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Today, I went to the movies once again. This time I was especially looking forward to going. Why? Simply because of the new Tarantino movie, Django Unchained! In advance, I had read a lot about this film, interviews with Tarantino and many reviews. Anyway, like every other cineaste, I wanted to make my opinion.
Did you think about John Wayne, Clint Eastwood or Sergio Leone when you first heart about Django? Now, here comes something truly different. Inspired by the Spaghetti Western and as a homage to Sergio Corbucci (Django), Tarantino succeeds to make his latest epic more than “a pop art Western”, like Warhol or Rothko. Tarantino himself had some doubts as to whether this might be the one movie that is ‘’too much’’. In my opinion, it certainly is not. I believe that it’s another masterpiece.
After Inglourious Basterds, which focused on the Nazi regime, Django Unchained focuses on the dark underside of American history. Slavery and prostitution are at the centre of the movie. The film was shot on original locations in the American South. To make the scenes seem as real as possible, Tarantino shot in an authentic whorehouse. It is here, where many years ago 100 of girls were violated and assassinated. Tarantino even believes that their souls were still living there, so everybody had to turn of their mobile phones during the filming in order not to disturb the souls.
Primarily, Tarantino wanted to tell an “exciting adventure story.” “But they should play in the context of slavery so that one really sees the brutality, the Americans have dealt with their black slaves,” he told journalists in Berlin.
Of Django Unchained, I expected much, and I wasn’t disappointed. It is indeed a real Tarantino, a cult film, just like Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill. Django Unchained is a long, powerful film, its outstanding brush strokes bright and vibrant, its intellectual points made with significant cleverness and humor. It certainly puts Tarantino among the most inspiring film-makers at work today.
The cast is incredible : Jamie Foxx (who won an Oscar for his performance in Ray) ass Django , knows exactly how his grandparents lived in the racist south. Christoph Waltz just left me speechless. His performance is overwhelming, just as in Inglourious Basterds. In this movie, one has to love him ass Dr. King Schultz, a former dentist who turned to a successful bounty hunter. Together with Foxx, they form a crooked couple. Di Caprio, who plays the villain, gives a splendid playing too. Samuel L. Jackson plays Candie’s (DiCaprio) loyal house slave Stephen. A figure that will be “the most hated nigger in film history,” Jackson predicts. He plays his wickedness so convincingly that a supporting cast-Oscar seems deserved.
Once again Tarantino’s fascination for languages is spread throughout the whole movie. Dr Schultz comes from Dusseldorf and is proud of his German roots. The whole movie is about a German legend. There is also a part of French humor in it. For instance, people have to call Mr Candie Monsieur Candie, even though he does not understand French. He just considers it to make him seem superior.
Tarantino creates a new universe and a fresh view on the history of slavery, and with irony and blood orgies, he keeps his audience under control.
Not a Quentin Tarantino movie without a superb soundtrack: Just before the film’s release “Django Unchained” is now also the soundtrack to the market and promises to be a chartbreaker. The U.S. director thus relies on a personal selection of genre classics, interspersed with contemporary sounds. For the first time, Tarantino does not only rummage through his archives but could also provide exclusive recordings of various music stars.
“Django” a classic
Ennio Morricone on the soundtrack is represented as well as the famed melancholic sentimental original song by Sergio Corbuccis “Django“. These songs are from Tarantino’s private record collection. Instead of requesting “clean” versions of these pieces from the ’60s and ’70s, from the record companies, the filmmaker digitized his vinyl “complete with all the clicking noise,” Tarantino writes in the CD booklet.
Jamie Foxx even composed his own song for the soundtrack
Outstanding is the new number “100 Black Coffins“, composed by Django Starring Jamie Foxx and interpreted by Rick Ross. The gloomy rap is a delightful contrast to the “sensitive” “Freedom” by Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boyton. “Django Unchained,” Tarantino proves once again that different styles of music can harmonize. Between the musical contributions are lines from the film to hear. Here, we meet to Christoph Waltz’s delicious spoken dialect.