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Quentin Tarantino’s Film Editor For Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood Reveals The Scenes He Had To Cut

Clocking in at two hours and forty-one minutes, Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood fits the standard time length for a Quentin Tarantino film. Inglorious Basterds clocks in at two hours and thirty-three minutes, Django Unchained is two hours and forty-five minutes, and The Hateful Eight hits nearly two hours and fifty minutes. Long, detailed, dialogue-driven epics are common for Tarantino. However, in the case of Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, the amount of footage cut from the film nearly equals the film’s finished product.

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In an interview with The Hollywood ReporterOnce Upon A Time… In Hollywood film editor Fred Raskin chatted about how the original cut of the film was a staggering four and a half hours long, and how it was his job to trim it down extensively while not affecting the story. Thankfully, he had Tarantino by his side to protect the narrative of the story he wanted to tell.

He explained how there was quite a bit cut out between DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton and young Julia Butters’ Trudi. “When she tells him how terrific he was, that really means the world to him … All he wants is the approval of this 8-year-old girl. She has such high standards. The truth is, the additional scenes featuring her were kind of repeat beats.” He also explained how much was cut between Dalton and agent Marvin Schwarz, who was played by Al Pacino. He used the tactic of editing in scenes of Dalton’s films during the conversation to speed things up:

“My [first] assembly was in the realm of 28 minutes. It covered a lot of ground… Not only did I get to cut this dialogue sequence between arguably the two best actors of their respective generations, but I got to do a war movie, I got to do a Western. Getting to play around with these different genres in the space of what is ultimately a 10-minute scene was a tremendous amount of fun.”

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood is now available for digital download and on Blu-Ray.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

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