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Critics React to 7 Minutes of ‘Django Unchained’ at Cannes

Critics React to 7 Minutes of 'Django Unchained' at Cannes

There’s two parts to the Cannes Film Festival: the show and the showmanship. While the biggest art films in the world are getting vetted by the press and the festivalgoing public in the main competition, producers and distributors from all around the world get together to hock their wares in the market. A short while ago, The Weinstein Company held an event to promote their upcoming fall lineup, premering footage from Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” David O. Russell’s “The Silver Linings Playbook,” and, of course, Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”

I’ve made my feelings about reviewing trailers quite clear in the past, but as the great Robert Warshow once said, “A man goes to the movies. The critic must be honest enough to admit that he is that man.” As a man, this critic must admit he is feverishly excited about Tarantino’s “Django,” and as such, he greedily consumed any Twitter reactions he could find from the Cannes press corps. And because I suspect there are more men (or women) out there like me, I’ve compiled them all here for you. More to come.

Drew McWeeny, HitFix:

“OMFG, ‘Django Unchained’ looks so good. SO GOOD. #Cannes”

Jake Howell, Movie City News:

“Just saw trailer for ‘Django ‘the D is silent’ ‘Unchained.’ Mind successfully blown.”

Eric Vespe, Ain’t It Cool:

“Holy shit, ‘Django Unchained’ looks ridiculously fun. FRANCO NERO!!! That’s all I’ll say here. Write-up coming soon.”

James Rocchi, MSN Movies:

“Just saw trailers for ‘The Master,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ & ‘Django Unchained.’ Again, like guessing college grades from an ultrasound…”

Brad Brevet, Rope of Silicon:

“Most intrigued by ‘The Master’ footage, ‘Django Unchained’ ext. trailer seemed safe but solid & ‘Silver Linings’ seemed rather pedestrian.”

Raffi Asdourian, The Film Stage:

“‘Django Unchained’ looks f’n badass… 7 minute trailer ending with Jamie Foxx shooting his pistol to James Brown ‘Payback’ ‘The D is Silent'”

Alex Billington, First Showing:

“‘Django… the D is silent.’ Ha oh man ‘Django Unchained’ footage looks so unbelievably badass. I love Tarantino! Saw a good 7 mins – awesome!”

Anne Thompson, Indiewire:

“Weinstein show & tell in #cannes of footage from ‘The Master, “Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘Django Unchained’ wowed media crowd. All tricky!”

Empire Magazine:

“Harvey Weinstein just presented 7 mins of ‘Django Unchained.’ Looks ace. We’re tipping Fritz the nodding horse to be a breakout star. #Cannes”


“‘Django’ gets the most whoops. Plenty of blood, plenty of laughs. Looks like it will be the Cristophe Waltz show. ‘The D is silent.’ #Cannes”

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