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Black Mirror Analysis

Postmodernism AnalysisDjango Unchained

QuestionsHow is this episode postmodern (pomo features)

How can you apply/relate Baurillard theory

How can you apply/relate Focault theory

How does it differ or challenge other media (could compare to other current media or traditional media)

How is it similar to other media? (could be other platforms)

What type of audience is this episode made for? What sort of impact does Charlie Brooker want on this audience? Why?

What types of technology and media are explored in black mirror?

How is this film postmodern?Addition = slavery, humour, black lead character, white antagonist, extreme violence, contemporary music, costume designsDeletion = Native Americans, The West, cowboys, traditional western musicSubstitution = Location (the south), modern music (Rick Ross)Transposition = Link to the German myth of Brunhilde (purpose of the narrative), Stephen (Uncle Tom = Behaves in a subservient manner to white people)

Homage = Title Django Unchained derived from: Django (1966) Hercules Unchained (1959)

Intertextuality = Djangos blue suit (Thomas Gainsborough The Blue Boy) Dr Schultzs gun (Taxi Driver (1976)) Djangos cowboy outfit (Little Joe Bonanza) Candieland shootout (Inglourious Basterds shootout) KKK raid (Birth Of A Nation (1915))

Hybridisation = Western, action, blaxploitation, comedy

How can you apply/relate Baurdillard theory?Hyper reality = Division between real and simulation has collapsed, therefore an illusion of an object is no longer possible because the real object is no longer their. Viewers are removed from reality and inserted into a past full of hyperreality and spinning every representation of the Spaghetti Western genre and films about slavery on their heads. Django is freed by a white bounty hunter and seen as (an almost) equal in society as the two ride their horses together through the stereotypical scenery of Western towns (and into the sunset), even though the majority of the locations visited are towards the south such as Mississippi.

How can you apply Foucaults theory?Panopticism = Originally a concept of a hypothetical prison proposed by Jeremy Bentham, having circular tiers of cells surrounding a central observation tower. In Django Unchained, Django is always watched upon because in the narrative, it is unusual for black person to be free and ride horses. This therefore generates a reaction from people that include anger as well as fear. Anger is shown through a reaction provided from Stephen when the audience are first introduced to him, but also fear is shown as when Django and Schultz ride through Mississippi, people avoided the two because they are interpreted as trouble.

Voyeurism = The voyeuristic fulfillment at work here is comparable to the castration anxiety of Freudian psychoanalytic theory and Mulvey feminist theory. Traditionally, it is an anxiety invoked by the womans image in symbolizing the castration through her lack of a phallus, which in a gender biased patriarchal system symbolizes the power and authority to define meaning. This idea can be more broadly applied to the relationship between high and low social status groups in general: in this case, blacks and whites. Tarantino take advantage of this power complex in the context of a spaghetti western slave narrative, best illustrated in the scene that calls into action both this figurative lack along with Djangos more literal threat of actual castration through extreme close ups, shifting point of views, and play with social blocking in the character arrangement of the scenes mise en scne.

How does it differ or challenge other media? This film challenges other media, especially from the western genre because the Blaxploitation genre of Django Unchained targets and uses content that specifically appeal across racial and ethnic lines. Django takes to the bounty hunting business with no small enthusiasm (Kill white folks and they pay you for it? Whats not to like?), although he eventually does discover a pain of conscience along the way. Although as a result of this, Spike Lee refused to watch the film due to the excessive violence and racism that the film contained.

Furthermore, the excessive violence is an addition made that challenges other media. The various shootouts and bloody scenes shown in the film challenge other media texts due to the sheer graphic visuals as well as the inclusion of humour. This takes away the seriousness of a situation similar to other western movies. For example in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), standoffs are taken seriously and create a tense atmosphere, whereas in Django, the gunfights add the element of humour due to the reaction of the characters to the situation.

How is it similar to other media?Intertextual References that have been included in the text:Schultzs gun = Taxi Driver referenceDjangos green cowboy suit = Little Joe Bonanza costumeKKK raid scene Birth of a Nation

Multiple texts feature narratives that base a character trying to save their partner or family from evil, similar to Django as he tries to free his wife from a slave plantation owner.

Other western films show similar characteristics to Django such as the outfits of the cowboys in the film and the treatment towards black people. Also, small elements such as the bar fights, types of characters are similar as well. For example, Djangos sturn attitude is similar to The Man With No Name in A Fistful Of Dollars (1964)

What type of audience is this film made for? What sort of impact does Quentin Tarantino want on this audience? Why?The films targets a Blaxploitation audience. These types of texts were originally made specifically for an urban black audience, but the genre's audience appeal soon broadened across racial and ethnic lines. However, viewers of the certified age for the film can view this text without being fans of the blaxploitation genre because the implication of historical deafness allows for any viewer to be able to enjoy the aesthetics that make the film appeal to the audience.

The impact that Quentin Tarantino has on the viewer is to show the effects of slavery. Tarantino says "What happened during slavery times is a thousand times worse than [what] I show," he says. "So if I were to show it a thousand times worse, to me, that wouldn't be exploitative, that would just be how it is. If you can't take it, you can't take it. He goes on to say "Now, I wasn't trying to do aSchindler's Listyou-are-there-under-the-barbed-wire-of-Auschwitz. I wanted the film to be more entertaining than that. ... But there's two types of violence in this film: There's the brutal reality that slaves lived under for ... 245 years, and then there's the violence of Django's retribution. And that's movie violence, and that's fun and that's cool, and that's really enjoyable and kind of what you're waiting for."

What types of technology and media are explored in Django Unchained?The text has used technology to portray references that have been taken or influenced by past media texts. See Intertexutal references on the previous slide and on the postmodern slide.

Media themes

Slavery narrative Django began as a slave, slaves shown throughoutGetting what you want Django wanting to free his wife from being a slaveCowboy Django acts and dresses like a cowboy later in the narrativeCapitalist oppression Django and Schultz try to free Broomhilda from Calvin Candie

Discuss the concept of narrative in Django Unchained, does it challenge or reinforce?Fairly linear = shows Django and Schultzs journey through the bounty hunting job to free Broomhilda

Although, the narrative is also non-linear because there are multiple inclusions of flashbacks of Broomhildas capture and visual representation of her pain which does hinder the progression of the narrative.

The narrative in the film reinforces to common conventions in film because the film follows the linear style of narrative to show the journey of Django and Schultz trying to search for and rescue Broomhilda from the plantation. Though the short flashbacks reverse the narrative to allow the audience to learn of Broomhildas past, the narrative is secured by seeing the journey take place and see the result of what happens when she is bought by Schultz.