Magazine article Variety

Jason Reitman on 'Once upon a Time in Hollywood'

Magazine article Variety

Jason Reitman on 'Once upon a Time in Hollywood'

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A city deserves an auteur. A director laureate. New York has Scorsese. Paris has Truffaut. Madrid has Almodovar. I mean, Omaha has Alexander Payne. Los Angeles has Tarantino.

The birth of "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction" and "Jackie Brown" marked more than the arrival of rock 'n' roll cinema. Each film was a picture of L.A. as seen through the windshield of an Angeleno who grew up on freeways and was born from the racks of VHS tapes.

With "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," Tarantino has directed a magnum opus to Hollywood and the dreamers that refuse to wake up. It arrives with the promise of saving us from cinema that puts the soul to sleep. Particularly as we currently question what movies are and where they should be seen, "Once Upon a Time" is a declaration of love to cinema itself.

It is a masterwork that takes time to meet the dolly grip and chums around with the stuntmen. …

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