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Bloggers claim Quentin Tarantino film was halted over full-frontal male nudity as authorities blame technical hitch for stoppage

Chinese authorities have cancelled screenings of Django Unchained on the morning of its release, despite weeks of publicity for the blockbuster spaghetti western.

Media authorities claimed the Quentin Tarantino film, scheduled for release on Thursday, had been postponed for "technical reasons", but unofficial news websites reported that the real reason was a scene showing full-frontal male nudity.

"Django screenings have been postponed and we can't guarantee when they will be resumed," said a woman at the Sanlitun Megabox theatre in Beijing.

According to a widely circulated post on the Sina Weibo social media site, the cinema's first showing of the film had been under way for about one minute when management pulled the plug.

"After watching it for about a minute, it stopped!" said microblogger Xue Yi Dao. "Staff then came in »

- Jonathan Kaiman

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