Django
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'Franco Nero as Django
in "Django strikes again" (1987)'
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Django is a fictional coffin-dragging stranger in a few dozen Spaghetti Western films, originally played by Franco Nero but eventually portrayed by many other actors.[1]

Short description[edit | edit source]

Django is a man with sad, impenetrable face. He is not that strong mentally, he talks rarely, but always ready to shoot down a few bastards[2]. In 1966 film he looks very tired, unshaven and covered in mud, dragging a coffin with a surprise inside - an unspecified pattern 22-barrels machine gun.

He was pitiless and revengeful, quick to decide, and a master of every weapon. A man, everybody would like to have seen dead.
Django official trailer

Character in popular culture[edit | edit source]

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Django Chapel

The coffin-dragging theme and other notable characteristics became an inspiration for various artists to portray it in different way. For example, like Django Chapel, by the San Francisco-based collaborative team of Jarrett Mitchell and Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough, and other works of modern artists [1]. In music it was expressed in the series of songs under the same theme A Gun, a Coffin, and a Guitar, with themes and songs by Ennio Morricone, Luis E. Bacalov, Stelvio Cipriani, Bruno Nicolai, André Hossein, Antón García Abril, Carlo Rustichelli, Nico Fidenco and other composers .

Other facts[edit | edit source]

  • Django came back from Civil War four years after it was ended.[3]
  • Unlike other western heroes, Django is never seen riding a horse.[3] But constantly carrying a saddle along with a coffin.
  • Django (1966) was banned in several countries[4].

Complete list of appearances[edit | edit source]

The "Django" character lasted through thirty films, only the first of which was actually directed by Sergio Corbucci [4].

  • Django (1966)
  • Django, this bullet for You (1966)
  • Django strikes first (1966)
  • Django the last slaughter (1967)
  • Django, shoot! If You alive, shoot! (1967)
  • Don't wait, Django! Shoot! (1967)
  • Son of Django (1967)
  • Ten thousand dollars for a massacre (1967)
  • Man, pride, revenge (1967)
  • Django kills slowly (1968)
  • Django get a coffin ready! (1968)
  • Django does not forgive (1969)
  • Gallows-rope for Django (1969)
  • False Django (1969)
  • Django the bastard (1969)
  • One damned day at dawn… Django meets Sartana (1969)
  • Django against Sartana (1970)
  • Django and Sartana are comming… It's the end! (1970)
  • Sartana’s here… trade your pistol for a coffin (1970)
  • Django defies Sartana (1971)
  • Django is allways No 2 (1971)
  • Django's cut price corpses (1971)
  • A ballad of Django (1971)
  • A gun for Django (1971)
  • A man called Django (1971)
  • Shoot, Django! Shoot first! (1971)
  • Django... Adios! (1972)
  • Long live Django! (1972)
  • Django strikes again (1987)
  • Sukiyaki Western: Django (2007)

Along with these semi-official Django sequels, many Italian westerns took Django's outfit and name in vain. A plethora of black-garbed, black-hatted heroes (wearing grey scarves and fingerless gloves) appeared in films like Today it's me... Tomorrow You (1968) and The Unholy Four (1969). Django's prop machine-gun was reused in subsequent BRC Produzione releases Rita of the West and Long Ride from Hell, while in Enzo G. Castellari's Seven Winchesters for a Massacre (1967), the gold is hidden in an Indian cemetery in the grave of the Comanche hero Django.[3]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Rare Spaghetti Western movies on DVD-R and VHS
  2. Template:Ru iconUSSR Union of Writers "Детская литература‎/Children Literature" Moscow: Khudozhestvennaya Literatura, 1989
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Hughes, Howard (2006). Once Upon a Time in the Italian West: The Filmgoers' Guide to Spaghetti Westerns (illustrated ed.). I.B. Tauris. pp. 57-69. ISBN 9781850438960. http://books.google.com/books?id=LYK0wT-V9ocC. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Stephen Prince "Sam Peckinpah's The wild bunch". Published by: Cambridge University Press, 1999 - 228 p. ISBN 0521586062, 9780521586061 (P.152)

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