Sunday 26 March 2017

James Dempsey: Quentin Tarantino looks unflinchingly at the ugly history of the American south

Quentin Tarantino says this year's Venice Film Festival line-up is 'eclectic'
Quentin Tarantino says this year's Venice Film Festival line-up is 'eclectic'

IS brushing aside the claims of racism in Django Unchained simply letting Quentin Tarantino off the hook?

That’s what African-American filmmaker Spike Lee would have you believe, after very publically boycotting the film in his on-going and mutually antagonistic spat with mainstream cinema’s favourite beatnik.

From the outset, it’s hard to see where Lee is coming from. Django is the story of a slave freed from the shackles of servitude, who becomes a gun-wielding bounty hunter dishing out righteous vengeance against his former owners. Surely the very essence of the film is the redemptive struggle to break free from slavery?

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