Django / Original 1966 Version

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This tough, bloody, gun-crazy 1966 Italian action flick from Sergio Corbucci (Navajo Joe, Super Fuzz) pistol-whipped and hog-tied into submission the spaghetti western genre already made popular by Leone’s iconic “Man with No Name” trilogy, creating an international sensation all its own and spawning over 30 official sequels and countless knock-offs. European superstar Franco Nero (he of the unnaturally piercing blue eyes), in his star-making role, is Django, a tortured and enigmatic drifter who limps into a cruddy, mud-caked town (which is seemingly populated only by whores and a bartender), dragging behind him a heavy coffin for reasons unknown. Possibly looking for a little peace and quiet, he’s soon caught up in a crazed battle between racist, red-hooded clansmen and a gang of trigger-happy banditos. As the guns begin to blaze and the bodies begin to drop, our hard-boiled anti-hero plays both sides of the fence, leading everyone to wonder exactly where his allegiance lies … and perhaps more importantly, exactly who – or what- is in that coffin? Filled with iconic images (Django dragging that damned coffin through the mud and grime) and still-shocking violence (an infamous ear-slicing scene liberally borrowed by Tarantino for Reservoir Dogs), Django is a misanthropic good time at the movies just begging to be rediscovered as Tarantino’s brand-new Django Unchained (also featuring Franco Nero!) hits theatres. (Dir. by Sergio Corbucci, 1966, Italy, in Italian with English subtitles, Not Rated, Rialto Pictures/Blue Underground) HD Digital