The Untold Truth Of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it got a "six-minute standing ovation." Here's the story behind Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Quentin Tarantino has said that all his movies are very personal, and in 2019 he described Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as, quote, "probably [his] most personal" film. The year in which it's set, 1969, holds special significance. He explained to Esquire:

"I think of it like my memory piece. Alfonso [Cuarón] had Roma and Mexico City, 1970. I had L. A. and 1969. This is me. This is the year that formed me. I was six years old then. This is my world. And this is my love letter to L.A."

Tarantino also explained how his childhood affected his filmmaking in an interview with the Telegraph:

"As a child, my mom took me to the movies all the time. It was cheaper than getting a babysitter."

He watched violent, R-rated films like Deliverance, which co-starred Burt Reynolds, who was cast in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood before he passed away.

Vintage News noted that the movie's title is also biographically relevant. It alludes to Once Upon a Time in the West and Once Upon a Time in America, films directed by Sergio Leone, who had a huge impact on Tarantino.

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