Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★½

Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood is an affectionate and ironic portrait of Hollywood in the late 1960s, an era of significant change for cinema, pop culture and American society as a whole. Quentin Tarantino recreates with great care and attention to detail this period of generational change, in which both a sense of nostalgia for the past and a tangible uncertainty about the future emerge. The film brings together two parallel stories destined to converge at the end. The first explores the friendship between Rick Dalton, an actor on on his way out, and his stuntman, chauffeur and personal assistant, Cliff Booth, as both struggle to establish themselves in a world that no longer seems to belong to them. The other narrative line concerns Rick's neighbor, Sharon Tate, a promising young actress who represents the rise of a new generation of talent in Hollywood. With the dark shadow of the Manson Family hanging over the story, Once Upon a Time depicts the evolution of the US film industry on the eve of its most heinous crime, a symbol of the loss of innocence of an entire country.

This is the context within which the director moves his pawns, intertwining real celebrities and fictional characters in a revisionist story, overflowing with quotations and references of all kinds. And it is precisely his mastery in merging historical truth with his own alternative narrative that makes the movie a profound reflection on the theme of the double, and in particular on the complex nuances assumed by the dichotomy between reality and fiction. With a surprising ending that turns out to be a touching tribute to life itself, Tarantino celebrates the cathartic and salvific power of cinema, capable of creating new paths and rewriting the past through the power of stories told on the big screen. Under his flawless direction, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt give two of the best performances of respective careers. Their interaction is one of the strengths of the film, while the presence of other talented actors, including Margot Robbie and Al Pacino, contributes to further enrich the vast narrative universe created by the director.

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