Saturday, November 5, 2011

Django the Bastard (1969)

Django (Anthony Steffen) walks into a town and he is about make everyone pay who had betrayed him and left him for death in the battlefield.

Film starts with terrific scene. Django has a wooden cross with him as he walks into town. Cross has a "dead soon to be" guy's name written on it. Django calls out the guy and shoots him. He falls next to the cross, dead. Classic stuff.

Django is this ghost like character, now you see him, now you don't, BANG! You're dead. Look and feel of this film is not like your typical spaghetti western, there is also some horror/gothic stuff thrown in.

To be honest, i was not that impressed by Anthony Steffen's performance. He lacks some of that big screen presence that is totally essential for these kind of roles. Now his character Django is somewhat shallow.

Luciano Rossi makes one of his biggest roles as the madman brother of one of the betraying officers. All the euro fans might wanna check out Kier-La Janisse's book about Luciano Rossi, "A Violent Professional, The Films of Luciano Rossi". Good book about one of the unsung heroes of Italian film industry.

All in all, pretty decent spaghetti western that has some horror/gothic stuff too. If you like this one, you might also wanna check out "And God said to Cain..." , starring Klaus Kinski, it also a revenge story with some horror feel thrown in.


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