Marlynn Snyder: Django Unchained: Spaghetti Western and Slavery Mash-Up

Hipster filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's attempt at a "spaghetti" western, Django Unchained, is filtered through a lens of slavery, wild humor and a healthy dose of violence. Although the film meanders and lags in spots (and, at a too-long 165 minutes, could use a bit of additional editing), it is clear that Tarantino is an actor's director, eliciting powerful performances from most of his star-studded cast.

Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a slave who sets off to find his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), who has been sold off, while pushing toward his own freedom. Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz), a German bounty hunter who disagrees with slavery's morality and violence, but is unopposed to using it for his financial gain, offers Django his freedom if he will assist in finding a murderous trio, the Brittle brothers. Read More...


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