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Cinema Review: Django by Ramawatar Sharma


Violence as entrapment



Ramawatar Sharma-fnbworlda Uncensored/Ramawatar Sharma


Django 1966 by Sergio Corbucci-fnbworld

Violence is a dominant human emotion. Even our existence is sustained by some form of violence. Film makers all over the world have used violence in various forms as a tool of manifestation.  There might be blood and gore or a depiction of violence in a more impactful way. Nations pass through different time periods with challenging issues and difficult situations. 

There have been so many despots with torturous and cannibalistic traits. Ordinary citizens get trapped in precarious situations and become an easily disposable entity. They get shot even for the fun of killing by the barbaric officers with no questions asked. Almost every act of violence triggers counter-violence and the big battle ensues. Someone has to die to attain peace and survival. This is the basic philosophy of the storyline of a 1966 movie "DJANGO" directed by Sergio Corbucci, an Italian western movie.



There is nothing like originality of script but the creation of situations and sets as well as matching the time period impart a sense of authenticity. There is a lot of killing but it is neither repulsive nor out of place. The coal mining town, the horse tracks and the arms used take the audience in an era gone-by. The tragedy of a local rule-less war, plight of women and hapless and arbitrariness of warlords all are filmed with fineness. The sensitization of audience psychology regarding egoistic conflicts might not be intention of the director but it does happen to some extent.

Franco Nero plays Django, a mysterious coffin-carrying gunslinger with prefect shot. Nero stays in memory because of his mannerism. The old racists of America are represented by Major Jackson played by Eduardo Fajardo, doing complete justice to his role, very cool and cruel.

The Mexicans suffered immensely under the barbaric rule of Racists and Maria ( Loredana Nusciak) was tortured both by Mexicans and the Racists, ultimately saved by Django. Maria and the women at the whorehouse in a deserted town represent the precarious situation of vulnerable people especially women at the time of war between men. They simply become some easily dispensable toys.


Jose Bodala as General Rodriguez exemplify the treachery and brutality of a fickle despot.  The film somewhat resembles the other classic of that time period "A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS" (1964) by director Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood . Originally it is in Italian and its English dubbing is mediocre with the voice of many characters resembling as though done by a single individual.

"DJANGO" was released during 1966 and even after a long time, it still represents itself as a cult classic. The credit should go to director Sergio Corbucci and the lead star Franco Nero. It runs for 90 minutes. The production company was B.R.C Produzione.

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