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Django Unchained, the ninth movie of the cult director Quentin Tarantino opens on December 2012 in the United States and Canada. Tarantino’s first Western movie is apparently inspired by Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 spaghetti Western ‘Django’ and its both official and unofficial sequels.

Django Unchained Poster

One of the greatest things about Tarantino is that he was never afraid to pay tribute to the artists and movies that influenced him. It is quite a rarity for a Hollywood top director not to be egoistic and not to forget that the movies were also being made before, and that is one of the reasons why Tarantino is possibly the best director of his generation. In his previous films we could hear music from old movies (most notably the iconic whistle tune heard in “Kill Bill”, composed by the great Bernard Herrmann for the 1968 French movie “The Bride Wore Black” and David Bowie’s “Cat People” from the 1982 remake of the classic horror in “Inglorious Basterds”) and see numerous visual quotations from Kung Fu and Western B movies. But this time, Tarantino even got the star of the original ‘Django” movie, the Italian actor Franco Nero for a cameo appearance, just to make sure we understand who and what influenced him.

Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained

Django Unchained is set in the American Deep South and, according to Tarantino himself, it is a modern spaghetti Western dealing with horrors of slavery. Tarantino wanted to tell the story of the brutal side of American past and felt that the format of spaghetti Western will be do most adequate. We will have to wait until Christmas to see whether he succeeded.

Django Unchained is the first Tarantino picture that will not be edited by Sally Menke who passed away in 2010. The film features a stellar cast including Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and others.

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