Monday, November 21, 2016

Django Shoots First (1966)

Directed by Alberto de Martino
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Dorado Films)

"Django" kills the bounty hunter who killed his father, then decides to take the body to town himself and claim the reward. He finds out he stands to inherit half the town, but the other half belongs to a banker who wants it all to himself. He tries to have Django killed but his hired henchman fail, so instead he tries to frame him for a bank robbery and murder. He gets out of that jam thanks to the bankers wife, but she turns out to have other issues, including an ex-husband. Django almost makes it out of town with the cash from the robbery, but has to settle for running the bank with the pretty bar maid he met earlier. Satisfying early Spaghetti Western refreshingly free of the genre's usual stark violence and misogyny. Cinematographer Riccardo Pallottini works in a few astounding close-ups and artistic framing.

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