An Alex Cox Intro Gem: Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot! (1967)

I would like to give a special shout-out to Steve (click here to view his youtube channel) – a loyal visitor of this site for finding an Alex Cox intro gem from 1997 that I will discuss shortly. The intro gem I am referring to is director Giulio Questi’s 1967 surreal horror spaghetti western masterpiece Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot!. Unlike the majority of Cox’s intros on here, this one was not for Moviedrome, but for another BBC2 series, albeit a limited one, entitled Forbidden Season. The series was dedicated to airing certain films implicitly or explicitly deemed controversial by the BBFC. Two years earlier in 1995, BBC2 aired a similar limited series under the title Forbidden Weekend and Cox would introduce a few films on there as well. In the youtube video link below, Cox throughly and eloquently examines everything from the film’s controversial history with the BBFC to why the film is such a unique spaghetti western. Not surprised considering that Cox wrote a richly detailed book on the sub-genre entitled 10,000 Ways to Die: A Director’s Take on the Spaghetti Western (read here). Once again, I would like to thank frequent site visitor Steve for finding this wonderful Alex Cox intro gem.

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Forbidden Season intro to Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot!

9 thoughts on “An Alex Cox Intro Gem: Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot! (1967)

  1. It’s cool that you did this entry, John. I was really pleased that I found this vid and it’s now back on youtube.

    As for the film. I think it’s good. It’s definitely an interesting, unique and original film. A western with a bit of Giallo and some quirky, offbeat moments and it stars the great Tomas Milian which is also a bonus. I think it’s a bit too lenghty though. It’s almost two hours and I think it would’ve worked better at about 90 minutes.

    This is a really great video. It’s good to hear Alex talk about a film he’s a big fan of. It’s so interesting to hear Alex talking about all aspects of the film including his own history with it, it’s censorship issues and his efforts to obtain a video of the film.Just great stuff!

  2. I confess I am not a fan of the more ‘fantastical’ Spaghetti Westerns. In ftruth, I don’t even like that many of the more mainstream ones. But they do have many admirers.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Why thank you for the kind words Steve πŸ™‚ Your youtube video links are always welcome πŸ™‚

    I actually love the film, but then again, If you read my blog entries regarding my favorite horror films and westerns of all-time, that would probably not surprise you πŸ™‚ Tomas Millian is fantastic as you so eloquently imply and yes, his presence doubles as a bonus for the film as well. I think the running time was perfect here – I will admit though that If it ran close to 3 hours, it would seem unfitting.

    This Alex Cox intro video is most certainly great Steve πŸ™‚ I too love it when Cox talks about a film he really loves – I am aware that he did not get to choose the films he introduced on Moviedrome. πŸ™‚

    In case you are interested, here is a blog entry link regarding my favorite horror films of all-time

    https://cinematiccoffee.com/2020/10/31/john-charets-favorite-horror-films-of-all-time/

    Here is the blog entry link regarding my favorite westerns of all-time

    https://cinematiccoffee.com/2020/03/05/john-charets-favorite-westerns/

  4. I’m a huge fan of Tomas Milian. I actually know a lot about his films and career. I could tell you about which films of his are the best but one film of his that really is a must see is Almost Human directed by Umberto Lenzi. He plays a maniac psycho killer on the rampage in it and Henry Silva plays the determined cop on his trial. It’s a great film with a great Ennio Morricone score. It’s widely considered to be the best Poliziotteschi film and rightly so. It’s an ultraviolent, nasty film but great and so well done because of Lenzi’s direction and Milian and Silva giving two of their greatest performances. Tomas gives a manic performance and is absolutely great in the film. It was his favourite film and performance of his own infact.

    I highly recommend Almost Human. It’s on youtube so you can watch it there. Just type in Almost Human 1974 and you’ll find it.

  5. Thanks for sharing this video John. I really appreciate the way you and Steve are celebrating the Moviedrome series and other ventures featuring Alec Cox. Keep up the good work!

  6. Now that you mentioned Almost Human, I am determined to check it out on youtube because as with yourself, I too am a huge fan of Tomas Milian and I read somewhere that Almost Human was either his personal favorite of his films altogether or at least that of his non-spaghetti westerns. Sad that both he and Almost Human’s director Umberto Lenzi have passed on – coincidentally they both died in 2017. Ennio Morricone’s name as composer just makes me want to watch it now, but I got work in the morning πŸ™‚ Speaking of which, Morricone died this year a few months back 😦

    Just out of curiosity (since we are on the subject), who some of your favorite Italian filmmakers of all-time? If you want to just name two or three, that is perfectly fine πŸ™‚

  7. Why thank you for the kind words Paul πŸ™‚ Moviedrome and all of those other film related shows deserve to be treasured and me and Steve are always happy to share whatever we can find πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  8. I’d say Sergio Corbucci (a great director of westerns), Umberto Lenzi and Fernando DiLeo (he directed some great Poliziotteschis).

    I haven’t seen films by anyof the auteur directors yet like Fellini, Visconti,Pasolini.

    Also, I’d like to hear your opinion of Almost Human once you’ve seen it.

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