‘I can’t see through my eye holes..’
I highly recommend Django Unchained. Jamie Foxx redefines dude in his role as Django. Leonardo DiCaprio nails it as the creepster villain and owner of the Candy Land plantation. The film is a heady cocktail of violence and humor. One scene in particular that made me laugh was when a group of Klu Klux Klan are on horseback, about to hunt down Django, when they start whining that they can’t see through the eye-holes of their poorly made white masks (see clip here). Tarantino has a knack for turning a horrifying situation on its head by making it absurd. We also see this in Inglorious Basterds when humour is added as an antedote to the wickedness of the Nazis, for instance when Brad Pitt’s character puts on an appaling Italian accent… “arrivedeeeeerce“. In both movies Tarantino takes real historical events and alters them drastically, which then draws our attention back to what really happened. In Inglorious Basterds he rewrites the ending of World War II, and in Django the slaves are able to take bloody, uncompromising revenge against their owners.
As Tarantino explains in this interview below Django Unchained has got people discussing slavery with a renewed vigor.
The director loses it when the interviewer asks him about the link between real life violence and violence in films. This is somewhat understandable as being asked the same question for twenty years must get pretty tiresome. Not to mention that by suggesting that there is a correllation between violence on-screen and in reality the interviewer misses the point of where violence actually stems from (and also ignores the fact that the heinously violent acts committed towards slaves, as seen in Django, all happened before film existed).
On a lighter note Christoph Waltz made a great acceptance speech at the Baftas last night for his award for best supporting actor.
And now for something completely different…
Last week I went to see Jurgen Teller: WOO! at the ICA. Whether its editorial, advertising or more personal Teller’s photographs display his idiosyncratic vision. He repeatedly takes the most unusual or stereotypically unattractive feature of a person and makes it the intriguing focus of an image, for instance with Viviene Westwoods ageing figure. He also plays with irony and the unexpected; we see Victoria Beckham upside down in a shopping bag, and Kate Moss curled up in a wheelbarrow.
Can’t wait to hear about NY!