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A different Sergio...
on May 3, 2014
...makes a different Western. Where Sergio Leone gets all the recognition for films like FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY and OUATITW, The "other" Sergio, Corbucci (not to be confused with the OTHER other Sergio, Sergio Sollima) made this important and influential entry in the Spaghetti Western pantheon. How influential? Well, there were literally dozens of films after this one that added the name "Django" to the tile, even though they had nothing whatsoever to do with this film.
Where Leone's films are spectacular, surgical-tool clean masterpieces of pure design, pure STYLE and FEEL...this movie sees the muck and filth and blood and just puts out its arms and does the Nestea Plunge into it all. As a film, it shrieks out its low budget from the rooftops, it revels in its flawed script, and shamelessly declares itself as exploitation cinema. And because of all that, it makes you love it and never let it go. DJANGO's energy and excesses showcase its flaws, but its raw garage-punk sensibility simply sneers winningly and says "So?" It is no exaggeration to say there are images here that will haunt you - the bloody pistol grip propped on the grave marker, the coffin dragged through mud, a red scarf disappearing into quicksand - long after the DVD is back on your shelf. Where, btw, it probably won't gather much in the way of dust - this is one that earns repeat viewings. Bacalov's score is the perfect combination of ghost-town-revenge-western and nightmare circus music, and it fits DJANGO like a glove (a glove caked in mud and dried blood, with the fingertips cut off, natch).
I guess you can tell I like this one. You will too. It's tough not to like. The DVD from Blue Underground gives us a good presentation of Corbucci's classic, along with some nice extras and even an Easter egg. If all you know of Spaghetti Westerns is Leone's work, this is a fantastic jumping off point for exploring the rest of the Euro-western universe. The English dub is...okay, but I recommend the Italian dub, which is fa bene. In the original Italian, Django himself comes across as more of a bastard and less of a Western Hero type, which makes the unfolding events even more satisfying.