Spaghetti Western

[7.0] I prefer the more crude and raw qualities of the first film over this sequel, which may be a little more polished but is also a bit less mysterious. Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name is upstaged in the end by Lee Van Cleef as a rival bounty hunter, but director Sergio Leone still fuels the film with enough piss and vinegar to make …

[7.5] Franco Nero stars as a coffin-dragging vigilante who fights his way out between a gang of Mexican bandits and a militia of white supremacists in Django, one of the most famous of the spaghetti westerns. While director Sergio Corbucci certainly tries to emulate the style of Sergio Leone, Django is nonetheless a tight, well-paced, grittily entertaining piece of B-cinema. Franco Nero carries the movie …

[8.0] I never particularly liked Westerns until I saw this film, my first ‘Spaghetti Western.’ Most people credit Sergio Leone for inventing the genre. If it weren’t for his so-called Man With No Name trilogy (three films starring Clint Eastwood, of which A Fistful of Dollars is the first) the sub-genre may have never taken flight. What Leone did was take the stagey, polished, over-produced …