Django Unchained Footage Revealed: Cannes Reaction

Tarantino's 'Southern' looks mighty fine

Cannes was treated to a sneak peak of Quentin Tarantino's tale of an escaped slave seeking both revenge and his stolen wife tonight, and judging by the clips we saw, Django Unchained is going to be... well, off the chain.

Here's 8 things we now know about QT's 'Southern'.

1) It's going to be widescreen stunning

Opening with a beautiful wide desert landscape shot that recalls Leone, we're introduced to a chain-gang of slaves dragging their weary feet over rock and stones, stumbling over their shackles and watched over by their captors on horseback.

Among them is Jamie Foxx's Django - raggedly bearded and wild eyed, clearly in mental torment and seething with rage, as Johnny Cash sings hauntingly over the soundtrack. Mood-wise and lensing-wise (he's shooting anamorphic on 35mm), Tarantino is clearly looking to deliver epic.

2) Christoph Waltz's Dr King Shultz is going to equal Hans Landa

In a night-time woodland scene, we were treated to Waltz's intro to the film - riding through the gloom in a tiny carriage with a bobbing model of a molar on top (he moonlights as a dentist) Schultz stops to introduce his horse (who bows on command) to the chain-gang masters. Impeccably-dressed, the good doctor greets all before expertly filling the bad guys with lead.

He's calm, collected, sardonic and morally ambiguous. Another classic character in the making?

3) It's bloody

Like any good QT flick, Django Unchained promises unflinching fisticuffs. In the footage we saw, Waltz plugs holes in heads and splatter's blood like a good 'un and Foxx's Django is deadly with a bull whip - lashing one fat slave trader to shreds amid the Spanish moss-laden oak trees of a plantation.

4) Leonardo is going bad to the bone

As Calvin Candie, a sadistic slave owner who enjoys making his slaves fight gladiatorial battles at his Candie Land plantation, DiCaprio is oily (in both hair and manner), puffing on his cigarette-holder and leering at Foxx across his opulent salon.

"You had my curiosity," he drawls in a molasses accent while toying with a hammer, "Now you have my attention." Django wants to rescue his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from Candie Land, so what's going to go down?

5) This is the coolest Foxx has ever been

Whether he's rocking leather cowboy duds or a frilly blue valet suit (in a scene where Django is ridiculed by houseslaves for his choice of outfit), Foxx's Django is the epitome of cool, a heat-seeking missile looking for his wife.

Foxx has described Django as "Richard Roundtree meets Clint Eastwood" and watching him ride his fine horse through a town of staring shop-keepers, hat-brim dipped low, we can attest that he's making all the right moves. "My name's Django," he drawls at one point, "the D is silent." What a dude.

6) Don Johnson is channelling the Colonel

Dressed all in dazzling white, with pointy goatee and slow, slow Southern drawl, Don Johnson is all mighty fine manners as a plantation owner Shultz and Django call on. His exchanges with the duo look fun, but we're hoping there's a darkness to Johnson's charming KFC schtick.

7) Schultz and Django are like Butch and Sundance

Bound together in a mutual aim, Schultz teaches Django to shoot by aiming at a snowman and treats the emancipated slave as an equal. From the clips we saw it's clear this relationship grows into a bond that could make it one of cinema's greatest buddy movies. The title may be all about Django, but the dramatic arc is all about the duo.

8) The N word crops up a lot

Tarantino has written a film set in the pre-civil war South and his script reflects all the realities of that. So expect the N-bomb to be dropped everywhere by everyone

Django Unchained opens in the US on 25 December 2012 (and 18 January 2013 in the UK).

Did you catch the Django footage at Cannes? Tell us what you thought!


    • Agent69

      May 21st 2012, 23:59

      "This is the coolest Foxx has ever been" OK you lost me there. Foxx cool? Yea right.

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    • thisgenius

      May 22nd 2012, 6:16

      Can us less fortunate souls have the teaser trailer already, please?

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    • ASmileSoDevious

      May 22nd 2012, 6:41

      Django Unchained opens in the US on 25 December 2012 (and 18 January 2012 in the UK)? Shouldn't that be 18 January 2013 or have we missed it?

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    • Heisenberg

      May 22nd 2012, 7:39

      @ASmile, did you really need to be that sarcastic about it? :-P Will be a good start to 2013 movie wise for me, cant wait for this.

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    • MattMaytum

      May 22nd 2012, 8:32

      @ASmile, it was wishful thinking!

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    • Hadouken76

      May 22nd 2012, 9:28

      'Candie land'? Seriously?

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    • shaunrb

      May 22nd 2012, 10:41

      That's left me thirsty for more.

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    • Devilangeldude

      May 22nd 2012, 10:44

      You forgot the other Tarantino trade mark - whose feet are we going to be paying close attention to this time? Surely Jamie Fox - urrrrgggghhh! But i love you Tarantino.

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    • Devilangeldude

      May 22nd 2012, 10:44

      Of course i meant to say 'surely not'

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    • nkutzler

      May 22nd 2012, 13:58

      There's too much scene information in this considering none of us (or few) got to see the footage. And by the way, @Agent69, you'd better be joking. Well, with your name, I don't think I'll listen to you anyway

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    • FBCQing

      May 23rd 2012, 7:01

      "Leonardo is going bad to the bone" Holy c**p!

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    • FBTCraig

      May 23rd 2012, 7:53

      A short teaser trailer's been released: Effin' badass! Damn, I'd have loved seeing the whole 7 minutes... I can't wait!

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    • GarthMarenghi

      May 23rd 2012, 14:11

      As the dubiously-named crazyrapeguy says, that looks like a fan-made teaser using footage from other movies and the few stills that have been released for QT's latest rather than a real trailer, I'm afraid, KingofCinema. So don't judge it based on that.

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    • MoodyMonkey

      May 23rd 2012, 14:33

      Just guessing but its likely The KingOf Cinema/Dalidab/Mr Big Dab/Dabion had at one point the alias 'crazyfilmguy' and this was the appropriate response? makes me laugh anyway...

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    • GarthMarenghi

      May 23rd 2012, 15:29

      Ah ha. That explains it! My apologies...

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    • MoodyMonkey

      May 23rd 2012, 17:53

      make me troll :)

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    • GarthMarenghi

      May 24th 2012, 0:50

      Calm down, KingofCinema, no need to get so excitable. I find you very amusing. As to how you could deduce that the trailer was fake, it's quite simple. Do the same thing I did - I used my eyes to watch it and then my brain to work out that it was fake and s**t. Or a 'fan-made celebration' if you prefer. I'm sure we'll get a real teaser trailer soon.

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    • Jsilver

      May 25th 2012, 13:16

      Grammar, the mortal enemy, strikes again.

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    • ChrisWootton

      May 26th 2012, 14:09


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    • MoodyMonkey

      May 26th 2012, 19:12

      I knew it! Dalidab is a spambot! a self aware (ish) spambot that has broken free Short Circuit style, except with swear words and even less funny.

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