Quentin Tarantino: The Cinema of Cool

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 214 pages
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(Applause Books). At the beginning of 1992, no one had heard of Quentin Tarantino. By mid-1995, Quentinmania was in high gear, and he was being hailed as the hip new Oscar-toting messiah of film making. In this irreverant personal biography and in-depth study, Jeff Dawson interrogates Tarantino about his early influences, his use of violence, and accusations of plagiarism. Dawson takes the reader behind the scenes of Pulp Fiction , Reservoir Dogs and Destiny Turns on the Radio , to get a glimpse of Quentin through the eyes of Harvey Keitel, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth and other Tarantino gang members interviewed for this book. Includes dialogue that didn't make it into the final cut, as well as the original plot twists for True Romance and Natural Born Killers that got axed by the censors. Includes great color and black & white photos throughout.

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This is an entertaining and mildly irreverent biography of an individual who has probably received more attention for his efforts than he deserved. Quentin Tarantino, that is.
The book was a fast
, light read. It was accurate chronologically. There were no sloppy errors as these kind of first person accounts sometimes have. Coverage of Pulp Fiction and Destiny Turns on the Radio were best.
Destiny was a low-budget film. It did not receive a great deal of acclaim, but I liked it, and learned a great deal from reading the account in this book. The behind the scenes details about logistics of production were of course satisfying to my curiosity. Mr. Tarantino is portrayed so very "larger than life" in film, Pulp Fiction in particular, so it is gratifying to confirm that his success is due to effort and hard work, despite a generous amount of good fortune.
Publication date was 1995, over fifteen years ago. But I enjoyed it. It didn't seem out of date. That is probably because it was written seriously enough to retain value, but with enough style to match the nature of the celebrity subject matter. This book should be of interest to anyone who has enjoyed (or had other strong opinions about!) the movies that Quentin Tarantino directed or performed in.

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Johnny Destiny
Counter Culture
Reservoir Dogs
Black Tie White Noise
True Romance
Natural Born Killers
Pulp Fiction
The Mantelpiece
Four Rooms and Beyond

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About the author (1995)

Jeff Dawson is a professional writer and journalist, as well as the author of Gay & Lesbian Online. He lives in Guerneville, California.

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