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Tarantino says slavery far worse than brutal 'Django Unchained'

BERLIN (AP) -- Quentin Tarantino says the brutal abuse of black slaves shown in his latest movie "Django Unchained" pales in comparison to the violence that was commonplace during the slavery era.

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The director told reporters Tuesday, ahead of the launch of the movie in Germany, that "the truth, or the reality, was a thousand times worse than what I showed."

Tarantino said he wouldn't have been able to show the full extent of violence perpetrated by American slave owners.

The R-rated movie stars Jamie Foxx as a slave going on a killing spree of white slave owners and overseers just before the Civil War.

The cast also includes Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson.

Tarantino's movie was released in U.S. theaters Dec. 25.

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Jan 8, 2013 9:09AM
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In the mid 30s, testimonial records were entered into the Library of Congress of actual interviews of slaves. These records were funded by the US work program of the day, and the accounts are horrific.

 

If Mr. Tarantino were to mimic these true testimonials, he would need to change the rating of his effort to XXX. The records share that there were plantation owners who refused to even cloth their slaves; both men and women worked their entire lives in the fields in the nude and bare footed.

Jan 8, 2013 9:19AM
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it is a move PEOPLE,  not a history lesson,. The story was great , had me  crying laughing,
The movie is great.

Jan 8, 2013 10:07AM
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I agree with the guy that said "it's a movie...not a history lesson"...if you want something to be upset about...go the the library and research "slavery"....look up the Till murder..or any murders from the supposed time of 'freedom".....
Jan 8, 2013 8:29AM
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LOL.  Tarantino isn't telling any TRUTHS!!!  He's shining a glaring light on "what might've been" during a time in the history of the United States when black people had no freedom or human rights.  The reality of that time was likely worse than anything he's depicted onscreen in "Django Unchained," but it's entertainment and nothing more, certainly not a historical documentary.  The ugly truth is that as much as we've progressed in the past 150+ years, this country is still rife with unbridled racism and is still only moving at a snail's pace away from such ideas.
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GREAT movie......and yes he is telling the TRUTH!
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