Watch: Quentin Tarantino Walks Us Through An Entire Scene From ‘Django Unchained’

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Quentin Gives 'The Anatomy Of A Scene'

As y’all know by now, I’m crazy excited for Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming, Golden Globe-nominated movie, Django Unchained. We’ve seen hella trailers, and read interviews with Kerry Washington, but most of what we’ve seen has really focused on the men in the film– Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio. (Oh, we’ve also heard an amazing Frank Ocean song that was originally intended for the soundtrack).  But today we have a really cool feature; Tarantino stopped by the New York Times and participated in their program Anatomy Of A Scene. It’s a great video because he walks us through a very important scene in the film that features Kerry Washington, as a slave about to be rescued and reunited with her husband. Peep the video for more and click inside for one new Django Unchained trailer.

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  1. Matthew

    Director Spike Lee just caused a bit of a stir with his comments on this film. He basically thinks it’s disrespectful to his ancestors.

    “American slavery was not a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It was a holocaust. My ancestors are slaves stolen from Africa. I will honor them.”

    I wonder what you think about this Shannon. Does Spike Lee need to have a seat? The movie has been getting great reviews, and the focus doesn’t seem to be on slavery at all. Furthermore, Spike admits he has not and will not be seeing the film, so is he really qualified to make any critiques.

    Then again, does Spike have a point? Is it OK to make an action/comedy film about slaves and ex-slaves that’s just good ol’ American entertainment? And is it OK for a white man to make such a film? Or should we all just lighten up and learn to not be so politically correct all the time?

    I don’t know. What I do know, is that I’ll probably be in line to see this when it opens. I look forward to Trent’s review as well.

    • Hi Matthew! I actually was working on a post on this. Still might post it later in the week. Here’s my thing about Spike Lee.

      Love him. He’s amazing. Genius. All that.

      He’s not alone in his thoughts on the film. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how the movie strikes me. But after all these trailers, I can’t think of ‘Django’ as a slave movie. It’s not like Tarantino’s making a movie about the life of Fredrick Douglass. I think of ‘Django’ as a typical Tarantino revenge flick. And because I have a kind of indiscriminate sense of humor, I’m okay with the idea of a revenge flick set in the time of slavery.

      I’m not gonna lie… I did cringe a little when I first heard about ‘Django.’ But even if I don’t fully trust Tarantino to honor my ancestors or whatever (not that he has to) I DO trust Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington. I find it hard to believe that they’d sign up for something that was blatantly disrespectful to our culture and our legacy.

      So in short, YES I think it’s okay to make an action/comedy film about slaves and ex-slaves. And YES, I think it’s okay for a white man to make such a film.

      And one more thing. I was THRILLED to review Spike Lee’s most recent movie ‘Red Hook Summer.’ And I was so disappointed– to the point of being uncomfortable in the theatre– because it was chock-full of so many cliches and so many stereotypes! Black directors can be just as disrespectful to our culture as directors of any other color. I don’t think this was Lee’s intent (really, the film was just very weak in a lot of areas), but I saw it. So I don’t even necessarily trust him to be a good judge of what is and isn’t disrespectful to black culture.

      Matthew, can you tell I was DYING to talk about this with someone? LMAO! I LOVE SPIKE! And as my significant other just said, ‘Sometimes he’s just a hater.’

      *My ‘Red Hook Summer’ review if you wanna checkie out! http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2012/08/red-hook-summer.html

  2. Matthew

    Shannon, you’ve pretty much summed up my feelings on everything. LOL.

    And you are so right about Tarantino and his penchant for the revenge theme. His previous film also featured a revenge plot with a Jewish holocaust victim getting revenge on some Nazis. I saw that film and loved it, so I am expecting to love this one as well.

    And you bring up a great point about black directors. Your post reminds me that black directors are responsible for a good number of the cringe-worthy depictions of black people on film. This includes Spike Lee. Red Hook Summer is on my list, but not very high. To be honest, Spike hasn’t wowed me lately with any of his projects.

    But that’s not why I’m inclined to agree with your significant other. Ultimately, denouncing something you don’t know anything about and don’t intend to know anything about is the purest form of “hateration”. I would have respected his opinion a lot more, had he actually watched more than the trailer.

    • Matthew, ‘black directors are responsible for a good number of the cringe-worthy depictions of black people on film.’ ABSOLUTELY. I remember Viola Davis describing all of the outrage directed at her when she took her role in ‘The Help,’ and she talked about how sooo many scripts that she gets (from black writers and directors) are offensive, derogatory, and stereotypical in their depiction of black people and black women, especially.

      And I SO agree with your definition of hateration, lol! Personally, I would never write off a movie without having seen it. I wouldn’t even feel comfortably fully judging a movie without having seen the first 5 minutes, or the last 5 minutes. But I’m looking forward to watching ‘Django’ and maybe writing about it here on the blog. Thanks for engaging with me on this Matthew :)

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