With the release of Django Unchained many different issues have come to the forefront as the film tackles a very racist era of our country’s history. Detractors feel it is offensive, too lighthearted, not factual, etc. Supporters think it’s good entertainment that opens up discussion of what truly went on in that time period. It has effected different types of people in various ways. From the detractors, Quentin Tarantino [the filmmaker] has been receiving plenty of heat. That doesn’t mean he’s apologizing for his creation. Check out this interview we discovered on NPR and see what he had to say about the film, history and his interest in African-American culture. Check out the article below.
Quentin Tarantino’s film Django Unchained is a spaghetti western-inspired revenge film set in the antebellum South; it’s about a former slave who teams up with a bounty hunter to target the plantation owner who owns his wife.
The cinematic violence that has come to characterize Tarantino’s work as a screenwriter and director — from Reservoir Dogs at the start of his career in 1992 to 2009’s Inglourious Basterds — is front and center again in Django. And he’s making no apologies.
“What happened during slavery times is a thousand times worse than [what] I show,” he says. “So if I were to show it a thousand times worse, to me, that wouldn’t be exploitative, that would just be how it is. If you can’t take it, you can’t take it.
“Now, I wasn’t trying to do a Schindler’s List you-are-there-under-the-barbed-wire-of-Auschwitz. I wanted the film to be more entertaining than that. … But there’s two types of violence in this film: There’s the brutal reality that slaves lived under for … 245 years, and then there’s the violence of Django’s retribution. And that’s movie violence, and that’s fun and that’s cool, and that’s really enjoyable and kind of what you’re waiting for.”
That said, Tarantino is clear about what — for him — is acceptable violence in a movie and what crosses a line.
“The only thing that I’ve ever watched in a movie that I wished I’d never seen is… [Full Article & Listen to Interview Audio Here]