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The much-anticipated Roadshow Release of Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, exclusive to the IFI, pays homage to and recreates the grand exhibition style popularised in the ‘50s and ‘60s that brought audiences to theatres with the promise of a special event. Presented in glorious Ultra Panavision 70mm, this is a longer version, with a musical overture to start the show, and a well-placed intermission.
The plot is a model of economy: in post-civil war Wyoming, a group of strangers, including bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his quarry Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Lee), are forced to take refuge from a blizzard and are soon embroiled in a tense game of treachery and deceit.
The lengthy running time affords space for backstory and digressions that adds depth and shade to the ensuing drama, strengthening our impression that nothing about these characters is quite as it appears.
Film notes by David O’Mahony.
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