Quentin Tarantino does his show

September 13, 2021 by archyde

The filmmaker defended his first novel on September 2 on the stage of the Alexandra Palace Theater in London. We were there.

He barely set foot on stage when he already receives a standing ovation. At the Alexandra Palace Theater in London this Thursday, September 2, Quentin Tarantino was cheered by 900 people who attended his conversation with journalist and film critic Kim Newman. But they will hardly discuss cinema tonight. Because Tarantino is there to talk about the first novel he has just published: a novelization of his latest film, “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”. A genre not widely used in France but quite popular in English-speaking countries. The director is totally a fan of it.

A deeper exploration of Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio’s characters’ past

Several times during the evening, the congregation had no idea what Tarantino was talking about, but seeing him describe literary works from the 1990s that no one knows is fascinating. For almost two and a half hours, Tarantino put on the show in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere, placing a “fuck” every other sentence. “This book is not the third act of my film,” specifies this enthusiast of the Hollywood golden age of the 1960s; a novelization is a chance for the writers to share their original version of the story. And I didn’t just transcribe the cut scenes. The work, released in France in August, is a Tarantino fan’s dream: an exciting dive into the universe of his vision of Hollywood at the time, a deeper exploration of the past of the characters played by Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. “Look, everyone knows ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’ didn’t have a script, he admits, the script was just hanging out with Cliff, Rick and Sharon Tate, I admit! With this book, I go further. “

Also read.Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – the review of Quentin Tarantino’s nostalgic masterpiece

The evening ended with a reading from Tarantino himself of a chapter of the novel. Completely inhabited by his story, the young novelist transformed the event into a hilarious theater scene. What make you want to see an adaptation to the cinema! 

“Once upon a time in Hollywood”, by Quentin Tarantino, ed. Fayard, 416 pages, 23 euros.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my