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Quentin Tarantino on Violence, the 'N' Word, and Django Unchained

by ebreilly

Moral reformers rarely take aim at mundane and banal representations of violence, though formulaic violence is pervasive in our culture. Almost always, they go after works that are acclaimed elsewhere as art—the works of Martin Scorsese or Quentin Tarantino, say—precisely because these works manage to get under their skin. As this interview suggests, Tarantino thinks deeply about the kinds of stories he tells, in this case, speaking about the choices he makes about how to motivate the depiction of violence in Django Unchained, the ways audiences relate to the characters who commit violence, and how the tone of the film might work through contrasting scenes of violence with other kinds of incidents. As this trailer might suggest, Tarantino contrasts the violence associated with slavery (the use of the whip, the staging of fights between men) with violence associated with vengeance and empowerment. His goal is to provoke reflections about the history of radicalized violence in the United States.

Quentin Tarantino on Violence, the 'N' Word, and Django Unchained

Regarding Django Unchained (2012) Quentin Tarantino reflects on two types of violence, the fucntion of violence in the narrative, and audience reactions.

from Quentin Tarantino on Violence, the 'N' Word, and Django Unchained | Tinsel Talk (2012)
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