Interviews, Revised and Updated
Publication Year: 2013
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."
Published by: University Press of Mississippi
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In this indolent age of Netflix and Hulu on demand, think back to VHS days, when renting videos meant actually having to leave your comfy flat. But the compensation back then was interacting with your favorite video store employee. You remember, don’t you? That t-shirted guy or gal, embarrassingly overqualified, who didn’t let a seven-dollar-an-hour ...
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...1965 Connie moves to Los Angeles, marries Curtis Zastoupil, and 1977 Writes his first screenplay, Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy 1979 Quits high school and works as an usher at an x-rated movie 1981 Starts taking acting lessons at the James Best Theater Com-1984 Craig Hamann comes up with a script for My Best Friend’s ...
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Interview at Cannes 1992
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From Positif, September 1992, 28–35. © Positif. Reprinted by permission.Quentin Tarantino: When I was like twenty-two, I borrowed a 16mm movie camera. For three years I was doing this homemade feature, MyBest Friend’s Birthday, on weekends, or whenever I got some money. But I couldn’t afford to process it. I was financing this movie from a minimum ...
A Talk with Quentin Tarantino 1992
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From the Montreal World Film Festival, August 1992. Reprinted by permission of the Gerald Peary: Your publicity biography lists you in the cast of Jean-Luc Quentin Tarantino: It’s a lie. I put it on my résumé as an actor, and QT: Good actors don’t intimidate me. After two weeks of rehearsal, they were ready to pop. They had some egos there, but they left them at the ...
Interview with Quentin Tarantino 1992
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Peter Brunette: Could you explain your rationale for the odd chronol-Quentin Tarantino: I wanted to break up the narration, not to be a wise guy, a show guy, but to make the film dramatically better that way. If I pulled it off, I got a resonance, so I liked the idea of giving the an-swers first, getting the questions later. Novels do that all the time, but ...
Reservoir Dogs Press Conference 1992
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Press conference held September 16, 1992. With Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi. Reprinted courtesy of the Toronto Henri Behar, Le Monde (MC): We’ll start the press conference con-cerning Reservoir Dogs, and I’ll introduce quickly the people who are here at the table. On the far left, Mr. Blonde, Michael Madsen. Next to him, ...
Answers First, Questions Later 1993
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From Projections 3: Film-makers on Film-making, edited by John Boorman and Walter Donohue (London: Faber and Faber, 1994), 174–95. Reprinted by permission.Quentin Tarantino was born in Knoxville,Tennessee, in 1963, the year when Monte Hellman’s Back Door to Hell and Flight to Fury, Don Siegel’s The Killers, and Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars were also in gestation—...
Quentin Tarantino on Pulp Fiction 1994
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First appeared in Sight & Sound, May 1994. Reprinted by permission.When I started Pulp Fiction I was trying to figure out a way to get a feature going. I came up with the idea of writing a crime short story, shooting it as a short film, then doing another and another and putting them to-gether like a crime-film anthology. It would be something I could man-...
Interview with Quentin Tarantino 1994
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Conducted at Cannes, May 23, 1994. From Positif, November 1994, 10–15. Reprinted by permission. Translated from the French by T. Jefferson Kline.Positif: The scenario of Pulp Fiction owes its origins to some stories by Quentin Tarantino: The idea for Pulp Fiction was born even before I began writing Reservoir Dogs. I was trying to imagine how to make a film ...
When You Know You’re in Good Hands 1994
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From Film Comment, July/August 1994, 32–43. Reprinted by permission.It may be that writer-director and sometime actor Quentin Tarantino is to videostore clerks what the French nouvelle vague, Peter Bogdanovich, and Paul Schrader were to several generations of movie critics—proof that it’s possible not only to slip through the looking glass of film history ...
Four X Four 1995
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Check into the Four Rooms hotel, and you’ll discover what happens when four of the hottest independent directors around make a movie together: an unusual experiment in collective filmmaking. It was made by Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino. Each directed a “room” in a fictional hotel, and all four collaborated on a ...
