Once Upon a Time in Hollywood review: Tarantino's ode to pre-Manson LA is pure movie-world intoxication

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Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Dir: Quentin Tarantino; Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Margaret Qualley, Dakota Fanning, Austin Butler, Mike Moh, Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern. 18 cert, 161 mins

Halfway through Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Sharon Tate goes to the cinema to see…well, herself. The scene is a perfect little nested doll of looking and playing: sitting in a half-dark auditorium, we watch Margot Robbie in the role of Tate, as she sits and watches the real Tate in the role of Freya Carlson, the gawky-sexy sidekick in the Dean Martin spy spoof The Wrecking Crew.

That film is mainly remembered today as the last of Tate’s to be released before her death aged 26, on...

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