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Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood Captures the Virtues of Late-Sixties America

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood is a transfixing motion picture, perhaps its director’s best film since Jackie Brown. It is also, being a Tarantino film, self-indulgent and adolescent in various ways, and like most of his movies it would be at least 20 percent better with 50 percent less gore. But it has the virtue of interacting with recent, all-too-real American history in a slightly deeper way than his revisionist revenge dramas about killing Nazis and slaveholders interacted with World War II and the antebellum South.  

Already that interaction with the past has generated a

This article appears as “Death of the Sixties” in the August 26, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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