'Django Unchained': 12 strange details from Quentin Tarantino's vengeance Western

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Sticky red cotton

Given all the concern about how Tarantino will handle the issue of slavery, the colors that most fascinated me in the trailer were not white and black, but red and white — with this startling shot of a white man’s blood spraying all over unpicked cotton bolls.

It’s rare that you see this kind of blood in an MPAA-approved trailer, but the power of that shot is undeniable. Historians could argue that a lot of symbolic blood was spilled over the textiles these plantations helped produced, but Tarantino goes straight at it with a visceral, literal version of that. Only this time it’s the slave master’s blood being spilled, not that of the slaves toiling for him.

“Kill white folks and they pay you for it?” Django says. “What’s not to like?”

Now, I’m pretty sure Tarantino plagiarized that one from Hallmark.

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