Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.
by Eric Kohn
December 25, 2012 1:32 PM
28 Comments
  • |

The 'Django Unchained' Cheat Sheet: 10 Things That Will Help You Understand Tarantino's Referential Bloodfest

Django and Broomhilda are the great-great-great grandparents of John Shaft. Or something like that. In another scene that acknowledges the movie's ridiculous premise, Dr. King learns that Django's wife is a German-speaker named Broomhilda von Shaft, otherwise known as Hildi and played by Kerry Washington. This is a direct reference to "Shaft," the seminal blaxploitation movie. Just as that movie and others like it empowered black characters in the action genre, so too "Django Unchained" does it with Western motifs.

What's with DiCaprio's skull speech? Near the end of the movie, DiCaprio's racist plantation owner Calvin Candie delivers a prolonged monologue in which he slices open a skull and delineates certain physical properties as exclusive to black people. According to Tarantino, this speech was DiCaprio's idea, but he didn't come up with it from scratch: The character's description draws on a racist form of false science known as phrenology. According to interviews, DiCaprio gave a book about phrenology to Tarantino as a means of fleshing out the character's ideology.

Tarantino shows up toward the end of the movie… as an Australian. You might be so focused on the director's cameo that you don't notice his Australian accent, which he uses in his brief role as one of three slave-trading Aussies whom Django encounters near the end of his adventure. Since Dr. King's character already made this an international affair, it's not so strange to see these other countries get some play. But why Australia? Tarantino has spoken recently about interest in shooting an upcoming project there, and since his movies tend to reflect his restless inspiration, this short bit may point to the director's next move.

Why didn't Jonah Hill have a bigger role? Originally, Tarantino intended to cast Hill in a bigger part, but the actor had to drop out due to scheduling that required him to appear in "The Watch" (one of the biggest duds of the year -- so Hill's probably kicking himself for that). Since he couldn't commit to a longer production period, Hill surfaces during the funniest scene in "Django," as a goofy member of the Ku Klux Klan unable to fit his mask right (Tarantino also cameos here).

Franco Nero isn't the only spaghetti Western hero with a cameo. Well, not really, if you look beyond the people in front of the camera. Legendary composer Ennio Morricone (who scored Corbucci's films as well as "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly") co-wrote a new, solemn melody with vocals performed by singer Elisa entitled "Ancora Qui." Listen to it below.


 

You might also like:

28 Comments

  • ANGEL | February 7, 2013 12:29 PMReply

    estoy buscando las gafas que lleva django en la pelicula pero no las encuentro por ningun lado , agradeceria si alguien me pudieraindicar algun sitio donde compralas (vivo en alicante ).... gracvias por adelantado

  • ChandlerC | January 19, 2013 4:14 PMReply

    A little correction to Frank Neros cameo. In fact it doesn't take play on the Candyland farm, isntead in the Cleopatra club. Still it's the first meeting with Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie.

  • nick | January 1, 2013 4:29 PMReply

    He also pays homage to kubrics infamous stare that in which he's had alex andjohnny do from clockwork and the shining done greatly by samuel l jackson not to mention beethoven makes cristoph waltz crazy and leads him to kill di caprio that's homage right there to kubric the first real demented mind in cinema

  • Dan S. | March 25, 2013 11:13 AM

    An additional homage or reference to Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut can be found in Django. When the slave/ fighter/runaway is up int he tree and Candie is trying to get him to fight and says reimburse and then Dr. King Shultz stands up and says I will reimburse him...this seemed eerily familiar to Tom Cruise/Bill Harford at Somerton/ Elite People Orgie Scene where Mandy says I will redeem him....in both scenes it a flash cut to a close-up of the characters....did anyone else notice this?

  • ChandlerC | January 19, 2013 4:09 PM

    @PISSED OFF: Wow, stay calm. Of course spoilers are bad, but since when you have to call peope 'bitch cock sucker' or 'asshole' directly for something like that?

  • nurck | January 15, 2013 3:32 AM

    wooa i didnt realize that

  • pissed off | January 6, 2013 1:58 PM

    your a son of a bitch cock sucker. Use spoiler warnings next time asshole.

  • IP OP | December 30, 2012 9:30 AMReply

    DO NOT be taken in by the 'authorized', decades STALE
    PC 'outrageousness' of 'TEAR--ANT-----TEEN -------KNOW'
    --it's a phoney.

    In Globalist ---RED China handover 2013?
    ----------'MANDINGO' meets 'BLAZING SADDLES'
    will ----NEVER---- DO.

    WHO NEEDS IT?

