Quentin Tarantino Changed Cinema

The Tarantino phenomenon is worthy of a dissertation. He is equally adept at writing scripts & directing the camera, is not afraid of humor & taboos, is never boring. How does he do this?

By Balthazar Malevolent

Quentin Tarantino Changed Cinema

Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, author, film critic & actor. Quentin Tarantino has the Cannes Palme d'Or, two Oscars, & several Oscar nominations. He is on the jury of the most prestigious film festivals of the world, Cannes & Venice. The adjective tarantinoesque is in the Oxford dictionary.

According to Tarantino, he wouldn't be offended at all if one appropriated a sizable portion of his fame. The aesthetic that Tarantino created reflects the spirit of the 90s, powerfully influenced global filmmaking in the early 2000s. Tarantino manages to sit in two chairs. His films are strange & authorial, at the same time, they are very popular & draw full houses. His style can be called art-mainstream.

Tarantino is a cinéphage — a movie eater. He's constantly citing films of his favorite directors. Quick camera pulls & swoops, slow zooming in, shooting from below, shooting from above are among the director's favorite camerawork techniques.

Tarantino has favorite actors that he constantly shoots, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman. He gave a second life to John Travolta's acting career. Tarantino is an actor. In his youth, Tarantino dreamed of associating his professional career with being an actor in his movies. He appeared mainly in small roles such as Chester Rush in his 1995's Four Rooms. Tarantino chose directing as a career path when he created Reservoir Dogs in 1992 & Pulp Fiction in 1994, the latter made him famous.

Tarantino's films are characterized by a non-linear structure, a division into chapters, ambiguous monologues & dialogues. Tarantino uses a lot of prop blood. The director sees violence as a stylistic device, in life he does not accept violence.

Tarantino is a typical representative of postmodernism. In his movies, he is often quoting other directors' films, uses irony, he depicts the world as chaotic, the structure is complex. Tarantino advertises non-existent brands like Big Kahuna burgers, Red Apple cigarettes. His films are characterized by nonlinear storylines, dark humor, stylized violence, extended dialogue, ensemble casts, references to popular culture, alternate history & neo-noir.

Quentin Tarantino with Brad Pitt & Leonardo DiCaprio
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