movie review - speaking KS 22 January 2013
a) pre-reading: What do you know about slavery
in America? Where did it happen and when?
When was it abolished (=abschaffen)?
Django Unchained is the latest film from Quentin
Tarantino - one of America's most original filmmakers.
His new picture is set before the American Civil War and
focuses on racism, slavery and many bloody killings. It
arrives in cinemas at a sensitive time in the wake of the
shootings in Connecticut.
In 1858, several male slaves are chained and being transported after being purchased
at an auction in Texas by the Speck brothers. Among the slaves is Django (Jamie Foxx), who
has been sold away from his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). The Speck brothers
encounter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German immigrant dentist and, unbeknownst
to them, bounty hunter. Schultz takes Django and kills one of the Speck brothers, leaving the
other to be killed by the now-free slaves. Schultz reveals that he sought out Django to aid him
in identifying the Brittle brothers, a trio of ruthless killers working for a plantation owner.
Schultz confesses that his bounty hunting is opportunistic, but emphasizes to Django that he
despises slavery. The two come to an agreement: in exchange for helping locate the Brittle
brothers, Schultz will free Django from slavery and give him $75 and a horse. After they hunt
down and kill the Brittle brothers, Schultz takes Django on as his associate in bounty hunting.
After collecting a number of bounties over the winter, Schultz and Django confirm
that Broomhilda's current owner is Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a charming but brutal
plantation owner. At Candie's plantation, Candyland, some of his male slaves are trained to
fight to the death (called "Mandingo fighting"). Schultz and Django devise a plan to reach
Broomhilda by posing as potential purchasers of a Mandingo fighter. Schultz introduces
Django as a free man and an expert on Mandingo fighting, but this causes hostility at
Candyland, where racism is extreme. Schultz and Django are shocked to witness Candie
execute one of his Mandingo slaves by having attack dogs tear him apart. Candie and Schultz
come to an agreement to purchase a Mandingo fighter for $12,000. After traveling to Candies'
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