Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Tarantino Film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” Not Screening in Traditional Saturday Finale with Competition Films


On the last day of the Cannes Film Festival– tomorrow– traditionally all the competition films are re-screened so everyone so see them again before the awards ceremony.

Not so for Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The festival says it’s because there are technical problems with the 35mm print. But “OUT” has already screened twice, in two different theatres, on opening night. This doesn’t make sense.

It may be because Tarantino’s team already knows they’re not getting any awards, and are done. Or that Tarantino doesn’t want this version to be seen again after a lot of criticism and some weird questions at his press conference.

But all the other competition films will be shown tomorrow, including Pedro Almodovar’s much loved “Pain and Glory” and Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life.”

The fact is, “OUT” could be shown tomorrow. But something’s up. Tarantino told IndieWire he might recut and make it longer. This came after a big fight at his press conference where the London NY Times correspondent asked why Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate character had so little dialogue.

Tarantino angrily responded, “I reject your hypothesis.” Other journos, all fawning, then denounced the the Times reporter for asking a question! How dare she!

And yet, we’ll see sometime soon if Robbie doesn’t have much dialogue, or if her character is just symbolic. But tomorrow’s non screening must be a disappointment to those who waited around to see it. C’est la vie!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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