All photos by Brian Donnelly, Tom Holland, Bruce Duff, Mike Guerena, Howie Pyro and Simone Snaith. Used with permission.
Angelenos are pretty jaded about movie making. We grew up with fake chase scenes and lighting crews blocking the streets. Most of us have even worked as extras when times were tough. But this week, social media is abuzz with news of Quentin Tarantino’s new flick, “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.”
The film, which centers on an actor and his stuntman during the era of the Manson murders, has been re-creating the Hollywood of the late 60s in its full splendor, right on Hollywood Boulevard. People are thrilling at the return of The Pussycat Theater, the bitchin’ cars, the old signs and recreated storefronts, all inhabited by extras wandering around in period costume. Tarantino has even lit up the Musso And Frank Grill sign, to everyone’s delight.
Sometimes filmmakers are obnoxious, chasing the locals off of their own street, but these shots are welcoming photos and video as long as nobody touches anything, especially the cars. That’s not only really cool, but makes for a lot of free advertising. Even with stars like Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DeCaprio on the scene, no one is acting like a prima donna, with Tarantino waving to the crowds as he whizzes by on his motorized dolly.
Storefronts and Signage:
It has been reported in IndieWire that Quentin Tarantino met with Sharon Tate’s sister, Debra, and she is OK with the film. Maybe she isn’t aware of some of the dark humor on set.