  • villemar | December 31, 2012 2:34 PM

    English, Motherfucker, do you speak it??

  • lakawak | December 26, 2012 10:48 PMReply

    All you need to know is that there are plenty of Tarantino fanboys who have already masturbated twice, while declaring this the best movie of the year even though they haven't seen it.

  • Tani | December 28, 2012 5:35 PM

    Why diminish a director's fanbase in such a way? Are fans of Kubrick and Hitchcock pathetic "fanboys"? Granted, the fanboy phenomenon does exist, but it must bother some people that Tarantino's cred exists beyond just teenagers and questionable critics.

  • http://www.buy2me.net | December 26, 2012 9:42 PMReply

    input this URL:

    ( http://www.buy2me.net/ )

    you can find many cheap and high stuff

    Believe you will love it.

    WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARD /WESTERN UNION PAYMENT
    YOU MUST NOT MISS IT!!!

  • FogFiomFoo | December 26, 2012 8:13 PMReply

    Sometimes dude you gotta roll with it!

    www.Privacy-OT.tk

  • Chris | December 26, 2012 4:14 PMReply

    That was a South African accent, not Australian.

  • Eric | December 26, 2012 5:52 PM

    Wrong: http://m.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/movies/tarantino-goes-aussie-in-spaghetti-western-django-unchained/story-e6frf9h6-1226537770785

    But, to be fair, Tarantino's fake Aussie accent is far from perfect so the mistake is understandable.

  • gie | December 26, 2012 10:39 AMReply

    http://www.famalegoods.net

    Cheapest Air Jordan Shoes,Tiffany Jewelry Company,Wholesale Hollister
    Clothing

    Online Store:

    Cheapest Vans Shoes $37

    Fashion Tiffany Bangles $20

    Wholesale Hollister Tshirt $18

    jordan shoes $38

    nike shox $37

    Christan Audigier bikini $18

    Ed Hardy Bikini $18

    Sinful short_t-shirt_woman $16

    http://www.famalegoods.net/

  • saf | December 26, 2012 9:19 AMReply

    WOW,Xmas Was coming soon,we suggest hot SELL Product to your

    purchase:
    LV Coach Handbags ,nike shoes,air jordan shoes,nike shox

    shoes,gucci shoes ,true religion jeans, ed hardy jeans,coogi

    jeans,affliction jeans, Laguna Beach Jeans,ed hardy T-

    shirts,Coogi T-shirts,Christian Audigier T-shirts,Gucci T-

    shirts,Polo T-shirts,coach handbag,gucci handbag,prada

    handbag,MK handbag,NIKE NFL JERSEY!
    http://www.shoppingone.net
    Air jordan(1-24)shoes $40
    Nike shox $35
    Handbags(Coach lv fendi gucci) $35
    Tshirts (Polo ,ed hardy,lacoste) $16
    Jean(True Religion,ed hardy,coogi) $30
    Sunglasses(Oakey,coach,gucci,Armaini) $16
    New era cap $9
    Nike NFL Jerseys $20
    free shipping accept credit card payment
    http://www.shoppingone.net

  • sad | December 26, 2012 9:18 AMReply

    WOW,Xmas Was coming soon,we suggest hot SELL Product to your

    purchase:
    LV Coach Handbags ,nike shoes,air jordan shoes,nike shox

    shoes,gucci shoes ,true religion jeans, ed hardy jeans,coogi

    jeans,affliction jeans, Laguna Beach Jeans,ed hardy T-

    shirts,Coogi T-shirts,Christian Audigier T-shirts,Gucci T-

    shirts,Polo T-shirts,coach handbag,gucci handbag,prada

    handbag,MK handbag,NIKE NFL JERSEY!
    http://www.shoppingone.net
    Air jordan(1-24)shoes $40
    Nike shox $35
    Handbags(Coach lv fendi gucci) $35
    Tshirts (Polo ,ed hardy,lacoste) $16
    Jean(True Religion,ed hardy,coogi) $30
    Sunglasses(Oakey,coach,gucci,Armaini) $16
    New era cap $9
    Nike NFL Jerseys $20
    free shipping accept credit card payment
    http://www.shoppingone.net

  • gyjydf | December 26, 2012 2:01 AMReply

    input this URL:

    commonprosperity.org@hotmail.com
    == ( http://commonprosperity.org )==
    you can find many cheap and fashion stuff
    jordan air max oakland raiders $30–39;
    Ed Hardy AF JUICY POLO Bikini $20;
    Handbags (Coach lv fendi d&g) $30
    T shirts (Polo ,edhardy,lacoste) $15
    Jean(True Religion,edhardy,coogi) $30
    Sunglasses (Oakey,coach,gucci,Armaini) $15
    New era cap $15
    Bikini (Ed hardy,polo) $20
    == ( http://commonprosperity.org/ )==

    WE ACCEPT PYAPAL PAYMENT
    DELIVERY TO YOU DOOR TO DOOR
    Free Shipping
    commonprosperity.org@hotmail.com
    ( commonprosperity.org/ )
    。 ┅★`_、

  • fou | December 26, 2012 12:03 AMReply

    Hello,everybody,the good shoping place,offer fashion goods and nfl jerseys
    throwback classic,the new season was coming soon, click in. buy something
    with your and your family!

