Django (1966)

5.0 out of 5

A mysterious stranger drags a coffin behind him as he trudges on through the mud. This stranger is Franco Nero. Franco Nero is Django. This incredible, unforgettable and iconic scene opens what is probably one of the most influential westerns of all time. A film that spawned dozens of unofficial sequels.

So what is in the coffin? Well, that is a surprise. It is especially a surprise to Major Jackson, a villain of this piece.

Django does wander off on the occasional tangent but much of this is to emphasise the moral ambiguity of the lead character and cementing his role in film history as one of the great anti-heroes of cinema.

There are a number of incredible and unforgettable set pieces in this and a graveyard showdown is a masterclass in composition. It cannot be claimed that is to the standard of The Good The Bad And The Ugly, which may well be the Italian western gold standard, but nevertheless Sergio Corbucci's Django is an essential of the genre.

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