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Movie Review: Django -- Squeezing the buck

Last week as is our pattern we went to a movie. It’s good socialization as well as recreation followed by dinner. The movie we went to see was called DJANGO. It was a sort of western with all the cruelties of southern slavery built in. It had murder, whippings, torture, mutilation, arena boxing, and rape followed by slave sales. It certainly was not a documentary. All the movie did was possibly set race relations back to the civil war period. The main purpose of the movie most likely was the big buck.

The movie was already condemned by a number of groups. The movie was bad enough but was soon followed by the production and sale of doll-like action figures. You have Django, the slave master, and the black head house slave. The white torturers and the black slave love interest. The outcry by civil rights groups was great enough that the movies producers cancelled the production of the “action figures.” So far the producer has not been able to be reached for comment.

No one has to tell me about the horrors of slavery. I’ve been well educated in U.S. and world history. The movie certainly was not a Schindlers List.



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January 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

By: Jim Vail

Durango accurately depicts slavery... What's the problem?

I actually thought this film was right on to discuss slavery, this country's history. Keep the topic alive. Many don't know truly how horrorific slavery was in this country, with cries for the confederate flag to rise again. While Jews have asked for compensation for the holocaust, what about black Americans? No compensation at all? Sounds like denial to me, so better to drive home the history of how their ancestors were treated, yet not even an apology by this government.

January 22, 2013 at 2:55 PM

By: Michael Ellis

Not sure about Django review.

I am not exactly sure what part featured rape but I think it saying it set race relations back "to the civil war era" and the movie in its dialog was incorrect. This country has a race problem but I do not believe this movie was suppose to be catalyst to either start a movement or deteriorate where the country is in regards to race.

I do not believe that 'Django' was suppose to be the Schindler's List at all and if you were well educated in the U.S. and world history then you probably should have had a better comparison. It sounds like you could not swallow (me assuming here) that those before me participated in these atrocities and you covered your eyes instead of appreciating what that history has evolved to today.

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