Tarantino has proven time and time again that he’s the master of tension.
Here, there’s a certain amount. Schultz builds to Django’s reveal to Hildi with some small talk (albeit in German), before wrapping his knuckle on a bed post three times to signal it’s time for our hero to reveal himself.
In other Tarantino films, this scene could have lasted twice as long.
But it feels like once these two people are in the same space, Quentin, like us, wants them together as quickly as possible.
Still, it feels like it takes an eternity – with the cut to a nervous Django heightening the tension.
But then the door swings open, we hear: “Hey little trouble-maker.” Some water spills, a glass drops and Hildi faints.
Tension, humour, and emotion. QT’s trademarks all at once.