this month I'm going to be reviewing a handful (or should that be fistful?) of Django movies in anticipation for Quentin Tarantino's new film Django Unchained. As such I thought it would be a good idea to just have a little introduction to the character to those that are unfamiliar with him.
character of Django originates from the 1966 Spaghetti western of the
same name directed by Sergio Corbucci. The film is about a mysterious
cowboy (played by Franco Nero) who comes to a frontier town, dragging a
coffin, and proceeds to get involved in helping a group of Mexican steal
a huge amount of gold from a sadistic army general and his men. It's a
bitter, bleak and very cynical movie that stands at
complete odds to the more polished and safe John Wayne movies of the
The film was not only highly influenced (by Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars) but also highly influential
in its own right and it's often reported that there were over 100
'unofficial' sequels made. The reality is that only about 30 can be
confirmed and almost all of these were movies that were inspired
by Corbucci's vicious western rather than direct continuations. In most
cases, these other 'Django' movies were original films that had the lead
character's name changed during the dubbed process to become Django. As
a consequence Django has his wife, brother and other family members
killed several times, in several different ways.
the fact that these movies had character names changed in
post-production doesn't stop a lot of them from being very interesting
(and often very good) westerns. Obviously Tarantino's new film is going
to continue this tradition, in a very post-modern way, by having Jamie
Foxx's former slave character called Django. I'm happy to see him do
this as I think it will bring the character a lot of attention for
modern audiences and hopefully lead to more of these somewhat forgotten
films getting re-released on DVD.
Hope you enjoy the reviews.