Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Panned in Cannes, but Tarantino Still Finds (Three) Reasons to Smile

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Panned in Cannes, but Tarantino Still Finds (Three) Reasons to Smile

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QUENTIN TARANTINO may well be the wrong side of 40 but he still shows no sign of growing up.

The American director, once the toast of Cannes, unveiled his latest movie, Death Proof, to the sound of infighting, backstabbing and merely faint applause. The critics were not too impressed by his latest offering either.

At least the 44-year-old got to walk the Cannes red carpet with actresses Zoe Bell, Tracie Thoms and Rosario Dawson

who exact their revenge in Death Proof on the baddie of the piece, Stunt Man Mike, played by a grizzled Kurt Russell.

Tarantino, one-time wunderkind of US independent cinema, may have won the coveted Palme d'Or for his 1994 movie Pulp Fiction but it is highly unlikely he will repeat the trick this year. Death Proof, described by one critic today as "joyous. shameless trash", is in competition but out of sorts.

Death Proof, a homage to the exploitation movies of the Sixties and Seventies, was conceived as a double bill and released in the US as Grindhouse, incorporating another film directed by Robert Rodriguez. …

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