With Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, Quentin Tarantino debuts a fairy tale in Cannes


For a filmmaker often associated with blistering dialogue and ecstatic explosions of violence, One Upon a Time in … Hollywood finds the 56-year-old Tarantino working at a more relaxed pace, spending generous amounts of time in odes to spaghetti Westerns and ’60s TV shows. Pitt plays his stunt double, friend and, because of a drunk driving offense, his driver. 0
Comment(s) Instead of superheroes or intellectual property, “Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood” will instead bank on the draw of Tarantino and his two movie stars. Though set against the backdrop of the Manson Family murders, much of Tarantino’s film is invested in recapturing the radiance of a bygone Hollywood. After Tarantino cut ties with the disgraced mogul, the project attracted the interest of most studios. Margot Robbie also co-stars as Sharon Tate. The film’s two stars, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, brought a fittingly old-school Hollywood glamour to the Cannes red carpet, where throngs of onlookers swelled along the Croisette. Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood will be released in U.S. Advertising

Ahead of the premiere, Tarantino, whose Pulp Fiction won the Palme d’Or in 1994, issued a statement to festival audiences imploring them not to spoil the film for future moviegoers — a request repeated before the film’s press screening. theaters July 26. Much of the plot of Once Upon a Time In … Hollywood had been carefully kept under wraps leading up to the premiere. Journalists lined up hours in advance. Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood is Tarantino’s first movie not being released by Harvey Weinstein. Sony Pictures landed the film and gave it a $95 million budget — a very rare gamble on a high-priced original movie. Advertising

Once Upon a Time In … Hollywood made its much-anticipated debut on Tuesday in Cannes, giving the festival its most concentrated splash of celebrity and frenzy. DiCaprio plays a Westerns actor anxious that his notoriety is slipping.