Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino
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Well, Quentin Tarantino finally enters the era of elegance and solidity. And indeed, little by little he leaves the cinema: in any case, he announced a long time ago that the tenth film would be the last.
It is called, as recently announced, “Film Criticism”. And it will be about a female film critic, respectively, and the action will take place in Los Angeles in the late 70s. The prototype of the heroine is supposed to be Pauline Cale, the legendary essayist who wrote miles of contemporary film reviews and was extremely caustic. But all these are rumors. The truth will be known closer to the fall, when the shooting should begin.
lost two parents
His own father, an Italian-born aspiring actor Tony Tarantino, got along with his mother when she was just 14 years old (she wanted to run away from home at all costs, because her parents made life a nightmare). He did not know that she was a minor, and when she found out about her, she immediately left, having managed to have a child. Later, her mother remarried to musician Curtis Zastuchal, and the whole family began to lead a fun rock and roll lifestyle. From early childhood, Quentin was constantly taken to the cinema for any film, even cruel or with erotic scenes. And Quentin was perfectly happy with that stepfather, until one terrible day he left his wife and his adopted son.
This was a real tragedy for a boy who closed in on himself and the world of cinema. It was in the movies that he has ever since sought out his father figure and later admitted that in his own movies the theme of fatherhood is terribly important, even in Reservoir Dogs, if you look closely, it is.
Tarantino has been dyslexic since childhood, unable to spell words or punctuate correctly. Photo: AP/EAST NEWS
Well, then from a movie hobby turned into a hobby. Quentin worked in a video store, where movies were shown on TV screens all the time, and the employees themselves chose what to put on. Plus, Tarantino saw a monstrous number of movies on the big screen, spending all of his money on tickets. He has a phenomenal memory: he also keeps all the details of the plot, the names of directors and actors, various interesting facts about them … This allows him to actively have fun in his own work with old, French cinema. . from military movies to cheap spaghetti westerns, from American TV series from half a century ago to Hong Kong action movies. He quotes them, parodies them, admires them.
Tarantino is also familiar with Russian cinema. He once told the KP film critic Stas Tyrkin: “I remember very well which film of yours I saw for the first time in the cinema, for money. Never guess! “Moscow does not believe in tears”! I was 15 years old then, and I remember when I saw this title, I thought: the film, like all Russian cinema, will probably be painful and difficult! But I went and looked, and, imagine, I liked it! I still remember this image in detail. The guy on the train, his dirty shoes, the way he flirted with the girl, how it ended up changing his life!”
He taught Uma Thurman to dance
“This woman deserves the right to revenge.” Uma Thurman in Kill Bill. Photo: Still from the film.
Already the debut “Reservoir Dogs” became a huge success, and “Pulp Fiction” in general changed American cinema. Tarantino wrote the script in Amsterdam, on his first trip to Europe, and was genuinely surprised that a quarter-pound cheeseburger was called a “real cheeseburger” there.
Dance scene from the movie “Pulp Fiction”
Travolta and Uma Thurman’s famous dance scene took 13 hours to film. In addition, Thurman was very afraid: she did not know how to dance properly. But, on the one hand, she was reassured by Travolta, a great twist specialist since he was a child, and on the other, Tarantino, who danced himself with the actors behind the camera and asked Uma one thing: enjoy the twist without thinking if it was good or bad at it.
Just two guys with mortars (John Travolta and Samuel Jackson in Pulp Fiction). But the framework has become a cult following and has been replicated in pop culture millions of times. Photo: Still from the film.
After the “Palme d’Or” and the “Oscar” for the script received for “Pulp Fiction”, it seemed to many that Tarantino was a one-day genius. Not everyone liked his third film, Jackie Brown. And then he was silent for seven years. And not everyone believed that “Kill Bill” would be a bomb that would make viewers around the world drop their mouths with joy.
It was originally going to be a four-hour movie; It wasn’t until filming wrapped and editing began that producer Harvey Weinstein suggested splitting it into two parts. Tarantino, during the editing process, managed to change the genre of the second picture (the first part is “oriental” and inspired by kung fu action movies, the second is “western”, Tarantino considers it as a western).
Well, then – “Inglourious Basterds”, the first scene in which (“I say” Bravo! “To you and your cows!”) Tarantino calls the most beloved thing that he has written in his entire life. “Django Unchained”, and another “Oscar” for the screenplay. “Once upon a time in Hollywood” and the long-awaited “Oscar” by Brad Pitt. And now everyone is looking forward to “Film Criticism”.
Still from the movie “Inglourious Basterds”
Tarantino, even at 60, is in many ways still a big boy, and it is not worth believing that this picture will be his final work. Well, he decided to make 10 movies and stop, what if in three years he comes up with a new plot and he can’t resist?
He goes crazy for women’s feet and writes with errors
Tarantino has been dyslexic since childhood, unable to spell words or punctuate correctly. Quentin’s scripts need a total overhaul because his own “scribbles are unreadable.”
Tarantino despises hidden advertising in movies. He always comes up with marks that don’t exist in reality for his paintings. Movie to movie characters of him smoke Red Apples cigarettes, eat Big Kahuna burgers, drink GO juice. The only time the actual mark was in the frame, through an oversight, was on the set of Kill Bill: the characters make a Bimbo sandwich. bread, popular in Mexico.
Tarantino is a foot fetishist: he has a strange fixation on women’s feet. In most of the movies, he holds the camera on them, clearly admiring them. In 2010, at a Tarantino party, he drank champagne from Uma Thurman’s Christian Louboutine shoe. She could not stand it, she poured champagne into the second “Louboutin” and also began to drink.
Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. But the statuette went to Brad Pitt, as Best Supporting Actor. Photo: Still from the film.
“Reservoir Dogs” (1992)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
“Kill Bill”, 2 parts (2003 – 2004)
“Inglourious Basterds” (2009)
“Django Unchained” (2012)
“The Hateful Eight” (2015)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)