Film Appreciation Analysis
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django is a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles - dead or alive. Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South's most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda, the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie, the owner of "Candyland," an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed to battle each other for sport. Schultz arranges a meeting to buy slaves from Candie in which he will pick Broomhilda and save her. Candie's house servant becomes suspicious that Django and Broomhilda know each other, and that the exchange is so she can be freed. Candie proceeds anyway. Right when the deal was to be signed, Schultz shoots Candie through the heart. Schultz then gets killed by Candie's back up. Django must fight his way out of Candie's house and save his wife.
The scene I want to focus on and dissect is the part where Schultz kills Calvin Candie. This scene is considered to be the climax of the film as two of the main characters are shot dead resulting into a much larger shootout between Django and the plantation workers. The scene begins with Schultz reluctantly signing a bill of purchase after his plan to steal Broomhilda was foiled. Tension is filled throughout the scene and it begins with an extreme close-up shot over the shoulder of Calvin Candie as he signs the bill of purchase and classical harp music plays in the background. The camera then cuts to a two shot of Django and Broomhilda holding each other with slight grins as they watch Candie sign the papers. We then see one of Candie’s henchman cutting a piece of white cake while still grasping his pistol for security. The camera pans with the henchman as he walks, cake in one hand and...