Pure Tarantino in Cannes
Twenty-five years to the day after the presentation of “Pulp Fiction” at the Cannes Film Festival, Quentin Tarantino was back on the scene of the crime Tuesday to reveal “Once upon a time in Hollywood” (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ). If the first allowed him to win the Palme d’Or, it would be surprising that the second, a true declaration of love in the cinema and an ode to friendship, get the same recognition even if it is about a Tarantino in its pure state.
No doubt, it was the most anticipated film of the Competition of this 72nd edition. There was electricity in the air for the climb of the stairs while the director of Reservoir Dogs trailed in his wake Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. The photographers could not be anymore, the onlookers were screaming … Furious madness.
It was not much better a few meters away. For the past seven years, I have not remembered seeing such a frenzy for a press view. Some journalists were in line more than two hours before the start of the screening to ensure access to the room. Delirium. Wait at Wednesday’s press conference, it’s going to be hard.
Was it worth it to get into all these states? Once upon a time in Hollywood is the least flamboyant feature film by the American director. His most tender too. And it revives a time when the cinema was king (and where television began to downgrade it in popular culture).
Still, his ambitious black comedy, beautifully filmed, lacks a little air. It must at least give him the credit of having put in image the end of an era, marked by the nightmarish massacres of the band to Charles Manson.
Leonardo DiCaprio, director Quentin Tarantino, Daniela Pick, producers David Heyman and Shannon McIntosh, actress Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and producer Tom Rothman
The story then takes us back to 1969, in Hollywood, where Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), an actor on the decline specializing in the roles of villain, and Cliff Booth (Pitt), his stunt liner and “nanny”, try to put their career back on rails.
Dalton’s neighbor is actress Sharon Tate (Robbie) and director Roman Polanski, not very present – I’d like to know what he thinks about recreating this dark period of his life …
It’s still a good pretext for Tarantino to have fun making fake features: western-spaghetti, war drama, detective film, The Wrecking Crew with Dean Martin and Sharon Tate, even the TV series where Dalton is now confined . The reconstruction is impeccable.
Moreover, on the aesthetic level, the director had fun as a little crazy, using his usual arsenal of camera movements cleverly studied, his voice-over, images saturated with the sun (using film), a soundtrack of hell, returns in the form of vignette … including the one with Bruce Lee, a true moment of anthology. There are also actors of the time who make short appearances.
A lot of fun, therefore, even if the setting up is long – some of them are likely to get out. Once upon a time in Hollywood, it’s a lot less violent than the usual Tarantinos, except in the last moments, including a hysterical horror movie absolutely winking (well, it depends on who, but we’re more parody than anything else) thing).
In fact, the whole movie is a bit off-beat, with a smirk. Nevertheless, the central theme of the feature film is the friendship between the emotional actor and the virile stuntman, two sides of the same coin. DiCaprio and Pitt are like fish in the water and deliver tasty performances. On the other hand, there is very little Margot Robbie. Pity.
We find, in fact, almost everything that makes the charm of Tarantino, even in the tics of staging, including the overabundance of references.
So, will Tarantino be a small circle of double webs? I have big doubts. But he would be a logical candidate for the Director’s Award. Answer Saturday.