Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

A Special Report

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Quentin Tarantino
'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' presentation, Arrivals, CinemaCon, Las Vegas, USA - 23 Apr 2018
Sony Pictures Entertainment presentation


Since his debut at Sundance over 26 years ago, Tarantino movies have become synonymous with three things:

Gorgeous violence - I mean, has anyone honestly forgotten about the black and white Uma Thurman vs The Crazy 88’s fight sequence from “Kill Bill”? He even went ahead and released a Director’s Cut of “Hateful Eight” on retrograde 70MM film that I had the immense pleasure of tracking down on a limited projection run. Wow. This man can make a scene where someone gets beat to death with a baseball bat something beautiful to behold.

Resplendent dialogue - a knack that’s earned Quentin 2 Oscars for Best Original Screenplay. Flawlessly weaving a tapestry of tension between the words left unsaid, the use of wide angles followed by the switch to a heavy close up frequently found in the Opening Sequence from “Inglorious Basterds”. That’s a bingo!

And of course, an ensemble cast made up of an eclectic band of regulars. With characters even sprawling across multiple films that exist together within the Tarantino-verse.

With production of his 9th film finally underway “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, due out 2019, is already shaping up to be one of the most anticipated. The cast includes some big names: Dicaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Damien Lewis, Emile Hirsch, Burt Reynolds and marks his first collaboration with Al Pacino.

The plot follows TV Western star Rick Dalton (Dicaprio) and his stunt double (Pitt) as they seek to reclaim screen time glory during Hollywood’s late 60’s hippie era. The twist - Rick’s neighbor is the alluring, late Sharon Tate (the then wife of “Rosemary’s Baby” director Roman Polanski) who was murdered by Charles Manson’s followers. It’s unclear how the movie will unfold, with newcomers like Pacino added just this month. Dakota Fanning is set to play one of Manson’s family members Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, who later went on to attempt an assassination on President Gerald Ford in 1975. She was incarcerated for 34 years until paroled in 2009.

The release date is set for August 9th, 2019 - 50 years to the date since the murders occurred and will be shot on 65MM film. I just want to know if Samuel L. Jackson is going to be playing Manson.

1 thought on “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

  1. I concur on QT’s appeal and cinematic longevity – his films are well-cobbled yet reconstructed vignettes of past films that he (and we) have grown up on and his valentines to the genres are for the vaults.
    This is arguably his most original film idea in years (to wit: many of his others are like greatest hits by cover bands) and a big gamble too (will it be his swan song? Stay tuned)

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