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In addition to KeyBrdBasher's excellent out-of-universe answer I'd like to concentrate a bit more on Django's motivation, even if it's really just plain speculation on my part. You have to consider that Django has been a slave for all his life, wearing nothing else than mere rags, if so much at all. It certainly makes sense for him to dress as ...


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Nice question! There's a very solid piece of trivia behind it that will perhaps make you appreciate Quentin Tarantino and his style even more. A Django trivia article on Badass Digest explains it like this: When Django gets his first outfit it turns out to be quite similar to a Thomas Gainsborough painting, The Blue Boy. This 1770 painting was created ...


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I believe it is to be interpreted as "getting the last laugh", "getting one up", or "getting the better" of the other person. A game of wits in which the two are playing mind games with each other to see who can get the last laugh. Throughout the scenes leading up to this moment, after Candie forces Schultz to pay 12,000 for Broomhilda, Candie repeatedly ...


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Zoe Bell, who starred for Tarantino in "Death Proof," played another character that was seemingly cut down -- one of the plantation enforcers who wears a bandana over her face and earns a third-act close-up. "Yeah, you don’t really get anything from her character,” Goggins said. “But she’s lethal. And you know, I should probably just stick to ...


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Short answer: No The most obvious explanation of that scene is that the shells were casings from his own bullets or spare ammunition he hadn't been able to load before Stephen (the black estate manager) captured Broomhilda and threatened to shoot her. His action preceding that scene involved sheltering from hostile fire, which he wouldn't need to do if he ...


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You have slightly muddled the occurrence of events. Schultz has a flashback of the dog-mauling scene not right after Candie ups Broomhilda's(Django's wife) price, but later when the deal is being put to paper. In the violent moment where Candie threatens to bash Hilda's skull with a hammer, Schultz agrees to the raised price in a breath. Later, when Dr. ...


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Him hating all the white people is a bit of a stretch, after all that white Dr. Shultz did for him. However, hating all the Candies is not a wee bit of a stretch. Covering his track is also a good motive: random slaves are not very likely reveal (or even be asked) who killed their hated masters when some sheriff or a marshal come to investigate, but Calvin ...


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In the beginning, Django seem like only bounty help to Schultz but slowly Schultz and Django learn about each other and in a scene Django tells how his wife got sold in to the slavery and Schultz reveals about his wife's death. Schultz starts teaching Django how to shoot and becomes his mentor and also there were instances where Schultz admires Django's ...


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I don't think it was ever even considered that Schultz goes there alone, so it's not an addressed issue. The rest of my answer is speculative. First, it's Django's wife, so it is a matter of ego, and it is emotionally very important that he comes to her rescue. Given his temper, I have hard time imagining him waiting for Schultz to rescue her, even if it ...


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Django is a slave himself as he does not like what he is seeing, he still has to remember what he came to do, not to let his emotions get in the way of the task at hand. (Remember you can't save everyone.) By letting Candy unleash the dogs shows that Django respects Candy and that he wants him to know that he does not fear him and that he needs to be taken ...


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This is not entirely implausible as a portrayal of slavery. When white children were raised by slaves, they can grow to love them even as they feel they are inferior... you loved your puppy as a child, no doubt. Stephen raised him as a boy, and was always a mentor figure. Calvin no doubt grew to rely on him for advice and wisdom, and those would be no less ...


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According to this article Tarantino is a big fan of Australian exploitation cinema and wanted to work with actors from 70s Australian cinema because he thought it would be "cool." The characters were written as indentured servants - the mining company payed their way over from Australia years before and they are working for the mining company to "pay off" ...


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In fact my answer is very similar to KeyBrd Basher's but I'm still going to post my views: I for myself wouldn't say that with this flashback he realized Candie was going to kill them all (which I'm not even sure was the case). I would rather say that this flashback just raised his anger over Candie's cruelty and increased his moral aversion against him, ...


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I haven't found any interviews with Tarantino or the rest of the crew to definitively answer this, but I think it's largely about the symbolism involved. Just before Django killed John Brittle, he is recited scripture from the Old Testament (about justice) to a slave girl, while he whips her. He believes he is right. He believes he is superior to the girl, ...


