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Quentin Tarantino has a habit of name-dropping obscure genre movies in interviews, but in lead-up to the release of Django Unchained, he was particularly insistent on singling out one half-forgotten film — The Legend of Nigger Charley, a 1972 blaxploitation slave epic. “There’s only been one movie that kind of dealt with the subject I’m dealing with…and that was a blaxploitation film starring Fred Williamson called The Legend of Nigger Charley,” Tarantino told Charlie Rose. “All these movies that kind of trip all over themselves with historical facts…at the end of the day, they’re just kind of a downer. The Legend of Nigger Charley is more empowering for the average black audience because it’s more of a Spartacus story, the slave who fights back and actually gets his.” Last week, with Frank Rich writing a cover story on the “Obama Oscars” and the cultural importance of Django, »

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