Watched this one yesterday, in poor fullscreen video quality, with unreadable subtitles (probably Hebrew)
First things first: the title should be read as VIVA DJANGO
W is short for ViVa, not Eviva like somebody had heard. Viva is the Italian imperative of the verb 'vivere = to live’
The opposite is M (in reality two times a V upside down), meaning: AbAsso = down with
In Italy you may read, on walls, railway arches etc. things like:
W Inter, M Milan, meaning: Long live Inter, down with Milan
I’d advice Sebastian & Co to list the movie under W
People who don’t speak Italian are likely to look for it overthere
The movie: average stuff. Like more SWs of the early seventies (Arizona Colt returns is a good example) the film is a combination of silly humour and pretty violent action. The action isn’t bad, provided that it’s not meant to be funny. In that case it’s awful, and often like this: Django uses dynamite, we hear a blast and see people jumping through windows, screaming oooh and aaah.
The story: most critics say it’s a (sort of) remake of Death rides a Horse. Indeed: sort of. Mulargia uses some plot elements of Petroni’s movie, and adds one twist near the end. Actually, the last twenty minutes of the movie are quite good. But not only Death rides a Horse is plundered : Django uses a lot of dynamite, like Johnny Oro, and has a musical box, that reminds us of Colonel Mortimer’s watch. In other words: you’ve seen it all before, but not necessarily in the same order
Steffen sleepwalks through the movie, but the supporting actors are quite good. Stelio Candeli, as the main villain, and Glauco Onorato, as the man who puts Django on the trail of the murderers of his wife, are both excellent.
By the way: some have doubted that the woman killed in the first minutes, was Django’s wife. Frayling even says it’s unclear why Django seeks revenge (as if the opening scene didn’t belong to the movie!). But in this version it is mentioned at least twice that the woman was indeed Django’s wife. I’ve never seen the original Italian version, but Giusti confirms that the woman is called Django’s wife in the final scenes.
Watch it for those final twenty minutes or the excellent soundtrack by Piero Umiliani