Django the Bastard / Django il bastardo (1969)

2.5 out of 5


Anthony Steffen takes up the reins as Django but looks nothing at all like Franco Nero of the original movie. It is therefore just as well that so much of Django the Bastard is filmed at night. Unfortunately Steffen looks nothing like Nero in the dark either. Django has also switched sides in the American Civil War as we learn from a cinematic revisionist flashback.

Luciano Rossi, perennial spear carrier of Italian genre film, has been given something substantial to do and has been rewarded with suitably high billing and offers a tantalising glimpse at what his career could have been if he had not taken the route of man in crowd, security guard, chemist and other blink and they will be missed roles.

There is a certain supernatural horror feel to Django the Bastard as it is suggested that the eponymous hero is in fact avenging his own demise.

The cinematography is sadly, for the most part, uninspired and disinterested but this changes for the better during the gun battle finale. Unfortunately the finale serves to remind the viewer of the film of the largely unrealised potential of Django the Bastard.




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