Eight Things You Should Know About Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Book


When Quentin Tarantino writes his film, he tends to stick to the kind of details that may never reach the screen, fleshing out the detailed backstory of the tertiary character, and sometimes drafting it. The whole script In the case of a fictitious television program that exists in the movie world.His latest movie, 2019 Once upon a time in HollywoodShowcased part of its script, repeatedly deviating from the narration summary of the protagonist Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio)’s acting career, and of Rick’s filmography with iMDb-like specificity Track the arc. Hollywood Is a hearty hangout movie set in a repeating fairy tale that Tarantino of Los Angeles grew up in. The director spends his time exploring every corner of it, from bromance to cars to cinemas. Still, the movie hints at the entire iceberg of the character’s backstory, and underneath it revised Hollywood history, so Tarantino finds an excuse to hang out with Rick and his best friend Cliff (Brad Pitt) on his behalf. Was just a matter of time) A little longer.

Tarantino’s first novel, branded to look like a 1970s mass market paperback — this edition Once upon a time in Hollywood — Tell the same basic story as the movie, expanding in all directions. It leaves room for a new inside story, allowing him to juxtapose Rick and Cliff’s adventures against the dark corners of real Hollywood history and jump through the historic rabbit holes of both the real and the invention. .. Tarantino is Tarantino, and he also takes advantage of the opportunity to revisit some of the more provocative moments of the film and further suggest his alleged fetish. Below are eight points from the book available on June 29th.

[Ed. note: Spoilers ahead for both the book and film version of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.]

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1. The book is a movie remix

Before OUATIH Arriving in 2019, the question of how Tarantino handles the historical aspects of his historical drama became a major issue in the release of the film. Given his love for exploitation films, did he have the opportunity to tell the story of Charles Manson’s murder with respect and sensibility? And how does he portray Sharon Tate? The movie toys with that horror, counting down towards the night of the murder, then pulling out the rug from under the crowd and killing the hippie invaded by Rick and Cliff, leading to a madness of delight. Movie fans have already ruined that twist, so the book removes it early on, and Rick’s hippie-burning battle with Manson’s followers makes him like a hero in Nixon’s “Silent Majority.” It is explained that it was done at the midnight talk show circuit.

Elsewhere, Tarantino has a solid grasp of how and where to convert different sequences into pages.For example, Cliff’s visit to Spawn Ranch is pretty much the same, but the western television show scene Lancer Written in the style of a Western novel of pulp that Rick reads as a set, it is randomly scattered throughout the book.

2. Pulp fiction (sorry)

The cover of the novelization of Quentin Tarantino's 2019 movie

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Tarantino adapted Elmore Leonard Lamb punch In his third movie, Jackie BrownAnd Leonard’s influence is also very close to his rest of the work. Taking over Leonard’s prose, the novel’s third-party narration is targeted, often mimicking the character’s vulgar, pseudo-retro-speaking style. (This sometimes causes cheerful over-the-top crunkers. Example: “I didn’t dig a cliff. Suddenly like a flame, Because he didn’t dig a chick. And it’s a kind of movie. If you don’t dig a chick, you’re not going to dig a flick. “)

3. Cliff booth, mass slaughterer?

Tarantino did most of it. He almost gave the world the hottest and most likable character of Brad Pitt — love his dog, unnecessarily take off his shirt to do handicrafts, and make his uneasy friend happy. Everyone in blue collar who wants nothing but to do. Cliff is all of them, but he’s also a rumored wife killer, an ambiguity that the book is willing to omit, revealing that Cliff actually shot his wife with a speargun.

Overall, the book doesn’t care much more about whether the audience likes cliffs than the movie.Tarantino’s book turned him into an invincible murderer, defeated dozens of enemy soldiers in World War II, won two medals of courage, and made a movie (actual Paul Wendkos movie). Battle of the Coral Sea). Cliff also ridiculed the woman, and his car ride with the underage Manson Family member Pussycat was presented as a real temptation rather than a movie, and Cliff pays particular attention — what else do you have? — The size of her feet.

