‘Django Unchained’ International Trailer: More Blood & Tarantino Humor

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Sony Pictures and The Weinstein Company are getting the buzz going early for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, in order to counter (or, rather, get the jump on) all the controversy bound to encircle the Kill Bill filmmaker’s slavery revenge fantasy/history tale.

A Django Unchained teaser trailer is currently showing in U.S. theaters, while additional footage premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival – even though Tarantino still has over a month of principal photography left to complete (at the time of writing this). More of that Cannes material is featured in the new international trailer, which includes bloody splatter and dark humor deemed too shocking for its domestic counterpart.

This new Django Unchained footage gels with both the Cannes reactions and early reviews of Tarantino’s script, where many people expressed surprise at the sheer oddity of the humor (see: Christoph Waltz’ tooth carriage). Such quirky scenes are smoothly meshed together with more sadistic, nervous-chuckle inducing moments, like when plantation head Calvin Candie (an animated Leonardo DiCaprio) giggles with delight as a pair of “mandingo” fighters wrestle for his entertainment.

Needless to say: this looks to be a Tarantino creation, in every meaning of the term.

jamie foxx django unchained Django Unchained International Trailer: More Blood & Tarantino Humor

Jamie Foxx as 'Django Unchained'

Django Unchained borrows certain tropes from the cinema of Sergio Leone (A Fistful of Dollars). This includes an unusual friendship struck between two men divided by race and class, in Dr. King Schultz (Waltz) and Django (Jamie Foxx) – reminiscent of that featured in A Fistful of Dynamite (well, minus one actor going brown-face, that is). In typical Tarantino style, such archetypes are bent so much they end up becoming almost unrecognizable. The same goes for the villainous players, including Samuel L. Jackson as Candie’s loyal house servant.

Between those aspects and the gorgeous scenery glimpsed in Django Unchained footage to date – along with the stylized production design, courtesy of the late J. Michael Riva – there’s good reason for Tarantino fans to be excited forĀ Django Unchained. Non-Tarantino converts, however, are probably going to be scratching their heads once again, wondering what all the fuss is about.

Django Unchained opens in U.S. theaters on December 25th, 2012.


Source: Sony Pictures

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  1. So glad he clarified how to pronounce Django.

  2. I’m surprised I haven’t seen anyone mention John Ford’s The Searchers as a point of reference for this movie. At least judging by the trailer and as you mentioned “unusual friendship struck between two men divided by race and class”

    • The Searchers is a contender for the greatest western ever
      complete with a towering performance by the Duke himself.

    • It’s a good point.

      Mostly, I’ve stuck to referencing classic spaghetti westerns since that’s the sub-genre Tarantino is specifically paying homage to.

  3. I’m sorry, but this movie looks awful…I was expecting something more gritty and along the line of the famous spaghetti westerns of the past… these cowboys look to clean, too pretty, and way too cheesy…it looks more like a sequel to Posse than a dedication to the art of westerns…

    • Who asked for your apology?

  4. I like westerns with some measure of authenticity and this strikes me a pure fantasy.

  5. Looks awesome not every western has to be gritty… complain complain complain is all I hear these days.

  6. love Tarantino, but i think he could have found ANYONE other than Jamie Foxx for the lead. ANYONE. i just dont like him, and i think he is a mediocre actor at best.

    • Looks fun. Altho I was expecting something a bit more Once upon a time in the west ( my favourite western ). I agree about J Fox. In the trailer he doesnt really seem to be inhabiting a character as much as the others are. Best to wait and see but an unknown actor couldve been good.

  7. This looks great. I cant see where anyone could really complain about this movie.

  8. This will distill into if you like Tarantino you’ll like this and if you don’t you won’t.

  9. I can’t be the only one who’s found it funny that Waltz character is a Dentist and DiCaprio’s character has the last name Candie???
    I really didn’t know what to expect from this movie but from the trailers I’m expecting a hilarious romp.

  10. Yea this looks terrible. Tarantino has gone from directing interesting masterpieces like Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown to making this over the top fantasy homages for the last 12 years. This film is going to feature the overuse of the N word, over the top dialogue and more than quarter of the film will be homages. I wish Tarantino took a look at PT Anderson and grow as a filmmaker instead of putting out this kind of fluff.

    • Jackie Brown a “masterpiece”?…really?

    • I think your definition of “masterpiece” is, to put it lightly, WRONG!!!

  11. Homage or Spaghetti Western…whatever. Whole thing just looks like fun to me – and THAT’S what Tarantino does well.

  12. That scene of Waltz giggling behind the bar is gold. Can’t wait!

  13. wth? everyone is a damn movie critic these days,whatever happened to actually enjoying movies???? Tarantino’s doing his thing the way he likes it and thats good enough,do all his movies have 2 be ‘classics’ anyway?Anyhow the movie looks fun,there’s blood,actors are on point,awesome lines,oh well tarantino just made my xmas…nuffsaid

  14. why would anyone expect anything different than this from tarantino. he’s KNOWN for making movies like this.

  15. I didnt know they had aviator sunglasses in the old west. Check the scene with django saying “touch your gun and u die”. Awesome, didn’t know there would be a time travel sub-plot.