Thursday, August 9, 2012

theGrio: Why Revenge Flicks Almost Never Go Black (Featuring "Django, Unchained") - The Snob Blog - Danielle Belton's The Black Snob

This weekend for theGrio, The Snob tackles the cautious excitement (and pre-emptive annoyance) overQuentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and that most rare of revenge flicks -- the slave revenge film. Why is it so rare? I'm sure it has to do with the difference of the fantasy violence of revenge films like "Taken" versus the reality of slave revolts, like the one in Haiti that liberated the colony in a round of vicious bloodshed. Revenge is fun if you don't think it's going to be directed at you. And by "you," I mean your average white American movie-lover. Maybe Tarantino will pull it off by virtue of being Tarantino, but I doubt Spike Lee could have got this film greenlit.

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