The Hateful Eight (2015) is the latest, eighth film by Quentin Tarantino, which will certainly go down in history – if not for its formal and conceptual-thematic features, then definitely as a film that brought back to life a film format that had been forgotten for more than half a century, the 70 mm film. Tarantino, a true cinephile, a film nostalgist and a playful postmodernist, shot his last western in Ultra Panavision 70. He also distributed it as a roadshow, at a time when film mostly reigns on the small screens (TV and computer), nostalgically reminding us of the golden age of cinema culture and, through spectacle, reviving the idea of film as a social and societal event. Along with the questions of aesthetics considered in view of the connection between form (film format) and concept, Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight also opens current socially critical topics which reflect the situation in American society today.
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