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.
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.
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.