Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, and the second in a proposed trilogy of revisionist history films, Django Unchained, has opened very strong in the US. In fact, opening in US cinemas on Christmas Day, Django Unchained took a record breaking $15 million for an R-rated film. This is great news indeed for Tarantino’s loyal backers the Weinstein Company.
In the first three days of release, Django Unchained has gone on to earn $34 million, and this figure, despite its content and three hour running time, could place it bigger than both Inglorious Basterds and Pulp Fiction. Inglorious Basterds opened in the US on $38 million in its first three days in August 2009, and went on to earn $120.5 million, and a further $201 million outside of the US. Kill Bill Volume 1 opened with $22 million, earned $70 million in the US and a further $111 million worldwide, Needless to say, Tarantino movies are never big blockbusters, but to date his most successful films are Inglorious Basterds and his 1994 film Pulp Fiction. Pulp Fiction took $214 million worldwide, and now all signs are pointing to Django Unchained topping that, and possibly Inglorious Basterds aswell.
Things are looking up for Tarantino as earlier today it was announced that the director will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the seventh Rome Film Festival, and composer Ennio Morricone (who wrote an original song for Django Unchained) will present Tarantino with the award. The award will be handed to Tarantino on January 4th during a gala screening of his new film.
Fest artistic director and spaghetti western fan Marco Muller, who has had Tarantino on his Venice competition jury, states:
“Tarantino is a profoundly American yet very European filmmaker, because the relationship he has established with cinema and its history is as analytical as it is passionate…As a result his films are both alive and vivacious to the extreme, they blast away the codes and conventions of film genres but each of them does express the spirit of his time.”
And finally, if all that wasn’t enough, a new featurette has gone on-line with the focus on Leonardo DiCaprio. In the two minute video, both stars and Tarantino himself talk about DiCaprio’s incredible acting abilities and what he brought the the role of the villain Calvin Candie. Check it out at the bottom of this post.
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Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…
Written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is produced by Stacey Sher, Pilar Savone and Reginald Hudlin. The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole.
DJANGO UNCHAINED will be released in the UK by Sony Pictures on 18th January 2013.
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