Quentin Tarantino: Interviews, Revised and Updated

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Gerald Peary
Univ. Press of Mississippi, Oct 3, 2013 - Performing Arts - 240 pages
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Here, in his own colorful, slangy words, is the true American Dream saga of a self-proclaimed "film geek," with five intense years working in a video store, who became one of the most popular, recognizable, and imitated of all filmmakers. His dazzling, movie-informed work makes Quentin Tarantino's reputation, from his breakout film, Reservoir Dogs (1992), through Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), his enchanted homages to Asian action cinema, to his rousing tribute to guys-on-a-mission World War II movie, Inglourious Basterds (2009). For those who prefer a more mature, contemplative cinema, Tarantino provided the tender, very touching Jackie Brown (1997). A masterpiece--Pulp Fiction (1994). A delightful mash of unabashed exploitation and felt social consciousness--his latest opus, Django Unchained (2012).

From the beginning, Tarantino (b. 1963)--affable, open, and enthusiastic about sharing his adoration of movies--has been a journalist's dream. Quentin Tarantino: Interviews, revised and updated with twelve new interviews, is a joy to read cover to cover because its subject has so much interesting and provocative to say about his own movies and about cinema in general, and also about his unusual life. He is frank and revealing about growing up in Los Angeles with a single, half-Cherokee mother, and dropping out of ninth grade to take acting classes. Lost and confused, he still managed a gutsy ambition: young Quentin decided he would be a filmmaker.

Tarantino has conceded that Ordell (Samuel L. Jackson), the homicidal African American con man in Jackie Brown, is an autobiographical portrait. "If I hadn't wanted to make movies, I would have ended up as Ordell," Tarantino has explained. "I wouldn't have been a postman or worked at the phone company. . . . I would have gone to jail."

 

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Contents

Interview at Cannes 1992
3
A Talk with Quentin Tarantino 1992
20
Interview with Quentin Tarantino 1992
23
Reservoir Dogs Press Conference 1992
28
Answers First Questions Later 1993
34
Quentin Tarantino on Pulp Fiction 1994
49
Interview with Quentin Tarantino 1994
53
When You Know Youre in Good Hands 1994
61
Quentin Tarantino Reveals Almost Everything That Inspired Kill Bill 2003
118
An Interview with Quentin Tarantino 2003
127
Total Tarantino 2004
131
Tarantino Bites Back 2008
137
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds Interview 2009
147
The Inglourious Basterds Interview 2009
153
Quentin Tarantinos Inglourious Basterds Interview 2009
161
Tarantino Rewrites History 2009
165

Four X Four 1995
78
Quentin Tarantino 1996
83
Quentin TarantinoOn Ambition Exploitation and Playing Psycho 1996
95
Press Conference on Jackie Brown 1997
101
Quentin Tarantino on Adapting Rum Punch Moving the Story to LA Elmore Leonards Opinion 1998
107
The Mouth and the Method 1998
112
Days of Gloury 2009
174
Django Trilogy 2012
184
Additional Resources
199
Index
201
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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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