Even though die-hard Tarantino geeks got a chance to sneak away from the family this holiday and pay Django Unchained a visit, most of them have been keeping busy since the film with the dozens of interviews QT has been doing, revealing his inspirations, thoughts, and other behind-the-scenes goodies about the making of the spaghetti Western send-up that explores slavery during the antebellum period in the old South. The director recently appeared on Charlie Rose, and we have the full 48-minute video for your viewing pleasure, above.
In the chat, QT reveals he had the idea for Django Unchained for about eight years, but the actual story came to him during the final press rounds of 2009's Inglourious Basterds. He had been writing a subtextual film criticism book about Italian film director Sergio Corbucci — who is known for some of the most violent spaghetti Wsterns in cinema history. He also created Django Unchained's namesake, Django, in 1966. QT said Corbucci's films inspired him to make a movie about America's bleakest point in history — a time that was "truly the biggest sin," which the country is still suffering for to this day.
Previous efforts have been "historical with a capital H," which put the subject of slavery under glass, or they've been too exploitive for audiences to fully process (Mandingo, Goodbye Uncle Tom), so he came up with an adventurous genre tale that was about a "black male rising up" to become a hero. Listen to the rest of the interview to find out why Jamie Foxx was the right man for the job, and much more.
Even though the "D" is silent in Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino is anything but. He chats about the music selections for his film soundtrack in this commentary playlist, below. As usual, QT used some existing material for the soundtrack, but there are new works by Rick Ross, John Legend and more included. Hear it for yourself, and let us know what tracks you've had on repeat since the film premiered this past Christmas. [via Cinema Blend]