My Name is Nobody (1973)

(Note that this was a review written for Film-Talk’s World Cinema Club, so it contains plot information and spoilers.)

One words comes to mind when I think of My Name is Nobody, silly…pure, unadulterated silliness. But don’t let that put you off from seeing it. The film not only succeeds in cleverly spoofing the Spaghetti Western genre, but it is a marvelous addition to that genre in its own right. Henry Fonda, in his final western, plays the role straight as can be; while the charming, yet goofy Terence Hill is the source for most of the laughter. The jokes are never dumbed down, which is quite refreshing in this day and age, although there is some slapstick. Most of the humor stems from situational comedy and a lot of puns.

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Django (1966)

(Note that this was a review written for Film-Talk’s World Cinema Club, so it contains plot information and possible spoilers.)

Django has virtually the same plot at Sergio Leone‘s A Fistful of Dollars (1964), as both are pretty much direct adaptations of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (1961). Where Django differs from it’s predecessors is in the gritty, hyper-stylized look of the film and in the extreme violence. Violence which happened to get the film banned in the UK until 1993.

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