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Quentin Tarantino shocks Cannes again with epic 'Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood'

CANNES, France - The day before the Cannes premiere of "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," his hotly anticipated movie set in Los Angeles during the tumultuous events of 1969, Quentin Tarantino published an open letter online. He addressed it to audiences at the festival, opening with the words "I love Cinema," which may be the most redundant thing this movie-mad auteur has ever written (and given his endless, self-admiring flurries of dialogue, that is saying something). The letter then implored us not to reveal "anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way."

A version of this entreaty was repeated from the stage by a festival representative shortly before the picture screened Tuesday for members of the press, some of whom booed and snorted in response. I didn't join in. Even as someone who believes that excessive

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