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Flawed Landmark
written by PatrickCrain November 7, 2003 - 9:47 AM PST
Looking at Django objectively is quite a challenge. It was certainly influential not only in terms of European westerns but on post-modern American junk cinema lovers (Tarantino especially). As a film, though, it ain't no Man With No Name film no matter how hard it tries. The character of Django is overtly melodramatic and his character building speeches are long winded and induce Cookie Monster eyes (a phenomenon in which one's eyes begin rolling uncontrollably). But what makes this film so incredible is the imagery and the set pieces. While most towns in the spaghetti western genre look as if they are half realized and exist only in a dream, the town in Django looks especially dour and nightmarish. Filled with streets caked in thick mud, the town seems to be pretty devoid of ocupants with the exception of those that stay in the bordello (which, juding by the steam coming from the mouths of the characters, is not the toastiest place on earth). Likewise, the graveyard looks appropriately ramshackle and gothic with its hastily designed grave markers, sprouting weeds and dead trees. And then there's Django. Constantly covered in mud and soot and dragging a coffin behind him, he strikes quite an image. The posse of red-hooded Klansmen also stays with you long after the film is over. Blue Underground's presentation of Django is about as good as it's ever going to get. The colors pop off the screen despite some wear to the print (which is explained in the disclaimer before the presentation). Also, unlike Anchor Bay's presentation, the film has an optional Italian language track that is a vast imporvement over the hatchet job of a dub that was slapped on the film. Then again, the poor dubbing gives the film an extra surreal element that works in its favor (and, truth be told, I found the story a little less confusing while watching the dubbed track). Django is, undoubtedly, a classic of the genre and, by all means, should be seen by anyone with even a passing interest in bloody, action-oriented westerns.


(Average 6.86)
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