This year American history was beautifully backlit and exquisitely argued in Lincoln; tersely annotated and faithfully reenacted in Zero Dark Thirty; and now, with Django Unchained, it gets hand-cranked through Quentin Tarantino’s imagination, which is to say through a mirrored palace of movie cameras, projectors, eyeballs, and screens, each one aimed askew and operating at full tilt. It may never walk the same way again.
The John Ford western was the inspiration for many other genres and subgenres, especially horror and science fiction.
So it's fitting that Quentin Tarantino has named his new homage to the spaghetti western Django Unchained, after Django's titular antihero. Like Tarantino's films and the spaghetti western genre in general, Django is pure pastiche, a hybrid genre film pulled together from various other generic tropes. Django, directed by Sergio Corbucci, is a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy; it's a riff on A Fistful of Dollars, which in turn is a revisionist remake of Yojimbo, which is an homage to John Ford's westerns.