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Quentin Tarantino


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Introduction 1. I didnt go to film school, I went to films His formative years, his time working at a video store, Video Archives His early acting and his almost-feature, My Best Friend's Birthday2. I made this movie for myself, and everyones invitedReservoir Dogs: how he got it together with Harvey Keitel's help, success at Sundance, creating his own style, cult stardom.3. I think of them as like old girlfriends Quentin the writer: True Romance, Natural Born Killers, From Dusk Till Dawn, plus uncredited script work. 4. My characters never stop telling stories...Pulp Fiction: pulling in big names and bringing back old ones, reinventing the soundtrack, winning an Oscar and the Palme D'Or5. It just kind of snuck up on me Jackie Brown: paying tribute to his favourite author, remixing Blaxploitation and trying to get out of his box, Tarantino matures.'6. I dont really consider myself an American filmmaker...Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2: conceiving the film with Uma Thurman, delays and recasting, homage upon homage. 7. Slasher movies are legitimate...Grindhouse and Death Proof: Tarantino and Rodriguez, messing around, and his first real flop.8. Just f**king kill himInglourious Basterds: selling a drama as an action flick and killing Hitler.9. Life is cheap. Life is dirt. Life is a buffalo nickel Django Unchained: the gruelling production and the racial controversy.10. I really was creating a little Agatha Christie thingThe Hateful Eight and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: the script leak on the former, the return to 1970s Hollywood on the latter, what else is in the pipeline. Sources

About the Author

Ian Nathan, who lives and works in London, is one of the UK's best-known film writers. He is the author of eight previous books, including Alien Vault, the best-selling history of Ridley Scott's masterpiece, Terminator Vault, Tim Burton, The Coen Brothers and Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth. He is the former editor and executive editor of Empire, the world's biggest movie magazine, where he remains a contributing editor. He also regulalrly contributes to The Times, The Independent, The Mail on Sunday, Cahiers Du Cinema and the Discovering Film documentary series on Sky Arts.


"Smith has worked to craft something that will be perfect for film buffs of every genre who want to grow their knowledge of the world of film." * The Nerdy Girl Express *
"...the book does a fine job of summarizing Tarantino's personal and cinematic history." * PR0HBTD *

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