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Bang-bang-bang, spatter-spatter-spatter goes Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. At least no horses were harmed

One of my favourite Gary Larson cartoons shows an audience of ketchup bottles sitting in a cinema watching a film that, naturally, stars bottles of ketchup. It seems to be a violent kind of film. On screen, one bottle lies smashed and bleeding red pulp all over the street, while another looks on, numb with horror. "Don't worry, Jimmy," a big ketchup bottle in the audience is telling a smaller one, possibly his son, "they're just actors – and that's not real ketchup."

The original version of this advice is worth heeding if, as a human being, you are watching other human beings in a film directed by Quentin Tarantino. Bullets rip into flesh, which flies out in messy chunks as blood spatters walls and falls like crimson rain on nicely arranged white flowers – on and on it goes, »

- Ian Jack

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