Before Quentin Tarantino's Much-Anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019, the director pleaded with vowels to reveal the plot. "I love cinema. You love cinema. It's the journey of discovering a story for the first time, "he wrote.
Avengers films with little controversy.
The Russo Brothers posted similar letters for the last two Avengers films with little controversy. But where those movies premiered for critics a few days before their full theatrical releases, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood screened at Cannes nearly two months before it was released to general audiences. And on Wikipedia, at invaluable source of movie synopses, this gap gave rise to a heated edit with its own odd twist. Nobody was supposed to reveal Once upon a time in Hollywood's ending.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is set up as a film about the Manson family's real-life murder of Sharon Tate and several friends, exploring the two perspectives: Fictitious performers: actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). [1
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In Once Upon A Time In Hollywood 's version of 1969, Sharon Tate does not die. The Manson family plans and targets Dalton and Booth, who graphically assassinates with a can of dog food and a flamethrower, among other weapons. The protagonists, and Sharon Tate and her friends, all presumably live happily ever after.
That's a weird, polarizing narrative twist. But the recent synopsis on Wikipedia what even weirder. Bruce Lee (a minor character in the movie, played by Mike Moh) show up for a rescue operation. Though Tate is eight months pregnant, she reveals that she's a martial arts master as well, and the two team up with Booth and Dalton to obliterate the entire Manson family – including Charles Manson himself – in an extended showdown. So, Booth this.
Film critics realized in July that this plot summary AV Club writer Katie Rife, "utter made-up bullshit." But when people who'd actually
One person (who identified himself as a filmmaker and Cannes attendee) complained that the plot was "made by someone who has not seen [the] movie." But if he did not offer his own blow-by-blow account, another editor called the differences "pretty common, and understandable" inaccuracies. And some Cannes attendees were loath to talk about the ending, beyond saying that it definitely was not this .
Editors also debated whether Cannes viewers counted as verifiable sources. On one hand, they had literally seen the film firsthand at a major festival. And film synopses have been relatively low citation standards – since they're just supposed to be summaries of a primary source. But unlike with a widely released movie, the average wikipedia could not even fact-check the account.
Wikipedia's guidelines state that it's "not acceptable to delete information from an article because you're spoiling for the plot," and the site retired spoiler warnings in 2007. Despite this, multiple people started threading the issue, which has been periodically removed and restored.
Editor Rusted AutoParts has made a typical case for removal from the Wikipedia entry back in May. " It just doesnt seem right, since the millions [of] others are waiting for the next few months to see it themselves. Wikipedia the film, "they wrote.
This touched a nerve among other editors, though. As one reply put it, "Wikipedia is about journalism, not PR or fan service for a movie.
A few people complained that Tarantino's letter was getting the movie's special treatment on Wikipedia, or Where did Tarantino had his request as a love letter to audiences, they saw a cynical ploy – as one person put it, revealing the plot just shot down "a gimmick which quite frankly has nothing to do [with] the art of fiction."
It's true that film marketing strategies increasingly involve suppressing spoilers – sometimes to extreme bizarre. Multiple journalists have implied that Once Upon A Time In Hollywood 's publicists asked them to edit or completely remove the plot.) But there's also a broad, genuine debate on how to reveal plot points online web?
Either way, the article was corrected in the first hours of July 26th, which is probably this particular debate, since the film is now out in a wide release. But the edit was a microcosm of the larger ongoing internet spoiler was – and a case study in how Wikipedia sources information. And while I obsessively read plot summaries before seeing movies, I'll admit this one did spoil the experience a little. Because honestly … I liked the made-up ending.