Welcome to Framed, a column at Cinematical that runs every Thursday and celebrates the artistry of cinema -- one frame at a time.
When the American movie cavalry ran out of steam on the Western genre front, the Italians quickly swooped in. If you aren't terribly familiar with Italian cinema, this might seem like a cheap trick with even cheaper imitators piggybacking off the success of their predecessors, but not all of it was a fast cash-in. Some of the reimaginings were uniquely unforgettable, and that's where 'Django' enters the picture.
Sergio Corbucci's 1966 gunslinger doesn't aim to be as operatic as Sergio Leone's groundbreaking 'Dollars' trilogy, but its violence and pulp style was certainly grand. Of course you can't discuss Leone's films without acknowledging Akira Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo,' which by defalt Corbucci's gritty western also makes nods to. The film has its own admirers, however, and spawned over 30 unofficial sequels who tried to bank off its success.