How Tarantino’s Personal Collections Inspired ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Designer

IndieWire | 7/21/2019 | Staff
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“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” production designer Barbara Ling shared gorgeous behind the scenes photos, and revealed how Quentin Tarantino’s personal collections inspired the look of the film. In an interview with Architectural Digest, the designer said she took a lot of material from the filmmaker’s wealth of posters, 1960’s cinema, and old school Los Angeles restaurant connections. Loosely based around the Charles Manson/Sharon Tate murders, the movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Al Pacino, among others, and is set in 1960’s Los Angeles.

“It’s Quentin’s love letter to the city he grew up in,” said Ling, a fellow LA-native and longtime production designer, whose credits include 1991’s “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “The Doors”, as well as both Joel Shumacher Batman films from the mid-’90s; “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin.”

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Ling visited Tarantino’s personal cinema once a week, where the filmmaker played her many of his favorite films of the era. The director has previously shared which ’60s films most inspired “Hollywood,” to which Ling added “The Wrecking Crew,” “Valley of the Dolls,” and “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.” “1969 was such a vivid period of color, particularly in Los Angeles, and there was a feel of neon and Op...
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