4. Brandy, dog fighting champion

Tarantino explains that when the stuntman first bought Brandy into the Pitbull, he had her in a dogfight, as if released by the media to mess up Cliff’s backstory as much as possible. In battle. Cliff later proves that he is still the same softy from the movie.After Brandy was injured, he refused to enter her in another battle, and he murder A companion who deliberately puts her in a losing battle and proposes to bet on another dog.

5. History lesson

As with movies, one of the best tricks in this book is to use Tarantino’s knowledge of film history to create Rick Dalton’s plausible, insanely detailed career arc. The invented history is impressive, but the book contains real Hollywood history, including the story of producer Walter Wanger, who suspected his wife and actress Joan Bennett was sleeping with her. Agent contains a wealth of weird anecdotes than fiction from. Wanger shot an agent in the groin, complained of temporary madness, was sentenced to four months in prison, and returned to making a famous movie like 1963. Cleopatra.. Some of the history is unnecessary for the story of the book, but much of it (including a long digression about Charles Manson) is far more ridiculous than the fictional story of real Hollywood history bouncing in Tarantino’s head. Prove that it is.

6. Movie hot take

Early in the book, Tarantino devoted the entire chapter to Cliff’s movie-watching habits. It consists of weekly viewing of the latest art houses from around the world.As a war veteran who witnessed extremes Mankind’s Cliff has little patience in American films without ideas and especially likes Akira Kurosawa’s films. (The book also lists the top five of his Kurosawa films.) This chapter may ask if Tarantino is using Cliff as a mouthpiece to fire a hot take.Only early Fellini is good, Truffaut is boring, Antonioni is “a scam.” It’s the most extravagant chapter of the novel, and you can probably get a glimpse of Tarantino’s early days. Next book: Cinema speculation, Non-fiction “details” to 70’s movies.

Toldi (Julia Butters) whispers to Rick's ear after a successful shot of Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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7. It’s still personal

From time to time, the book can be read as Tarantino takes off his children’s gloves just for it and leans on his basic impulses as a storyteller, because who is going to stop him? It is sometimes scanned as ironic — for example, the brutal portrayal of the book Cliff killing his wife feels designed to test the reader’s love for the character. Thankfully, Tarantino also knows when to return to the warmth and nostalgia at the heart of the film.He finishes the book with a late-night telephone conversation between Rick and his 8-year-old man Lancer Trudy Fraser, a co-star who doubles as a tearful ode to Hollywood magic. (The scene was cut from the movie, Recent trailer for the book You can get a glimpse of it. )

Tarantino also wrote himself in the book, becoming an Academy Award-nominated actress, and in a remake of John Sayles’ scriptwriter Tarantino, as if to repeat how personal the film was to him. Revealed to receive a third nod 1979s Lady in red.. More notably, the filmmaker probably included his own stepfather, Curt Zastoupil, as a late-coming character. Zastoupil, a bar musician who partially acknowledges Tarantino’s early love for the film, captivates Rick in his book by playing some of his son’s favorite songs. Instead, Rick signs a cocktail napkin and addresses it to “Quentin.” It’s a bravely personal passage, a kind of sentimental note that ultimately prevents the book from drifting too far from the warmth that holds the movie in place.

8. Can Tarantino write a novel?

Tarantino is one of his many acts of self-mythologization, He retires from filmmaking after making 10 films.. (He counts OUATIH If that turns out to be true, novelization gives a glimpse of his future as a creative working on a small scale and counts contributions that extend his existing work without requesting an event. The status of Tarantino movies offered once a year. Like most of his work, this book is most valued as a fusion of Highbrow and Loebrow culture. Its crude prose follows the sometimes sneaky characters throughout the landscape, from Kurosawa to Tom Jones’s “What’s New Pussycat?”

The book is not completely independent in itself, but it is part of the point. Tarantino wants readers to imagine it like any other movie novel that he whimsically bought from a rotating shelf at Seven-Eleven in 1978. His achievements go beyond those ambitions, especially at the moment it regains the infectious emotions of the film. Mileage can vary depending on some of the more shocking revelations about the movie’s beloved character, but the low stakes nature of the book provides its own response: who cares? It’s just a novel.