THE UK’S NUMBER 1. REVIEW MAGAZINE ISSUE 54. DECEMBER 2012 £5.99
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THIS WEEKS REVIEWS: STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS THE HOBBIT: THE UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
MOST VIOLENT FILMS
AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW FROM
QUENTIN TARANTINO • Opinion on ‘acceptable violence’ • Insight to ‘Django Unchained’ • Top Five Tarantino Films
“THE ONLY THING THAT I’VE EVER WATCHED IN A MOVIE THAT I WISHED I’D NEVER SEEN IS REAL-LIFE ANIMAL DEATH OR REAL-LIFE INSECT DEATH. THAT’S ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY WHERE I DRAW THE LINE.”
Quentin Tarantino’s film Django Unchained is a spaghetti western-inspired revenge film set in the antebellum South; it’s about a former slave who teams up with a bounty hunter to target the plantation owner who owns his wife. The cinematic violence that has come to characterize Tarantino’s work as a screenwriter and director — from Reservoir Dogs at the start of his career in 1992 to 2009’s Inglourious Basterds — is front and center again in Django. And he’s making no apologies. “What happened during slavery times is a thousand times worse than [what] I show,” he says. “So if I were to show it a thousand times worse, to me, that wouldn’t be exploitative, that would just be how it is. If you can’t take it, you can’t take it. “Now, I wasn’t trying to do a Schindler’s List you are there under the barbed wire of Auschwitz. I wanted the film to be more entertaining than that...But there’s two types of violence in this film: There’s the brutal reality that slaves lived under for 245 years, and then there’s the violence of Django’s retribution. And that’s movie violence, and that’s fun and that’s cool, and that’s really enjoyable and kind of what you’re waiting for.” That said, Tarantino is clear about what — for him — is acceptable violence in a movie and what crosses a line; “The only thing that I’ve ever watched in a movie that I wished I’d never seen is real life animal death or real life insect death in
a movie. That’s absolutely, positively where I draw the line. And a lot of European and Asian movies do that, and we even did that in America for a little bit of time. I don’t like seeing animals murdered on screen. Movies are about make believe. I don’t think there’s any place in a movie for real death.”
says. “And was telling him about my story, and then telling him about my trepidation and my little plan of how I was going to get past it, and he said, ‘...Quentin, I don’t think you should do that. What you’re just telling me is you’re a little afraid of your own movie, and you just need to get over that. If you’re going to tell this story, you need to not be afraid of it. You need to do it. Every“IF YOU SAY one gets it. Everyone knows D-JANGO YOU what’s going on. We’re ARE DEFINITELY making a movie. They get GOING DOWN IN it.’”
In the case of Django, Tarantino tells Fresh Air host Terry Gross that he was much more uncomfortable with the prospect of writing the language of white MY BOOK.” supremacists and directing “I thought everyone would African-Americans in scenes know how to say the name ‘Djandepicting slavery on American soil than go.’ People would read the script, ‘Oh! he was about any physical violence being D-jango Unchained. OK!” I considered portrayed. His anxiety about directing the it an intelligence test. If you say D-jango slavery scenes was so great, in fact, that he you’re definitely going down in my book.” considered shooting abroad. Interview conducted by John T. Smith. “I actually went out after I finished the Django Unchained is available to buy on script ... with Sidney Poitier for dinner,” he DVD and Blu-Ray now.
TOP 5 TARANTINO FILMS (IN OUR OPINION):
1. Pulp Fiction
2. Inglorious Basterds
3. Reservoir Dogs
Deserves the number one spot for it’s soundtrack alone.
Violent, unrestrained and thoroughly entertaining.
As fantastically chaotic, as it is raw, bloody and brutal.
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4. Jackie Brown Funny and gritty, but with a slightly sweet undertone.
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5. Deathproof Revenge mixed with girl power. A must see!