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Whilst Steven may not have 'lost' his limp, there is definitely a suggestion that he is deliberately exaggerating his physical handicap... The entire film is a portrait of ethnic stereotypes, with each character seemingly tackling and subverting hackneyed clichés; In Stephen's case, 'The Uncle Tom'... The phrase "Uncle Tom" has also become an epithet ...


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First of all, she is indeed spelled Broomhilda (with an "M") both in the credits and throughout the movie. I think it's only Schultz who calls her Brunhilda due to his habits. I just understood that as a parody of the original name, emphasizing her status as a slave, since she's supposed to carry a broom when cleaning up behind her masters, something along ...


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The TV Tropes page for Django Unchained offers this explanation for the oddity of Lara's death scene: That, of course, was a reference to the Spaghetti Western genre of old, of which this movie is based on. Deaths of women were usually less gory or not entirely shown.


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There were certainly plenty of witnesses to the event. The household help who were allowed to escape still continue to be slaves of the Candies. IMO, both the housekeeper and Candie's mistress, Sheba (?), would, perhaps with a little persuasion, be happy to cooperate with any investigators. And investigation there will be, considering the nature of the ...


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I didn't catch any reference to future sequels — also because sequels are not decided by open endings or similar stuff, they are decided by the money the film managed to make and the likelihood of a sequel having a similar success (and revenue) —, rather a reference and play on the popular and fixed expression fastest gun in the west. I can't find an ...


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No. The doors and furniture are completely different. In the movies, the Palace Saloon is in Hill Valley, California. The Django saloon is in Texas. From IMDB: When Django and Dr. Schultz are in Daughtrey, Texas (near the beginning of the film), the saloon they are in is called "Minnesota Clay's Saloon". Minnesota Clay (1964) is the name of Western film ...


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I'll add my two cents as a short video producer with a film degree. In that sequence, I think there are only 4 shots that actually show Jamie Foxx holding the whip and hitting the guy. The rest of the shots either show Jamie by himself marching forward and flinging the whip around, or show the guy on the ground with a whip landing next to him, or show ...


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I'll take a different tack and state what may be obvious: It's a conceit of the narrative that Django goes along. He's the protagonist of the film, so his involvement in all aspects of that narrative becomes necessary to keep him in that role. The film makes it abundantly clear that Candie's primary interest was in Mandingo fighting slaves. The remainder of ...


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All sources claim that DiCaprio really cut his hand so it seems to be true and there is no reason to think otherwise. Here's a video with Christoph Waltz talking about that incident.


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It was real. A simple Google of "Dicaprio cut hand" would have dug this out: Additionally, it's in a WatchMojo list of on set injuries:


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I think, that he wanted handshake, because of last abasement from Schults, who felt him his nonentity: he underlined Candy's faux-gentility, that he had many of books by Dumas but hadn't mind on its content (Schults was disgusted by Bethoven music because of this spuriousness too)


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The case is still going on. The latest order was on July 7, 2016. The order granted "Consent Motion for Extension of Time to Answer" by the defendants (Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.) Here is the summary of that order: MINUTE ORDER: Granting25 Consent Motion for Extension of Time to Answer. Defendant Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. must answer ...


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She might not have ordered anything particularly severe that we saw but she was complicit with the brutal treatment of the slaves at the house, including Broomhilda. Her brother adored her and she could easily have used that influence to ease the plight of the people there but she chose not to and merely enjoyed the luxury of her life off their backs. She ...


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Note that the proper spelling is Brünnhilde, so "broom" is not the only change, also the -e to an -a. Tarantino pretty obviously took the spelling from the comic strip, but I see no symbolism there other than the obvious: humiliation of a slave woman who inside was a proud valkyrie, and mocking Southern whites ignorant of the Nibelungenlied, their cultural ...


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Actually, it was explained as to why Django went to Candieland. Shultz was the money man in their little plan, while Django was the one who had to identify the fighter they intended to purchase. Shultz explained this beforehand. In their plan, Django was to play the part of the experienced and expert fighter, and thus the best judge of the fighter they ...


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