Here, in his own colorful, slangy words, is the true American
Dream saga of a self-proclaimed "film geek," with five intense
years working in a video store, who became one of the most popular,
recognizable, and imitated of all filmmakers. His dazzling,
movie-informed work makes Quentin Tarantino's reputation, from his
breakout film, Reservoir Dogs (1992), through Kill
Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), his
enchanted homages to Asian action cinema, to his rousing tribute to
guys-on-a-mission World War II movie, Inglourious Basterds
(2009). For those who prefer a more mature, contemplative cinema,
Tarantino provided the tender, very touching Jackie Brown
(1997). A masterpiece--Pulp Fiction (1994). A delightful
mash of unabashed exploitation and felt social consciousness--his
latest opus, Django Unchained (2012).
From the beginning, Tarantino (b. 1963)--affable, open, and
enthusiastic about sharing his adoration of movies--has been a
journalist's dream. Quentin Tarantino: Interviews, revised
and updated with twelve new interviews, is a joy to read cover to
cover because its subject has so much interesting and provocative
to say about his own movies and about cinema in general, and also
about his unusual life. He is frank and revealing about growing up
in Los Angeles with a single, half-Cherokee mother, and dropping
out of ninth grade to take acting classes. Lost and confused, he
still managed a gutsy ambition: young Quentin decided he would be a
Tarantino has conceded that Ordell (Samuel L. Jackson), the
homicidal African American con man in Jackie Brown, is an
autobiographical portrait. "If I hadn't wanted to make movies, I
would have ended up as Ordell," Tarantino has explained. "I
wouldn't have been a postman or worked at the phone company. . . .
I would have gone to jail."
Subjects: Performing Arts, Film Studies, History
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