Keoma (1976)

5.0 out of 5

Penned by, among others, George Eastman the late western Keoma has been released as both Django Rides Again and Django's Great Return and this is apt. Not only can Franco Nero's character Keoma be interpreted as a Django, the character he himself made famous, but if Donald O'Brien here as Caldwell were to try on the spurred boots of Major Jackson he may well find they fit. This is a point that could be further underscored by an opening and bar room segment that, coffin dragging aside, is lifted straight from Sergio Corbucci's highly influential genre entry.

On a superficial level there are similarities between this incredible film and Enzo G. Castellari's post nuclear New Barbarians with Woody Strode wielding a bow and arrow in place of Fred Williamson for a similarly constructed shoot out.

From a highly informative and gratefully received contribution submitted to the Italian Film Review Facebook page it seems the soundtrack provided by Guido and Maurizio de Angelis features the vocals of Susan Duncan Smith the sister of the former leader of the British Conservative Party Iain.

Tackling racism and the desire for freedom this incredibly effective and quick paced post Civil War western features wonderful slow motion shoot outs that add impact and the film draws, as a late entry, on the best of what had gone before within the genre.

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