Do it is advisable to know the historical past of the Manson household and Sharon Tate’s homicide to totally admire Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”? That’s one query on our newest “Low Key” podcast, which you’ll take a look at in your favourite podcast platform or proper right here:
Every week on “Low Key,” Aaron Lanton, Keith Dennie and I discuss popular culture moments we predict others might have missed. This week is particular, as a result of “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” is extensive open to interpretation.
I consider myself as somebody who is aware of so much in regards to the Manson killings. I’ve learn so much in regards to the night time the Manson household killed Sharon Tate, her unborn little one, and her associates at her residence on Cielo Drive, 50 years in the past this month.
But Aaron and Keith weren’t very within the case previous to Tarantino’s movie — and didn’t know the Manson household dedicated the murders.
That means I had a really totally different expertise with “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” than Keith and Aaron did. I saved anticipating one thing to occur… they usually didn’t.
So: Does the film work if you happen to don’t know the historical past of Sharon Tate and the Manson household?
And does it work if you happen to do know the historical past of Sharon Tate and the Manson household?
If you’re a child boomer, it’s possible you’ll want you didn’t bear in mind the darkish summer time of 1969, when the Manson murders terrorized Los Angeles. But tens of millions of individuals — together with my podcast co-hosts and I — weren’t round but. And whereas numerous folks actively search out particulars about outdated murders, numerous different folks actively keep away from them.
Aaron intentionally prevented studying something about “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” as a result of he didn’t need any advance data that may spoil the movie. Keith wasn’t particularly within the film earlier than Aaron and I requested him to see it, solely for the sake of our podcast.
This episode, we additionally discuss my unique interview earlier this week with Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter, in regards to the display screen legend’s portrayal within the movie. Shannon Lee says she understood the movie was meant as a revenge fantasy, however felt, as she watched, as if her father was handled disrespectfully for laughs.
And we additionally discuss whether or not we should always consider something within the movie that occurs from the P.O.V. of Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Did he misremember his encounter with Bruce Lee? Did he misremember his encounter with the Manson youngsters?
Needless to say, there’s so much to interrupt down this episode as we attempt to perceive “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.”
Here are a number of the factors we focus on, and once we focus on them, with time stamps:
2:21: What it’s like to observe “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” if you happen to don’t know the real-life particulars of how Sharon Tate and her associates had been killed.
3:07: “This is the opposite of a horror movie.”
5:25: “I don’t think it’s one of his best films. I wouldn’t watch it again.”
7:05: Here are three totally different interpretations of the movie.
7:30: Is the entire movie an assault on “Social-Media Justice Warriors”? (Thanks for that phrase, Neal Brennan.)
10:15: How important is LSD to this film?
14:48: Does Amy Nicholson’s new podcast, “Quentin Tarantino’s Feature Presentation,” include an enormous clue about how one can interpret “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”?
16:42: “Keith, let me ask you… how many black people are in this film?”
17:19: “There was a point in time… I forgot that it was a Tarantino movie.”
19:25: Let’s discuss the entire spouse factor.
21:25: Why Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) is form of a “nightmare figure.”
22:17: We record the Tarantino characters who aren’t fairly horrible folks
24:50: Let’s focus on Shannon Lee’s criticisms of her father’s…
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