    ===== http://www.famalegoods.net ====

    Air jordan(1-24)shoes $33

    Nike s h o x(R4,NZ,OZ,TL1,TL2,TL3) $33

    Handbags(Coach lv fendi d&g) $33

    Tshirts (Polo ,ed hardy,lacoste) $16

    Jean(True Religion,ed hardy,coogi) $30

    Sunglasses(Oakey,coach,gucci,Armaini) $12

    New era cap $9

    Bikini (Ed hardy,polo) $18

    FREE SHIPPING

    Accept Credit Card Payment!

    --- http://www.famalegoods.net ---

    A friendship founded on business is better than business founded on
    friendship. Thanks!

  • dsa | December 25, 2012 9:34 PMReply

    WOW,Xmas Was coming soon,we suggest hot SELL Product to your purchase:
    LV Coach Handbags ,nike shoes,air jordan shoes,nike shox shoes,gucci shoes ,true religion jeans, ed hardy jeans,coogi jeans,affliction jeans, Laguna Beach Jeans,ed hardy T-shirts,Coogi T-shirts,Christian Audigier T-shirts,Gucci T-shirts,Polo T-shirts,coach handbag,gucci handbag,prada handbag,MK handbag,NIKE NFL JERSEY!
    http://www.shoppingone.net
    Air jordan(1-24)shoes $40
    Nike shox $35
    Handbags(Coach lv fendi gucci) $35
    Tshirts (Polo ,ed hardy,lacoste) $16
    Jean(True Religion,ed hardy,coogi) $30
    Sunglasses(Oakey,coach,gucci,Armaini) $16
    New era cap $9
    Nike NFL Jerseys $20
    free shipping accept credit card payment
    http://www.shoppingone.net sa

  • sdgvsd | December 25, 2012 9:33 PMReply

    WOW,Xmas Was coming soon,we suggest hot SELL Product to your purchase:
    LV Coach Handbags ,nike shoes,air jordan shoes,nike shox shoes,gucci shoes ,true religion jeans, ed hardy jeans,coogi jeans,affliction jeans, Laguna Beach Jeans,ed hardy T-shirts,Coogi T-shirts,Christian Audigier T-shirts,Gucci T-shirts,Polo T-shirts,coach handbag,gucci handbag,prada handbag,MK handbag,NIKE NFL JERSEY!
    http://www.shoppingone.net
    Air jordan(1-24)shoes $40
    Nike shox $35
    Handbags(Coach lv fendi gucci) $35
    Tshirts (Polo ,ed hardy,lacoste) $16
    Jean(True Religion,ed hardy,coogi) $30
    Sunglasses(Oakey,coach,gucci,Armaini) $16
    New era cap $9
    Nike NFL Jerseys $20
    free shipping accept credit card payment
    http://www.shoppingone.net

  • Monique a Williams | December 25, 2012 4:57 PMReply

    Glad I saw the film earlier! Spoilers!!

  • Nick Name | December 25, 2012 4:28 PMReply

    By the time I'll get to seeing this film, I'll have forgotten these minor spoilers.

  • Bob Giovanelli | December 25, 2012 3:28 PMReply

    Couldn't an article about this film, that admits it has mild spoilers in it...wait until, oh, let's say...a week from now? This is the myopia of industry people and reviewers who want to talk about it as it's "old news" to them...when the film is only opening today! Why would the majority of us read this now before we have a chance to see it?

  • Justin Case | December 27, 2012 7:11 AM

    "Why would the majority of us read this now before we have a chance to see it?"

    Why did you? Couldn't you wait until, oh, let's say... a week from now?

  • Jeff H Kaufman | December 25, 2012 2:38 PMReply

    Let's not forget the wanted posters for Edwin S. Porter and other famous film luminaries

  • Liam James | December 26, 2012 11:08 PM

    What about the 1960's music montage when Django and the doctor become friends? Is that a throwback to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and all of the seemingly random montage's that came about in that buddy western?