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Alicia’s Cannes Diary No.2 – Django Unchained, The Master, Amour and News!

“Django Unchained” Footage

The Weinstein Company unveiled their line-up to the Cannes crowd this morning, with “Django Unchained” the talk of the auditorium.

Here’s what some of my colleagues are saying about the footage previewed :

“The first look at Django began with a chain gang of slaves trudging through a Western landscape. Christoph Waltz, looking as if he turns in a performance even more baroque than the one that won him a best supporting Oscar for Inglourious Basterds, appears as a travelling dentist, who is actually a bounty hunter. He arranges for one of the slaves, Jamie Foxx, to be freed, and together they strike a pact to kill three brothers and free Django’s wife, played by Kerry Washington. And, oh yes, there were also scenes featuring Leonardo DiCaprio as a self-amused, cigar-wielding plantation owner” – THR

“Weinstein Co. is selling this as a bang-up western, packed with physical comedy and bloody action and hell-bent revenge. And yes, it looks like a classic widescreen Sergio Leone western, even if the setting is New Orleans and Mississippi two years before the Civil War. (The music on the trailer ranged from classic Johnny Cash to James Brown. No Ennio Morricone here. As yet.)… Tarantino is taking the revenge western to a whole new level as the two bounty hunters [Dr. Schultz and Django, played by Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx] shoot their way through the unsuspecting South. It looks like the first Leone-esque section of “Inglourious Basterds,” and it’s about fighting injustice, except that this time it’s not Brad Pitt against the Nazis in World War II–it’s an angry black man getting his own back from racist white southerners before the Civil War” – IndieWire

“I’d say overall we saw about 4 or 5 minutes of Django Unchained and I gotta tell you… I wasn’t anticipating the amount of humor in the movie… Much like Inglourious Basterds before it, I painted a different picture in my mind, in this case a sweaty southern gothic story. But once Christoph Waltz shows up in his carriage with a giant tooth bouncing back and forth from the roof trying to negotiate a deal with a slave driver I began to get the tone… Again, this thing just looks like a ton of fun and while I was already excited for the movie I’m now officially giddy. All the location work makes the film look huge, Foxx is at the top of his game it appears, Waltz is loveable, funny and dangerous all at once and it just feels like everybody is having a blast.” – AICN

“Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be having the time of his life dropping N-bombs and smiling rotted teeth as plantation owner Calvin Candie, whom freed slave Jamie Foxx and bounty hunter Christoph Waltz must defeat in order to save Foxx’s wife Kerry Washington. You’ll get a periwinkle-suited Foxx shooting lumpy blood chunks out of racist hicks (and an innocent snowman in one scene), and you’ll laugh! You’ll get Don Johnson dressed as Colonel Sanders! And you’ll get an instant catchphrase from a cooly underplaying Foxx, when he’s asked his name: “Django. The D is silent.” – Vulture

And Total Film has a nice blow-by-blow description of the footage here

“The Master” Footage

Harder to tell what Paul Thomas Anderson is aiming for here, but nonetheless it’s sure to be brilliant. Lots of tense interchange between leads Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.

Film’s I’ve Seen
The Angels Share : “Ken Loach’s ‘The Angels’ Share’ is a lot of fun. Just bloody enjoyable! (said in Scottish accent) The characters are written so well”
Amour : “‘Amour’ is not violent like Haneke’s ‘Funny Games’, but because its about something so real, I’m just as haunted by it…a beautiful & sad look at old age & death. The long 1-shot takes force you to also experience the pain. So powerful in it’s simplicity. And uncomfortable on purpose. An amazing director!


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