The filmmaker is stepping on some black folk toes, talking about the community favorite ‘slave’ movie, “Roots.”
Now that he’s an expert slave film filmmaker, he’s got to come down on misplaced historical sketches like “Roots.”
He says nothing was true about it.
“Hollywood didn’t want to deal with it because it was too ugly and too messy,” Tarantino recently told The Daily Beast. “But how can you ignore such a huge part of American history when telling a story in that time period? It made no sense. When you look at ‘Roots,’ nothing about it rings true in the storytelling, and none of the performances ring true for me either…I couldn’t get over how oversimplified they made everything about that time. It didn’t move me because it claimed to be something it wasn’t.”
“Roots,” based on Alex Haley’s novel, was criticized in the past for its inconsistencies and lack of historical truth.
However, the TV mini-series served as a reminder to the American people that slavery did indeed happen and the stories told through the production reflected the collective history of a people oppressed.
Read more at the Daily Beast.