James Dempsey: Quentin Tarantino looks unflinchingly at the ugly history of the American south
Published 19/01/2013 | 10:30
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?