Probably THE most interesting aspect of Keoma is that it’s basically a film on the end of individualism. And if you look even deeper into it, Keoma isn’t actually the good guy. No, Sam, Butch and Lenny are. You can make the case that Coldwell isn’t really a bad guy either. The way I see it the film takes a very bleak, cynical view of pragmatism vs idealism. Compared to most of the spaghetti westerns out there (don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the genre, probably my favourite genre, actually) it’s a multi-layered, complex film that really does comment on the death of the genre and the death of the myth.
The posters for the film actually support my theory, that being that the film is a meta-commentary, as they say “Franco Nero WAS Django… Franco Nero IS Keoma”. Keoma and Django also share a lot of similarities, both in structure and art design.
And the film itself is just amazing. Beautifully shot, great writing, great use of symbolism, the art design is the best I’ve seen from a SW, so, for me, this is my number 1 favourite spaghetti western. Can’t wait to watch A MAN CALLED BLADE, which is apparently quite similar to Keoma.
Regarding the music – it actually didn’t bother me!