CIVIL RIGHTS, FILMS, MISSISSIPPI
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Will you be watching Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ set in Mississippi?

djangoIf Quentin Tarantino is ever cosmically punished, I’m pretty sure he will be forced to direct a heartwarming Disney movie for general audiences that is so squeaky clean it doesn’t even warrant a PG rating, but on Dec. 25, he offered theaters another story of violence and vengeance.

It’s called “Django Unchained.” It’s about slavery. And it’s set in Chickasaw County, Miss., two years before the Civil War. (It was actually filmed in Jackson Hole, Wyo.)

Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave, is trained as a bounty hunter who searches for his wife, who has been sold, and seeks vengeance against tormenting plantation owners.
NPR ran a story about the film today that you can read or listen to here in which the director says he hopes Americans will find his violent film historically cathartic.

I have not seen the movie yet, but I’m familiar with most, if not all, of Tarantino’s other films, so I know what to expect should I find myself wandering into a theater.

In the online debate that follows the NPR story, there is discussion, (as always), about whether or not Tarantino uses violence in a valuable, artful way or if it’s just for gratuitous shock value.

That said, I wonder how local audiences will respond to the film.

Have you seen it? Will you? Are you a Tarantino fan? Share your thoughts below.

Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

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