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Last week, Spike Lee, while explaining his outrage over Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, tweeted, “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust.” What Lee presumably meant was that slavery was too important to be turned into violent entertainment in a disreputable genre. But disreputable genres are sometimes the ones that can do the best justice to moral horror. In his review of Django Unchained, David Edelstein perceptively labeled the spaghetti Western “a degenerate genre … best savored for its subversiveness.” Indeed, despite their reputation as a vehicle for cheap thrills and badly dubbed Eastwoodian one-liners, many spaghetti Westerns turned the iconography of the American West inside out and revealed it to be full of lies. Nobody should be surprised that Django Unchained, in its homage to this most subversive of genres, fully adopts its revolutionary spirit and moral outrage.While politics did peek through in »


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