Cannes has gone mad for Quentin Tarantino today, with the competition premiere of his “Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood,” a film that had industry types and every manner of hanger-on without sufficient accreditation pleading, bribing and crawling for a way to get in. It happens every year, with one hot-buzz film becoming the focus of insane frenzy that clogs the streets and causes a near riot before one image even hits the screen.
This nostalgic genre buffet brings a payload of stars to the red carpet, the Cannes stock in trade. They include Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino, Margot Robbie, and many more. Tarantino won the Palme d’Or here in 1994 for “Pulp Fiction.” If this year’s jury catches the fever, he may be joining the two-timers club.
The hype in the 31-page press kit for “Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood” boasts that this time around the director is “dealing with mature issues of unfulfilled expectations.” Oh yeah, sure. Fortunately for us, it’s not true. Love it or hate it, we get a whole lot of pure Tarantino, with a heaping helping of his wickedly juvenile sense of humor in service of his own unique wishful thinking take on Sixties Hollywood history.