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Emperors and Gladiators in Django Unchained – 12:15-12:45 Thursday 26th November

November 20, 2015

Ben Greet explores the classical influences in Quentin Tarrantino’s 2012 film Django Unchained, both those acknowledged by the director and those raised by interviewers and critics who have wondered whether he was attempting to create “an American Roman Empire” in this film.

Tarrantino has notably praised Leonardo di Caprio for turning his conception of Calvin Candie – the slave-owning plantation owner who forces slaves into fights to the the death – as a “petulant boy emperor” into a “charming” “Southern-fried Caligula”.

In pursuing this question Ben’s exploration will start with Roman emperors and broaden out from their personal activities into the areas of imperial administration and entertainment.

Leeds City Museum

Ancient Worlds Gallery

From → Museum

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