Quentin Tarantino’s ninth movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is premiering this week at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Tarantino is now speaking up to urge those fortunate enough to see it early to keep their lips shut so as to preserve the “journey of discovering a story for the first time.” The movie doesn’t have its public premiere until July.
In a note posted on Twitter, Tarantino said, “I love cinema. You love cinema. It’s the journey of discovering a story for the first time. I’m thrilled to be here in Cannes to share ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” with the festival audience. The cast and crew have worked so hard to create something original, and I only ask that everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way. Thank you.”
— Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (@OnceInHollywood) May 20, 2019
The Cannes Film Festival is a special place for Tarantino. One of his earlier movies, Pulp Fiction, won the show’s Palme d’Or award years ago that helped make Tarantino a big name.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells a Pulp Fiction-style story that features intersecting stories set in Los Angeles during 1969. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Rick Dalton, who is the struggling former star of a Western TV show, while Brad Pitt plays his stunt double Cliff Booth. Rick’s neighbour is Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), who was murdered by the family of Charles Manson (Damon Herriman).
The movie is due in theatres on July 26. It also features Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, James Marsden, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Timothy Olyphant, Lena Dunham, Emile Hirsch, and Dakota Fanning. Bruce Dern came aboard the movie last year to play a part meant for Burt Reynolds who died in September 2018. Luke Perry filmed scenes for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood before his death in March.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood might be one of Tarantino’s final movies. In 2016 he said that he would quit directing after his tenth movie, but it remains to be the seen if this is still the case.