Django Unchained: Perpetual Slavery
Implicit messages, although sometimes difficult to notice, are a big part of today’s media. Whether it be film, literature, art, or radio, implicit messages are hiding and waiting to be found by the audience. One such example is the 2012 movie Django Unchained. Although it is a fairly bloody action movie, a predominant implicit message from this film is that slavery is sugarcoated most of the time and not shown for what it truly was, among other messages. Django Unchained is a dramatized film showing a slave as he goes through a gory search for his wife. As for a basic rundown of the film, it is as follows: A bounty hunter, Dr. Schultz, needs Django’s help to find the Brittle Brothers. He partners…show more content…
Now, the specifics of the scene also present the implicit message of the film. The overarching theme that comes from the institution of slavery is that white people are superior. One way in which this is shown in the scene is through camera angles. Overall, when the camera is focusing on Schultz, Broomhilda, or Django, it is high-angle, or eye-level, implying that slaves and those that help them are lesser people. Since the camera is looking down on them, it’s as if the audience is looking down on them as Candie is. In the opposite sense, the camera angle on Candie is typically low-angle, showing that he is greater and higher than others around him. When the audience sees the camera angle on Candie, they experience the same patronizing attitude Candie has towards everyone else in the room. Personally, these angles make it seem as if I’m in the scene and I’m being belittled and judged just as Candie is doing to everyone else. The camera angle effectively imposes on the audience the fear and anger that the characters feel.
Another specific of the scene is how the camera is held. One example is when Broomhilda is first brought into the room with everyone else. One of Candie’s other slaves pushes her into the room and she appears terrified. The camera increases this feeling by zooming in on her face and doing a close up. The camera angle is eye-level, but just