Tarantino on the Brutality of ‘Django Unchained’
Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Why do you think we’ve had to distance ourselves from the pain as we have — which makes your representation shocking?
Quentin Tarantino: I don’t know the answer to that question because I don’t feel that way. I can’t understand why anybody would feel that way. I think America is one of the only countries that has not been forced, sometimes by the rest of the world, to look their own past sins completely in the face. And it’s only by looking them in the face that you can possibly work past them. And it’s not a case where the Turks don’t want to acknowledge the Armenian holocaust, but the Armenians do. Nobody wants to acknowledge it here.
How do the fiscal cliff, getting bumped from your flight, buying a car, and hostage negotiations relate to one another?
The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it; but the teller of the comic story tells you beforehand that it is one of the funniest things he has ever heard, then tells it with eager delight, and is the first person to laugh when he gets through. And sometimes, if he has had good success, he is so glad and happy that he will repeat the “nub” of it and glance around from face to face, collecting applause, and then repeat it again. It is a pathetic thing to see.