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Django (1966) - 6/9/2013 9:47:40 AM   
putthatcookiedown

 

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my shit review of 'Django'

Sergio Corbucci’s directorial debut, this 1966 Spaghetti Western spawned dozens of remakes, faux-sequels and tributes, most recently Tarantino’s epic Django Unchained. Upon viewing it is plain to see the influence this film has had on popular culture and the Western genre.

Coffin hauling Django, played by a dead eyed Franco Nero, becomes mixed up in the war between some local Klu Klux Klan and a band of vicious Mexicans when he rescues prostitute Maria (Loredana Nusciack). Conflict begins as soon as Django rolls into town, followed by his casket and his female friend. The despicable Major Johnson (Eduardo Fajardo) and his troupe of KKK will not stand for outsiders in their territory; a bunch of racists who once served as soldiers in the civil war, they enjoy rounding up Mexicans and murdering them ‘Apocalypto’ style. On the other side are the tequila swilling Mexican bandits, led by head hombre General Hugo (Jose Bodalo). Although Django and the audience are apparently meant to sympathise with this crew of gunslingers, they seem almost as bad as the antagonists and at one stage they cheer and whoop as they feed a man his own ear before shooting him down in the dirt.

Django’s motivations are fuzzy at times but the rollicking action makes up for it. One scene, in which Django mows down countless foes single handed, sets the bar for every Rambo-esque man vs army sequence since. Some of the drama feels dated and insincere, especially a mud wrestle between a bunch of disgruntled prostitutes. Attitudes towards gender show their age too; apparently a ‘real woman’ only lives to be loved and must be protected at all times.

These niggles do not detract from the film overall and the atmosphere and intensity remain. A rousing soundtrack, highlight of which is the recurring main theme, provokes awe and wonder for the hero. The barren, windswept, lawless landscapes are of note and appear to have provided inspiration in everything from Mad Max to computer games like Fallout. This is a Western of grit and longevity, and Nero’s piercing performance as Django is memorable.

4/5
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RE: Django (1966) - 31/12/2013 12:08:48 PM   
chang

 

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Django Unchained is Tarantino's most complete movie yet. It is also his most vital. His storytelling talents match the heft of the tale.

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