The latest trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming spaghetti western/blaxploitation homage Django Unchained provides some tantalizing new glimpses of the film’s supporting characters and a few more examples of the director’s hyper-referential sensibility. We’re still a couple months away from the film’s Christmas Day release — what better time to spend an afternoon dissecting individual trailer frames? Warning: Silent movies and Miami Vice will be discussed!
Tarantino has name-checked Sergio Corbucci as a major influence on Django Unchained. The influence is right there in the title: Corbucci’s brutal-cartoon western Django inspired hundreds of rip-offs in the go-go era of the Italian western. But early scenes of the trailer take place in a snowy climate that recalls Corbucci’s lesser-known The Great Silence, a bleak masterwork starring Klaus Kinski as a crazed Mormon-hunter.