Historical Perspective Of Django Unchained And Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
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History of Film
November 21, 2017
Wild, Wild West
Historical Perspective Both films were made for different reasons and made different impacts during their time of release. For Django Unchained, the film showed the horror of slavery before the civil war. Showing slaves being eaten by dogs to slaves fighting to the death, makes an unconventional film for its time and raised a lot of controversy considering the movies historical accuracy. The horror of slavery is in the dehumanization that slave owners create and the effects placed upon the slave of having to do whatever is necessary to survive, including killing. The memory of slavery is revisited and reminds the United States of its shame during the time of the film. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a revisionist western that pays homage to old western movies. Since Westerns were outdated in the late 60’s, this revised western film is created with New Hollywood elements including an unhappy ending and film using rock/pop soundtracks to attract the youth.
Both Django Unchained and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid share a common theme of freedom. In Django Unchained, there are multiple layers of freedom shown that a man and woman is able to obtain in life. Django is released from chains of oppression, then is given the right to choose his costume. After his task with Dr. Schultz, he is given his freedom. Dr. Schultz has a greater understanding of freedom since he has never