Just finished re-watching Django on blu-ray (you know, before going to see Django Unchained) and I’m sort of wondering if I ever did watch the film on blu-ray in it’s entirety. Because while I did love Django on my previous viewings, this time I was even more blown away! Maybe I was just in a particularly receptive mood. What a hellish marvel, this is. I will freely admit that yes, the part starting with the Mexico interludes doesn’t get better with repeated viewings, but the first 45-50 minutes are sheer perfection and what follows is definitively not bad and from when Django and Maria reach the bridge, well it’s just as good as those first 50 mins. I think it will be higher on my next SW top 20.
On the subject of Django : I seem to recall reading that some people thought that the cross on which Django stands his ground at the end is actually the tombstone of his wife (Mercedes Zaro). That sounds like a great idea actually (and the Mexican name would explain why Jackson would have killed her), but is it really true? The dates read 1873-1889, thanks to this we know the film takes place in 1889 or after, but that would mean his wife died at age 16. Now let’s be super generous and say Django participated in the Civil War at 12 (but then again Django looks young, so he certainly didn’t start too old) and only in the last year (1865), that would make Django 36 in 1889. An age difference of 20 years, would that make sense at the time? Unless the birth date is 1833 (there seems to be a 3 under the 7), which would have made her 56. I’m so reading too much into this, lol.