Manuel Santana the bandit has become Anthony Burton the banker. What’s the difference, one might ask. Aldo Sambrell plays that evil man with gusto in Uccidi, Django … uccidi per primo! (1971), directed by Sergio Garrone, who also made Una lunga fila di croci and Django il bastardo (both in 1969) and Quel maledetto giorno della resa dei conti, released shortly after UD … upp! in June 1971. 1969 was a good year for Garrone, distinguished member of the Searcho Club, 1971 was not.
Watching UD … upp! isn’t an easy task; it took me three days to make it to the film’s fin. It’s very incoherent, different strands never connect. An old prospector by the name of Thomas Nathaniel Livingston (Silvio Bagolini); Ted (Mario Novelli), a bounty hunter with a blowpipe; the dancer Julie (Diana Lorys), Santana Burton’s (sex) partner; the local doc’s sis Molly (Krista Nell), Santana B.’s subject of desire; Lupe Martínez (George Wang), S. B.’s personal killer and his nemesis; as well as hero Johnny Magee or McGee (Jack Stuart [Giacomo Rossi Stuart]) – they all drift aimlessly through the film, whose Spanish title Tequila seems as arbitrary as its Italian one. There’s neither a character called Tequila nor one named Django in the movie, a “fake-fake-Django,” so to say, and …
… not a single union suit on the clothes line. This can’t be the Real West.
The less said about Luigi Batzella’s Anche per Django le carrozze hanno un prezzo (1971), the better. Starring Jeff Cameron (Goffredo Scarciofolo) as Django, it’s possibly even below Fidani level. I’ve skipped the latter’s Giù le mani … carogna! Django Story (1971) and will watch Edoardo Mulargia’s W Django! (1971) tonight.