Scene Analysis of Django Unchained
(This is a companion piece to http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/19/opinion/williams-django-still-chained/index.html)
I find that I am often less interested in how you feel, than why you feel. It’s a running theme in my personal and professional…
If only one black person (Django) displays the vaguest interest in gaining freedom, while the rest consistently demonstrate that they wouldn’t do anything with that freedom, were they to obtain it, then we’re not able to become invested in them or their pursuits: We can’t relate to shiftless characters. Being illiterate, and/or brown, does not remove the ability to think, or observe or yearn or plan or develop meaningful relationships.