Django Unchained: New Trailer

Anybody else excited? Tarantino occasionally takes hits over his cinema of referential overload, but I stand behind the man 100%. The most common arguments see people claiming his work is closer to plagiarism than homage, but the reality is that his reassembled visions are closer to acts of genre worship than anything else. They also tend to be superior to most of the films they are referencing.

No popular auteur has so consistently challenged themselves and succeeded in recent years (I’ve even watched the fundamentally flawed Death Proof at least a dozen times) and this potentially inflammatory subject is the perfect challenge. Spaghetti western meets Blaxploitation. I’m excited.

James Curnow is an obsessive cinephile and the owner and head editor of CURNBLOG. His work as a film journalist has been published in a range of print and digital publications, including The Guardian, Broadsheet and Screening the Past. James is currently working through a PhD in Film Studies, focused primarily on issues of historical representation in Contemporary Hollywood cinema.

14 thoughts on “Django Unchained: New Trailer

  1. Hey Curnblog I likewise am looking forward to the latest film by QT. I like the retro look of the poster- very Saul Bass. I just saw a pretty good Spaghetti Western from 1966 “A Few Dollars For Django” seems there is a whole series of Django films- interesting that QT has gone into another Italian film- genre for his starting point for this one rather than his much loved Hong Kong action stuff.

    In regard to DEATHPROOF I saw DEATHPROOF at the 8.30am screening at the Cannes Film Festival- the official premiere was at 8.30PM with cast and crew in attendance but as this was the first ever public screening it was the world premiere and I was very excited. By the time we got to the Chartreuse scene I was bored out of my brain but while I was dying I realised that not since JL Goddard has a director been so original and true to his own vision -no-one else could ever had made that film and if you took his credit off the film you would pick it as a Tarantino film (he’s in it of course so that might give it away). It made me realise that he is one of the few auteurs working in the studio system today – lets hope he doesn’t disappear up his own ass like JL Goddard.

    • Agree with you 100%. Luckily Tarantino doesn’t have Godard’s convoluted politics to take him off course.

      In regard to the Django films, most of them were not officially Django films at all – they were ascribed the title subsequently for international marketing purposes. Think there were only a couple of official sequels. That’s why their quality varies dramatically. Haven’t seen the one your referring to though – will check it out.

  2. I’m excited for this movie. You can just listen to him talk about movies and you know its worship and not plagiarism. Spaghetti western meets Blaxploitation will be a very interesting mix!

  3. This looks like fun. I loved his early work… so I’ll always have a soft spot for him, but lately his work has been a bit spotty. Maybe he and Roger Avery should patch things up?

    • A lot of people would agree with you – I kind of prefer the later stuff (probably due to massive over-consumption of his films in the 90s).

      Not sure about Avary though – some of his subsequent credits have been a bit rough. Although I definitely have a soft spot for Killing Zoe!

      • I think they did great work together. I don’t think Roger Avary is a great writer or director (though he is pretty good), but I think he added something very fundamental to Tarrintino’s work. I also think that Tarrintino lost something very special when his editor passed away. His films have been overlong and rambling ever since. I still think that he is a genius.

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