Early Buzz: Weinstein Teases 'The Master', 'Django' Footage in Cannes
by Alex Billington
May 21, 2012
"Django… the D is silent." The best line to end the footage for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. The Weinstein Company decided to hold a private press event this evening at the Cannes Film Festival presenting a first look at never-before-seen footage from three of their highly anticipated upcoming movies. They previewed new footage from Tarantino's Django Unchained as well as Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. All of it looked great, but Django especially looks so badass, and The Master looks incredible, of course.
It's hard to describe all of the different footage, since it was shown just one-after-another. But we saw about 4 minutes of The Master, 3 minutes from Silver Linings Playbook, and 7 minutes of Django Unchained. Harvey Weinstein himself introduced the presentation, telling us he was very proud of the three films from these master filmmakers. It's best to just jump into reactions right away, because honestly all of it looked fantastic. Earlier today, they unveiled the very first teaser trailer for PT Anderson's The Master, and what we saw featured the same eerie Jonny Greenwood score, but with lots of extended footage showing Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams giving awards-worthy performances. I want to see it right now.
Following the presentation, I recorded a quick video blog with my good friend Raffi from The Film Stage talking about our initial reactions. Since Django was the last footage we saw, we were both hyped up on how badass that was (and on some champagne, too). Anyway, here's our quick video blog recap of the event:
The Django Unchained footage featured plenty of amazing Tarantino quirks and perks, and it looks so damn good. Funny, but brilliant. Violent, and bloody, but gorgeously shot. Christoph Waltz looks perfect as the bounty hunter, and Jamie Foxx in particular looks phenomenal. Tarantino looks to be having a lot of fun, yet keeping the focus on characters, there's no question about that. He's balancing a brilliant ensemble cast, but delivering the truly perfect definition of "Tarantino's spaghetti western" and I can't wait for everyone else to get a glimpse of all this footage, too. Foxx's bright blue suit, all the crazy violence, and the dialogue were the highlights, and this was only a first glimpse. Three excellent films coming up to keep a close eye on.
I wish I could talk more and explain all of the footage we saw, but as always with high caliber projects like this, you will want to experience it yourself and enjoy it on your own. We will definitely keep you updated on Django Unchained, The Silver Linings Playbook and The Master, so stay tuned (from Cannes and beyond).