Saturday, June 26, 2010

1966 - DJANGO, Italian western where they must have shot about a couple thousand guys

The violence in Leone's Italian westerns looks positively restrained compared to Django.  The lead Franco Nero plays Django, a gunfighter who shoots a hell of a lot of people.  Nero has very blue eyes which with all the shooting leads to the thought "one blew here, and one blew there."

If this is a typical spaghetti western then I'm not sure exactly what "typical" means in this genre.  Everything is exaggerated, the western town is really dirty, the colors are really vibrant and the character development is really next to nothing.  What this film has going for it is lots of action and by that I means lots of people getting shot. 

This is an entertaining film if you are looking for a western with lots of violence and action.  The gunfights are well staged and edited.  The director Sergio Corbucci certainly knows what he is doing behind the camera.  I have to believe all the killing and shooting in this film was meant as some kind of a very sick joke.  As with any of these Italian films, the dubbing  just adds another level of bizarreness to it.  One scene in Django was clearly copied by Tarantino in Reservoir Dogs.

Django is very entertaining but again an extremely violent film.  You gotta love the imagery of the gunfighter dragging a coffin around the west.  Again, like Django the film, it looks cool but just makes no sense.

1 comment:

dave said...

I think you hit on a lot of what differentiates the "typical" spaghetti western from the Leone classics - they are gritty, violent, vibrant, eye catching pulp, and not much else. But, damn if that's not a lot to recommend them! Django sure is a blast, but there's a lot more. Try 4 of the Apocalypse. That's some pulp right there.

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