Two noted films about Slavery and the end of it are in this year’s Oscar race. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Two different approaches to the time but in many ways great companion pieces. Tarantino talks about the dirty little American secret of slave owners, calling it “sex on demand” in his latest Playboy interview. Countless African Americans alive today are descendants from slave owners raping or having long term affairs with their slaves. Thomas Jefferson fathered many children, and none of whom can claim the historical lineage. It is one of the more reprehensible details in American history. In Lincoln, it isn’t directly addressed because that isn’t the film’s focus. Naturally this won’t keep people from whining and complaining, something they won’t do for Django Unchained, though I’m sure there will be something else to criticize.
PLAYBOY: You killed Hitler in Inglourious Basterds, with Jewish soldiers scalping Nazis. In Django Unchained you have a liberated slave turned bounty hunter who takes on the slave masters who turned his wife into a prostitute. Hollywood is recycling fairy tales, from Alice in Wonderland to The Wizard of Oz. Are you doing a more creative version by crafting revisionist-history fables that allow victims of loathsome events to rise up and have their day?