Newsflash: Quentin Tarantino is a twisted dude.
That’s why we love the guy, of course. He breathes new life into the genres he touches by infusing them not just with a movie lover’s passion, but with the demented sensibility of someone who’s spent too much time alone in the dark.
When the trailer for Django Unchained debuted yesterday, it did not disappoint, delivering us 2 minutes and 36 seconds of antebellum peculiarity. Here are a few offbeat moments that jumped out.
Django meets Django
“What’s your name?” asks the stranger in the white hat and purple ascot.
“Django,” replies Jamie Foxx’s character, blowing smoke. “The D is silent.”
We never get an introduction from the stranger, who is hanging out in the parlor overseen by Leonardo DiCaprio’s menacing Calvin Candie, but the actor is Franco Nero (Vanessa Redgrave’s long-lost love in Letters to Juliet — and also her real life husband), who made his breakthrough starring in a 1966 spaghetti western titled, you guessed it, Django.
Tarantino is a well-known aficionado of obscure cult films, which often serve as his greatest inspiration, as director Sergio Corbucci’s Django clearly did for Django Unchained. Another Italian film from around this corner of the video store, 1978’s The Inglorious Bastards, served as a similar muse for QT.