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Django Reviews

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August 22, 2013
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.
July 14, 2013
Curious to see what inspired Tarantino.
½ July 12, 2013
This film has rave reviews, but I was left disappointed. Literally and metaphorically it is meaningless slog through a sea of mud.
July 3, 2013
One of the greatest spagetthi westerns ever made. Franco Nero is one bad mother f**ker. A quailty soundtrack from Luis Bacalov.
½ July 2, 2013
Django (1966) is one of my top 5 western favorites. A story about a dark figure who walks through the western desert dragging a coffin. Wherever he goes, trouble seems to follow him. Everything about this movie is cool, the costumes, dialogue and the acting. I have to warn you about the differences in the English language and the original Italian soundtrack. I implore you to watch the italian version because it has all the cool heady dialogue. The English soundtrack is very bland and cliche ridden, it destroys the movie and turns it into a joke. I highly recommend the Italian language track. Stay away from the dubbed version, you'll lose all of the religious and political overtones and classic lines. The english version has an actor doing a very weak and lame Clint Eastwood impersonation, bad...real bad.
½ June 29, 2013
One of the great spaghetti westerns and my second favorite Sergio Corbucci movie. It doesn't quite have the strong direction of other westerns such as Sergio Leone movies, but it still has a very tense, dark atmosphere and a completely aggressive, awesome protagonist (named Django) that is relatable (not quite on the same level, though) to the Man With No Name. The plot itself is too interesting to pass, and it really delivers- a stranger dragging a coffin is caught up between two different "gangs", which are Mexican revolutionaries and General Jackson's men. The plot is pretty similar to A Fistful of Dollars, where Clint Eastwood is in the middle of two rivaling gangs, and that plot was taken from Yojimbo. The action is quite brutal at times, even for a moderately low budget movie, but there was no point where I was bored because of the intriguing plot and the awesome performance by Franco Nero.

Corbucci's direction is very fitting for the gritty, vicious atmosphere, which almost perfectly represents the brutality of its setting. This movie has some very memorable scenes, particularly Django revealing what's in his coffin, and the final fight. Unfortunately, some parts of the movie did not quite age well, and are quite campy, and some of the dialogue is pretty bad. However, it seems to have a great influence on westerns because it supposedly led to the creation of countless unofficial sequels (only one official sequel), and also greatly inspired Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained). It is an absolutely awesome classic spaghetti western that despite its minor but glaring flaws, has not only created a huge influence for both older and modern directors, but is an entertaining, great movie.
June 27, 2013
A Spaghetti Western set in a violent and dreary American West of muddy, impassable roads and rickety, broken-down, wooden buildings, 'Django' is a revisionist Western which remixes traditional elements of the genre like dance hall girls and shootouts into a daringly re-imagined portrait of the Old West. Graphically it's violent, with whippings, dismemberments and a particularly brutal disfigurement of the eponymous hero's hands, while philosophically it's nihilist, portraying a completely hopeless world of cyclical eye-for-an-eye style revenge and retribution. It manages to rise above it's exploitation elements with a love story told through elisions and glances and a hero who can really kick ass.
½ June 26, 2013
Now I want to drag a coffin around.
June 23, 2013
A very good movie. Christopher Waltz's performance is brilliant. You genuinely end up loving the guy. Foxx is damn cool. However Samuel L Jackson's performance unfortunately strays into 'The Nutty Professor' or 'Big Fat Momma's House'. For me it actually showed up for the first time that outside Jackson's typecast role, he isn't a very good actor. No nuance or subtlety to it. Played just for pantomimic levels of mugging and terrible 'old person acting' which ultimately cheapened a really classy film.
June 15, 2013
Before seeing the much hyped Tarantino effort I had to view the original that spawned a genre of hundreds of Italian spaghetti westerns.
The film was banned on its 1966 release and you can see why with the violence including the customary shoot outs but whipping, ears being cut off etc.
The English dubbing is awful and sounds like a Radio 4 show.
The soundtrack bar the dubbing is good and the Django theme sounds very Matt Munro!
The title character is played by Franco Nero who certainly gives Clint Eastwood the man with no name in the Sergio Leone films a run for his money.
You can see the low budget in this film. Had it had the budget of the Leone films it would have been a classic and I think Quentin Tarantino recognises this.
Right now to see the modern version.
May 26, 2013
I've finally seen the original Django, after seeing Django Unchained and Sukiyaki Western Django. And it didn't disappoint, although I did see the dubbed version, I would have preferred subtitles. It's hard to say anything about the acting with someone else's voice over the whole thing, but it was fab, I can see why it inspired so many films using the same name an similar stories, it does make me wanna watch more spaghetti westerns.
May 25, 2013
One of those movies that leaves you in awe of what you've just seen, the cast lives up to the bill and Mr. Candy is grand to say the least.
May 12, 2013
If you consider yourself a fan of Spaghetti Westerns, this is one you should see. A movie I like so much, I have refused to see Django Unchained.
May 10, 2013
Horrible takes the Lords name in vain all throughout the movie! Very violent and encourages the killing of whites by blacks.
May 3, 2013
Django is a mean, unpretentious genre wallow. A wonderfully flavored junk film to nosh on between more nutritious films, with iconography and artful construction that would make Tarantino proud.
May 2, 2013
One of my favorite Tarentino films. Violent, off centered and hilarious at times. Love it.
May 1, 2013
pure crap. Tarantino is so full of himself. Trying to be all edgy and cool. This movie just tries too hard to be cool, and its crap thats been done over and over again.
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