1. The main character: Django is one of the first anti-heroes of the Western genre (besides Clint Eastwood´s characters in the Sergio Leone films), and a prime example for the “amoral nihilist outlaw” that looks at the world with cynicism
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2. Genre revolution: The old, classical American western has died, but European filmmakers, mostly Italians like Corbucci or Leone, re-vitalized the genre with a new approach in the 1960s.

3. the camera-work/ cinematography: for the time, very experimental camera-shots, and an almost avantgardist approach (short distance shots, fast moving camera, etc.)

4. modernism: “Django” was way ahead of his time. The main character, a guy who, torn between capitalist and political interests, handles the world on his own, has almost post-modern qualities

5. Social criticism: “Django” is also a sharp and satirical criticism of modern society, where people seem to have lost their morals and human qualities, while striving for money and power

6. the soundtrack (by Louis Balacov): Stands in line with Ennio Morricone´s work for Sergio Leone (and many more), contains very strong and iconic themes, that were used by Tarantino in his 2012 “Django: Unchained” – which was obviously inspired by the original

7. the dark/black humor: „Django“ is full of dark and black humor. If you like that kind of humor, you will enjoy the film even more.

8. the acting: Franko Nero, who was just 23 years old in the time of shooting, delivers a finely nuanced performance in the title role.

 

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