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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Why I Hate Django Unchained: Reasons # 2,546 and 2,547

Evil Slave Owner

Django's wife's name is Broomhilda, and the plantation of evil Leonard DiCaprio is Candyland.
I think Christopher Waltz's character says "Brunhilda".
It is anyone's guess what that is all about.

I only wish there had been some more plantations, so he could have named them "Parcheesi" or "Hungry Hippos" or "Knock Your Block Off".
Leonard DiCaprio's character is Calvin Candie. I did not notice if Samuel Jackson was called Hobbes.
I wish Tarantino could have worked in a bit about Jamie Foxx and Waltz preparing to pull off a major scheme and then getting set by "simonizing" their watches to the right time.

Later, the evil slave owner played by DiCaprio has a monologue about slavery, and he wonders why slaves don't revolt. (Actually, according to real history, they did.)
With a skull - supposedly of a dead black person - in his hand, he opines that Blacks in general are a submissive lot, and only maybe one in ten thousand would be an exception to this rule.

Soon Django announces that he is that one non-submitting Black person. So with our total support and cheers, he does a one-man revolt.
And the whole premise of his revolt is that nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety nine Black slaves are truthfully and genetically submissive. Hence, they probably prefer a beating here and there, just as Mr. Jim Brown of Arizona has recently said they do.

My favorite review of the flick is:
The Whale-Ship Globe
The Many Masks Of Django (Unchained)

The slave, Tarantino suggests, lacks an authentic American history prior to slavery, and thus cannot hide from the system of oppression. Instead, African-American identity is seen as emerging throughout the film as a series of masks and roles, from the the grotesque ‘Uncle Tom’ of Samuel L. Jackson’s Stephen to the ‘Blue Boy’ of Thomas Gainsborough’s 1770 painting:

Why Gainsborough, you may ask? Why is Gainsborough's Blue Boy selected as a mask or role parallel to Uncle Tom?

If you know the answer, share it.


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