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Gerry Canavan
The NYT published a review of ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD’s “cosmic justice” that basically convinced me the film *is* fascist.
His new film exhibits — perhaps surprisingly — a genuine moral pathos.
The New York Times The New York Times @nytimes
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Gerry Canavan Aug 6
Replying to @gerrycanavan
Once you’ve moved to the idea that some people “deserve” to be “torn to shreds, bludgeoned to a pulp, burned to a cinder” you’ve pretty much left behind the realm of morality.
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Gerry Canavan Aug 6
Replying to @gerrycanavan
The final battle is, quite literally, senseless — stoned Cliff has no idea what is going on, nor does Rick, and yet they brutally murder people w/ zero hesitation or regret. We think it’s “justice” because we have a different context that is essentially just a weird coincidence.
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NickUrfe Aug 7
Replying to @gerrycanavan
I think this misreads the climax. Rick re-enacts his filmic glory days IRL - power to defeat the Axis left in the hands of a margarita swilling Ski-Doo dad. Cliff is, in fact, a sociopath - murdering his wife, gratuitously beating the ranch guy.
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NickUrfe Aug 7
Replying to @gerrycanavan
How can the audience come to enjoy the violence? I don’t think it’s Manson, whose role is SO tangential. More deeply, it’s Pitt’s and Dicaprio’s literal identity (for the audience) as movie stars. Why else give ‘Cliff’ scruples about Pussy’s age, apart for its meaning for Pitt?
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Gerry Canavan Aug 7
Replying to @UrfeNick
I think that’s a great point. Our interpretation of all this is metatextual, and Manson/Tate almost entirely a pretext.
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Malcolm Harris Aug 6
Replying to @gerrycanavan
I've met that guy! He told me about a nice Girard conference dinner with Peter Thiel
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Gerry Canavan Aug 6
Replying to @BigMeanInternet
oh man
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