Quentin Tarantino

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Tarantino was born on March 23, 1963 in Knoxville, Tennesse. He is a director, writer and actor. Tarantino was named, fittingly enough, after a character on a TV show, the half-breed blacksmith Quint played by Burt Reynolds on Gunsmoke. When he was two, his mom moved with him to the South Bay area south of Los Angeles, which was his home for the next two decades.

His neighborhood in the city of Torrance was a mixture of black and white, and he was exposed to a wide range of film and pop culture influences. Martial arts movies, for example, continued to play in black neighborhoods for several after the kung fu fad ended elsewhere; Tarantino was able to cross the tracks to continue watching them until well into the 1970s.

Tarantino quit school at 17 to take acting classes and support himself with odd jobs. At 22 he found a second home of sorts at Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, where his knowledge of old movies finally began to come in handy. With co-workers Roger Avery and Jerry Martinez, Tarantino turned Video Archives into an impromptu film school. He began writing as a way to supply practice scenes for his acting classes.

Quentin Tarantino was perhaps the most distinctive and volatile talent to emerge in American film in the early '90s. He developed an audacious fusion of pop culture and independent art house cinema; his films were thrillers that were distinguished as much by their clever, twisting dialogue as their outbursts of extreme violence.

Film Content & Themes

Tarantino's movies are renowned for their sharp dialogue, splintered chronology, and pop culture obsessions. His films have copious amounts of both spattered and flowing blood that are graphically violent in an aestheticized sense. His depictions of violence have also been noted for their casualness and macabre humor, as well as for the tension and grittiness of these scenes.

Style / Vision

He often uses an unconventional storytelling device in his films, such as retrospective, with frequent flashbacks (Reservoir Dogs), non-linear (Pulp Fiction), "chapter" format (Kill Bill, Four Rooms), or time-twisting (Jackie Brown) .

"Storytelling has become a lost art. There is no storytelling, there's just situations. Very rarely are you told a story." (Smith 43) - Quentin Tarantino

Analysis of Key Film

Four Rooms

This movie features the collaborative directorial efforts of four new filmmakers, each of whom directs a segment of this comedy. It's New Year's Eve at the Mon Signor Hotel, a former grand old Hollywood hotel, now fallen upon hard times. Often using physical comedy and sight gags, this movie chronicles the slapstick misadventures of Ted, the Bellhop. He's on his first night on the job, when he's asked to help out a coven of witches in the Honeymoon Suite. Things only get worse when he delivers ice to the wrong room and ends up in a domestic argument at a really bad time. Next, he foolishly agrees to watch a gangster's kids for him while he's away. Finally, he finishes off the night refereeing a ghastly wager.

Quentin Tarantino uses a "novel based" idea to compose this movie into a type of chapter book, aach chapter being a different storyline in the grand scheme of things. Tarantino is very big on the storytelling and it chines through very brightly in he movie.

Major Films & Awards

  • Pulp Fiction -Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) -1994 Cannes film festival
  • Pulp Fiction earned Tarantino and Roger Avary Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, and was also nominated for Best Picture.
  • In 2005 Quentin Tarantino won the Icon of the Decade award at the Sony Ericsson Empire Awards.
  • On August 15, 2007, Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo presented Tarantino with a lifetime achievement award at the MalacaƱang Palace in Manila.

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