During my early days in Thailand, while wandering around in rural areas, I was regularly subjected to the cry of "Django!" from the kids. This was usually followed by lots of giggling as they scampered away through the paddy fields, fleeing this big-nosed, blotchy, sweating stranger trudging through their territory.
I was a bit puzzled by the name. The only Django I was aware of was the French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, who had died back in 1953, and it seemed most unlikely he would be known to kids sitting on a buffalo in rural Thailand.
I later discovered that the previous year there had been a hugely popular movie in Thailand called Django. One of the early "spaghetti westerns", it starred Italian actor Franco Nero in the title role as a drifter-cum-gunslinger who for some reason dragged a coffin around with him. In Britain, the film was regarded as too violent and was banned until 1993.
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