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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: if this is Tarantino’s swansong, it’s a beautiful note to go out on

Set at a time when the breezy irresponsibility of the 60s was about to morph into something darker, Tarantino’s latest film manages to capture something that his previous projects did not

By Lucinda Smyth  

Photo: Valery Sharifulin/Tass/PA Images

A very young actress, with braids in her hair and a massive tome on her lap, is sat reading on set when the ageing cowboy movie star Rick Dalton strolls past. Rick is having a bad day. His management have made him wear his hair longer, after the style of those slubby hippies he hates, and they’ve put him in a casual tan jacket with tassels. He feels increasingly like he doesn’t fit into the cultural environment anymore. His twee western approach isn’t pulling in…

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