Film review: Once upon a Time… in Hollywood (Director: Quentin Tarantino)
By Sascha Krieger
One could say that Hollywood is at a crossroads again. Streaming services are changing the way films are produced, distributed and watched, the #MeToo movement is challenging the patriarchal system the film industry has always been. Quentin Tarantino has been a product of Hollywood#s latest phase, the advent of independent cinema, progressive, daring, with blockbuster potential – and driven by figures like Harvey Weinstein, the kingpin of the #MeToo outcry, the symbol of Hollywood’s sexual abuse epidemic. His first film after Weinstein’s fall dives into another time in which Hollywood was in crisis: the late 1960s when the old studio system and its output of gender role confirming and hero fare was challenged by a seismic shift in societal values and the advent of non-conforming, wild, rebellious „New Hollywood“. While conceived still with Weinstein at the helm, Once upon a Time… in Hollywood is hard not to be read as a reflection on the role of film in a changing society – and a celebration of its stubborn perseverence.