Quentin Tarantino: Interviews

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 215 pages
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Not since Martin Scorsese with Mean Streets in the mid-1970s has a young American filmmaker made such an instant impact on international cinema as Quentin Tarantino. In many ways, Tarantino is the paradigmatic 1990s success story: from high school dropout, toiling anonymously in a California video store, taking acting lessons, to world acclaim, with Pulp Fiction as the Grand Prix winner at Cannes.

With his first film, Reservoir Dogs, the then 29-year-old became an inspiration for filmmakers even younger than himself on how to produce stylish, subterranean cinema. (Not that his extra-violent imitators, labeled "Tarantino school," could match the wit of his scripts, his talent with actors, and the vivacity, energy, and originality of his shooting style.)

Tarantino, turning famous, remains the same manic talker who is obsessed with American pop culture and is endlessly enthusiastic about his favorite movies and moviemakers. Informal, gregarious, accessible, he has been a journalist's dream, for his wonderfully expressive, almost stream-of-consciousness chatter.

This collection is the first book of Tarantino interviews to be published. The selections are his most uninhibited, far reaching, and revealing. They demonstrate conclusively that the source of his world-renowned pop-culture dialogue is his own brash, vivid, virtuosic conversation.

"I realized I didn't want to be an actor," he says. "I wanted to be a director. My favorite actors were character actors and I realized they still had to read for parts. I didn't want to be fifty years old and still reading for parts. I wanted some control over my destiny, and it seemed to me that directors did."

Gerald Peary is a film critic and columnist for the Boston Phoenix, a professor of journalism and communications at Suffolk University, and a lecturer at Boston University. He is also Acting Curator of the
Harvard University Film Archive.

  

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Review: Quentin Tarantino: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers Series)

User Review  - TrumanCoyote - Goodreads

Lots of good quotes--one of the best being: "One of the biggest problems with becoming famous is that people stop talking to you and start asking questions." The ebullience of the guy comes through ... Read full review

Review: Quentin Tarantino: Interviews

User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

I just LOVE Quentin Tarantino. I think he's a film genius. This book is quite obviously interviews that Quentin Tarantino has taken part in, and it just stands out exactly HOW much this man knows ... Read full review

Contents

Lets See Whose Calls Wont I Return Today?
3
A Talk with Quentin Tarantino
27
Quentin Tarantinos Reservoir Dogs and the Thrill of Excess
41
Quentin Tarantino on Pulp Fiction
66
Interview with Quentin Tarantino
80
When You Know Youre in Good Hands
97
Quentin Tarantino Master of Mayhem
115
Quentin Tarantino Violence and Twisted Wit
124
Four
148
Tarantino and Juliette
166
My Evening with Q
183
Press Conference on Jackie Brown
198
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Quentin Tarantino is the award-winning writer-director of several highly acclaimed films, including Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, and Pulp Fiction. He lives in New York and Los Angeles.

Gerald Peary, a film studies professor at Suffolk University, Boston, is a film critic for the Arts Fuse and the editor of John Ford: Interviews and Samuel Fuller: Interviews. He is the series editor of the Conversations with Filmmakers Series.

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