Quentin Tarantino is not afraid to create controversial movies. His style is hard to pin down – there is not one consistent thing that makes a movie a Tarantino movie. He tends to include depictions of extremely cartoonesque violence, making his movies not to everyone’s taste. Like any true artist, though, he follows his passion and writes and directs movies the way he wants, without caring much about how his films are received by audiences and critics. Tarantino is one of those rare individuals whose work is not only true to himself, but winds up being commercially successful without sacrificing artistic vision. His latest movie, Django Unchained, is his most successful production to date, and also his most controversial.
According to Wikipedia, the movie is Tarantino’s take on the Spaghetti Western genre, but set in the antebellum era of the Deep South and the Old West. The story follows a freed slave (Django) who treks across the United States with a bounty hunter on a mission to rescue his wife from a cruel and charismatic plantation owner. Wikipedia goes on to note that “the movie is the subject of controversy due to its use of racial epithets and depiction of slavery; [but] many reviewers have defended the usage of the language by pointing out the historic context of race and slavery in America.”
We were intrigued to find today’s remarkable listing, this Signed Film Slate from from Django Unchained- Quentin Tarantino -Charity Auction:
The reason this item caught our attention, aside from it featuring prominently on eBay’s Top Shared page, was due to who it was benefiting, a person we hadn’t heard of before: Gudmundur Felix Gretarsson. The listing states that “Gudmundur Felix lost both his arms in an accident 15 years ago,” and that he has been “working towards a double arm transplant surgery and now is on the waiting list to have the first surgery of it’s kind.” Definitely a worthy cause, but how does Django Unchained connect with this individual?
The listing explains that “Gudmundur Felix’s Aunt, Heba Thorisdottir was the head of makeup department on Django Unchained and collected the autographs.”
The autographs included on the slate are from writer/director Quentin Tarantino, and all the stars of the film: Jamie Foxx (Django), Christoph Waltz (Dr. King Schultz), Leonardo DiCaprio (Calvin Candie), Samuel L. Jackson (Stephen), Dennis Christopher (Leonide Moguy), James Remar (Butch Pooch), Walton Goggins (Billy Crash), and Kerry Washington (Broomhilda).
The listing includes this helpful photo of where the actors’ autographs fall on the film slate:
The listing has received a lot of attention, and the current high bid stands at $3,050. In the movie, the character Calvin Candie says to Django and Schultz, “Gentlemen, you had my curiosity. But now you have my attention.” We hope this post has accomplished the same feat and piqued someone’s interest in this one-of-a-kind item and the worthy cause the auction supports.