His­tory’s on Tarantino’s side

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

Tarantino says the bru­tal abuse of black slaves shown in his lat­est movie, Django Un­chained, pales in com­par­i­son to the vi­o­lence that was com­mon­place dur­ing the slav­ery era. The di­rec­tor says ‘‘the truth, or the re­al­ity, was a thou­sand times worse than what I showed’’. Tarantino says he wouldn’t have been able to show the full ex­tent of vi­o­lence per­pe­trated by Amer­i­can slave own­ers. The movie stars Jamie Foxx as a slave go­ing on a killing spree of white slave own­ers and over­seers just be­fore the Civil War. The cast also in­cludes Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Sa­muel L Jack­son. Tarantino re­jects crit­i­cism of the racially-charged lan­guage used in the film, in­sist­ing the script re­flects the re­al­ity of the time pe­riod. While it’s set in slav­ery­era Mis­sis­sippi in 1858, the re­peated use of the N-word has caused con­tro­versy. But Tarantino says his­tory is on his side. ‘‘I think it’s kind of ridicu­lous (the crit­i­cism), be­cause no one can ac­tu­ally say with a straight face that we use the word more than it was used in 1858 in Mis­sis­sippi,’’ he says. ‘‘So since they can’t say that, what they’re ba­si­cally (say­ing) is I should lie. I should pretty it up. I should lie – and I don’t lie when it comes to my characters and the sto­ries I tell.’’

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Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio in

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