollywood melodrama portrayal of the Old West, there's something romantic about the storytelling him which intentionally draws sometimes near-cheesy histrionics that might be easier to embrace in the context of this romantic story is the story in question didn't get to be so formulaic with its melodramatics. The conventions would in turn be easier to embrace if there weren't refreshing elements here and there throughout this classic "man with no name" type of spaghetti western storyline, betrayed by the conventions that still aren't prominent enough to make the characters as recognizable as they probably should be. This film just wouldn't be what it is were it not for that enigmatic aura to some of the most important characters, who ought to be undercooked, but by under-developing most everyone, Sergio and Bruno Corbucci and Franco Rossetti, as writers, thin out much of the depth to the film, no matter how much time they spend dragging their feet. There are a number of subtly draggy plotting points that meander along, but, considering that the final product is merely a little over 90 minutes long, if nothing else retards momentum, it is a slow "sense" of momentum, for although Sergio Corbucci's direction is generally reasonably colorful, when dry spells kick in, the film dulls down, something that it can't afford to do if it wishes to craft a project whose execution is more rewarding than its concept. Almost all the complaints I just made are only moderate issues, thus, what really holds the final product back is natural shortcomings, as this is a surprisingly mostly action-oriented spaghetti western that seems to force in certain areas of dramatic consequence that still don't do much to beef up the narrative. It all comes down to a pretty disconcertingly abrupt ending, and by that time, it becomes all but impossible to ignore the inconsequentiality of this drama of limited dramatic weight, whose shortcomings are nonetheless stressed throughout the film by histrionics, conventions, developmental issues and slow spells which reflect a certain laziness. Of course, what reflects inspiration is near-shimmering, almost to the point of making a rewarding film, through all of the hiccups, partly through a solid artistic value.

As I said, Luis Bacalov, with the help Alabamian-turned honorary Italian Rocky Roberts opens the film with one seriously catchy theme song, but the soundtrack's flare doesn't quite end there, for although Bacalov's score falls into formula at times, it's never short on a beautiful Italian bite, complimented by some excellent Italian, Latin and classical-style guitar work, and punctuated by some subtle and intensity which characterizes the particular grit of spaghetti westerns, as surely as art direction defines the look of any western. Carlo Simi's art direction is subtle, but that only adds to the convincingness of this era, and rather handsomely, at least when the visuals and production values behind cinematography by Enzo Barboni whose bleak palette is handsomely unique, even to this day. The films good lucks have done a fine job of standing the test of time, just as its musicality continues to engage, thus, the film is, if nothing else, an artistic hit that offers much to compliment style, while substance is largely complimented by some solid performances. Now, the English dub offers some questionable voice acting, but most everyone actually does just fine, whether you be observing them in the original Italian, or simply paying attention to their physical performances, with Franco Nero, despite not being given many layers, standing out with an enigmatic charisma that makes the titular Django character a memorable soft-spoken lead, who is still memorable largely because of the characterization. Well, due to dramatic meat's being thin, the characterization is thin, both in expository depth and in dimension, but as a portrait on the romantic, yet brutally lawless world of an Old West nearing Mexico, this film's thematic depth thrives on the characters, providing some degree of weight that all but compensates for the inconsequentiality which plagues so much of the story concept. Sergio Corbucci's directorial interpretation of this story further brings the final product to the brink of rewarding, with style that is particularly sharp during some intense, if a little noisy action sequences, broken up by a fluffless atmosphere which you could hardly find in Hollywood westerns of the time, and which power the heights in dramatic bite which are too limited in this film. Granted, the film's bite was always to be limited by a certain dramatic minimalism, but, for what this is, there is a lot of inspiration, enough to make an adequately entertaining and gripping western thriller that, at the very least, borders on rewarding.

Overall, certain histrionics are made all the more glaring by conventions, while underdevelopment, dragging and bland atmospheric dry spells emphasize the film's lacking a dramatic solid story concept to begin with, thus, the final product falls short of rewarding, but is nonetheless carries close enough by excellent scoring, decent art direction, handsome cinematography, good performances, - particularly by the charismatic Franco Nero - memorable characters and slick direction - highlighted by strong action and some biting dramatic atmosphere - to make Sergio Corbucci's "Django" a reasonably thrilling, if flawed spaghetti western classic.

2.75/5 - Decent
June 12, 2014
This is more like it. After Leone's films, Django is probably the most famous Spaghetti Western, and with good reason. Banned in the UK for decades due to it's (now fairly tame) violent content, Django is the story of a coffin dragging Union soldier seeking revenge in a grimy Southern town.

Briskly paced with a ludicrous body count and a sadistic streak, Django also has one of the all-time great Western showdowns, mud wrestling prostitutes and a theme tune so good that Tarantino used it in his version.

Highly recommended.
July 20, 2013
Let's sing the music together,DJANGO!!!

