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