On our last day in Cannes, we headed over to the 10:30 pm showing of Rio Bravo, expecting nothing but a simple screening of Howard Hawks's nearly 50-year-old masterpiece.
So it was with no little amount of surprise for the seated viewers when a couple of VIPs showed up, one being none other than Quentin Tarantino, impeccably dressed (cough), who proceeded to give an impassioned introduction to the John Wayne western. (Of course, it is no secret that "Rio Bravo" is one of QT's favorite films…)
Following lots of applause, the Death Proof director sat down in the seat …directly in front of me. The film started, and went on for two glorious hours (with laughter galore after just about each of Stumpy's groans or cackles). Knowing that Tarantino is a comic book/graphic novel fan, at the end of the showing, I handed him a copy of Général Leonardo.