A Well-Deserved "classic" metal.Echoed intro music and an anti-protagonist dragging a coffin that hiding something gigantic that could kill 40 men or more than that.Can you say no?unless you are not fancy with oldies,then sorry to you that you truly miss real-good stuff.
July 1, 2010
A pretty cool Spaghetti western with a really cool protagonist.
January 15, 2013
If you love westerns, then you'll love this film! Corbucci is a master when it comes to the art of spaghetti westerns. Plus it has some of the best shootouts I've ever seen, and the catchiest theme song.
March 27, 2014
Franco Nero has quickly become a fan favorite on my movie nights, and this is proof why. If you enjoyed Tarantinos recent homage, you may be interested to check out this, albeit not very similar. If you need a little push to be convince
d; the main character drags around a coffin the whole film which no one knows what resides inside.... yeah, that's why you should check this one out.
½ October 9, 2012
Django is simply riveting and ferocious.
½ March 23, 2014
Great over dubbed action with a gat gun and some dirt n mud.
½ December 24, 2013
unos de los western mas increibles y originales que se han creado
½ December 25, 2013
One of the better westerns I've seen, even though the version I saw was dubbed.
½ November 17, 2007
Not as good as the Leone spaghetti westerns, but it has its moments.
April 4, 2013
Definitely one of the best, or possibly the best of all spaghetti westerns.
October 15, 2013
it had some of the best action sequences ahead of its of the most stylized western spaghetti movie
September 27, 2013
Non ho mai visto molti western. Non so se sia meglio o peggio di altri ad essere sincero. L'ho trovato positivo tutto sommato, però non eccezionale. Un momento decisamente alto e che fa pendere la decisione suo favore del positivo è la scazzottata nel bar verso la fine, con 5 minuti di ignoranza allo stato puro dovea parlare sono stati solo i pugni. Ogni tanto ci vuole.
November 14, 2007
The story and the directing are quite pedestrian, and it didn't age very well. Still, spagetti westerns are a very cool genre.
August 13, 2012
The Spaghetti Western genre is known to be a low budget violent take on the Western film genre, and Sergio Corbucci's Django takes that as a challenge. Django takes it that one step further to the extent that you'd think it was made on a budget of $350. The shoddy english dubbing is poor so it makes the actors look bad, the cheapness commonly shows and it clearly is attempting to parallell A Fistful of Dollars, but Django is so epic that it just makes the film that much better.

Although its unclear how confident a character Franco Nero is attempting to portray Django as the english dubbing was rather poor, he's still pretty iconic with his Coffin and his Chaingun to ensure Django sticks out as a spaghetti western. His performance would probably be a lot better in its original italian,The action is epic and enjoyable and considering the budget it's fairly great how far they got. It's story is fairly interesting and it constantly maintains a good intense tone. The style is strong, the cinematogtaphy is good and the titular song is iconic and worthy of an Academy Award nomination.
Django is surely a prime example of the Spaghetti Western genre, and its sort of the El Mariachi of Spaghetti Westerns, due to its simple and similar story, low budget and positive focus on action. The brutality it in Django is great because of the alternating of the film between focusing on blood and merely focusing on what is factually occurring. Although this is inconsistent, it makes Django fun to watch without excess of blood.
Django is really a landmark for spaghetti westerns due to its high level of violence, devotion to script and symbolism. There is really a lot of effort put into play in Django, and so it's easy to see how it became such a famous western with so many unofficial sequels to it.
It's just strongly stylish, and features a strongly composed musical score. Plus, the cinematography is strong and fairly iconic of the film style, and really Sergio Corbucci gave it his all as director of Django which made it a hell of an entertaining piece. It's the awesome cheap action, the weaponry, the hype surrounding Django as a character and the prostitutes wrestling in mud which renders Django an awesome spaghetti western film. Django is laughable for its qualities but too fun to pass up, and its legacy has stretched as far as hitting Quentin Tarantino for his 2012 Spaghetti Western Masterpiece Django Unchained.
August 6, 2013
Written, produced and directed by Sergio Corbucci (Minnesota Clay (1965), Johnny Oro (1966) and Navajo Joe (1966)), this ultra-violent western was made when the spaghetti western was starting to become popular. Compared to the grand epics Sergio Leone made, Sergio Corbucci kept it small, focused and to the point, and there's a lot of bloodshed in this film, but Django became a popular character. Django (Franco Nero) is a drifter wandering around the Wild West, carrying a closed coffin with him. He rescues Maria (Loredana Nusciak) from the clutches of the evil Major Jackson (Eduardo Fajardo), who Django has sworn revenge on after Jackson murdered Django's wife. Django tries to make a deal with Mexican General Hugo Rodriguez (José Bódalo) to steal gold from Jackson, but Rodriguez betrays Django, so Django steals Rodriguez's gold, but has his hands crushed as punishment. But, Jackson isn't finished with Django or Rodriguez, and he plans to massacre anyone involved with either of the two men, but Django has a plan too. It's a good, sparse western, it has some good moments of action and Nero makes a good action hero as well. There were dozens of unofficial sequels made following the success of this film, plus the title song and Nero were used for Django Unchained (2012). Oh, Quentin!!
July 15, 2013
Las actuaciones, la violencia y los giros en la trama de "Django" lo hacen uno de los grandes clásicos del Spaghetti Waestern a pesar de la sobre actuación de sus duelos a pistola que ya no convencen actualmente.
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