Django Unchained (Weinstein Films)Quentin Tarantino, whose top cinematic heroes are tough minded and ambitious directors (Samuel Fuller, Sergio Leone, and Brian De Palma), does not have a confidence issue.  The visual and narrative bravado featured in his body of work puts him at the head of the pack among his contemporaries, so it was a bit of a surprise when he expressed doubt about shooting certain sequences in his latest feature Django Unchained.

During a recent press conference, Tarantino actually considered shooting a slavery sequence in the West Indies or Brazil, but thanks to an important dinner with Sidney Poitier (whom Tarantino describes as a father figure), the director went with his original intent.  Poitier’s daughter, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, starred in Tarantino’s Grindhouse movie Death Proof.

The following audio clip, running nearly four minutes, gives a little insight at the filmmaker’s creative process.  Django Unchained co-star Samuel L. Jackson can also be heard at the end of the sound bite.  To hear Tarantino and Jackson, click on the media bar below:

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Django Unchained features the DP work of Robert Richardson, who was also the cinematographer behind the two Kill Bill films and Inglourious Basterds.

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posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @Gvasdi)