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What Quentin Tarantino's no-spoiler letter got right about criticism

Brad Pitt stars in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" which is about, well, you'll have to wait and see. Foto: Andrew Cooper, Columbia Pictures

In Cannes earlier this week, Quentin Tarantino became the latest filmmaker to jump on an increasingly vocal bandwagon. In an open letter posted on the social media page of his new movie "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," he begged critics and journalists attending his movie's premiere at the festival to avoid "revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film" the way he and his collaborators intended: as something fresh, surprising and original.

Tarantino's plea took a page from a similar letter written by the Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho a few days earlier, which itself followed an infamous message posted on Twitter by "Avengers: Endgame" directors Joe and Anthony Russo, asking fans to refrain from spoiling the film after they'd seen it. "Thanos demands your silence," they added, maybe half-jokingly...

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