Interview: Quentin Tarantino 1996
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Has success spoiled Quentin Tarantino? Not since Steven Spielberg madeJaws  and Close Encounters  back to back has an American di-rector uncorked anything comparable to the one-two punch of ReservoirDogs and Pulp Fiction. What’s more, the self-taught, thoroughly attitudi-nous thirty-two-year-old filmmaker has rewritten the formula for Hol-...
Out of the Past: Quentin Tarantino—On Ambition, Exploitation, and Playing Psycho 1996
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From Axcess 4, no. 1 (February–March 1996): 58–64. Reprinted by permission of Quentin Tarantino loves movies. That’s why he makes the damn things. And while this isn’t exactly a groundbreaking revelation, it’s impossible to talk to the man without spending a lot of time on the subject. To-day, as Tarantino relaxes after an afternoon photo shoot, hunched over ...
Quentin Tarantino: Press Conference on Jackie Brown 1997
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Quentin Tarantino answered questions about Jackie Brown at a Miramax Films press conference at Los Angeles’s Wilshire Regency Hotel in early December 1997, several weeks before the film’s Christmas Day opening in New York and LA. Reprinted by Q: After Pulp Fiction, weren’t there a lot of expectations for your next A: It all boils down to the work you want to do, the work that speaks to ...
Quentin Tarantino on Adapting Rum Punch, Moving the Story to LA, Elmore Leonard’s Opinion 1998
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From Guardian.co.UK, January 5, 1998. Reprinted by permission of Adrian Wootton.Adrian Wootton: How did you get from Pulp Fiction to Jackie Brown,Quentin Tarantino: I had wanted for a long time to adapt Elmore Leonard. He was the first novelist I read as a kid who really spoke to me. It was a question of trying to find the right [book.] I had actually read ...
The Mouth and the Method 1998
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From Sight & Sound 8, no. 3 (March 1998): 6–9. Reprinted by permission.The release of Jackie Brown represents a watershed for Quentin Tarantino. In the pop-culture terms he himself is so familiar and free with, his third film as director bears the same weight of expectation as any big music act’s third CD. Unlike Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994), it’s ...
Quentin Tarantino Reveals Almost Everything That Inspired Kill Bill 2003
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From Japattack, n.d., 2003, originally published in Eiga Hi-Ho (Movie Treasures) This private interview was conducted in Los Angeles on August 28, 2003, during a press junket for Kill Bill: Vo1.1 held exclusively for the Japanese media. In this one-on-one chat, Quentin Tarantino goes deep into the many influences for Kill Bill, its mythology, and even the future for his ...
An Interview with Quentin Tarantino 2003
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From IGN, October 10, 2003. Reprinted with permission of the author.Quentin Tarantino is back, with perhaps the most elaborate kung fu film of all time. Actually, maybe the two most elaborate kung fu films, as KillBill was recently split into Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. The idea for the films first arose in a barroom conversation with Uma Thurman during the Pulp Fic-...
Total Tarantino 2004
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From EW.com, April 9, 2004. © 2004 Time, Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted from In late March, Quentin Tarantino invited Entertainment Weekly’s execu-tive editor, Schilling, to his LA home, where she interviewed him.Entertainment Weekly: Kill Bill 2, turns out it’s a love story. Who Quentin Tarantino: I love The Bride. I LOVE her, all right? I want her ...
Tarantino Bites Back 2008
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Quentin Tarantino tackles editor Nick James in London about the nega-tive comments Death Proof received in James’s 2007 Sight & Sound review.Quentin Tarantino: You guys came out with this stuff [the Grindhousecover story, June 2007] really, really early. I was feeling a little slighted by Sight & Sound because I realized that I hadn’t done an interview....
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds Interview 2009
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From News Blaze, August 10, 2009. Reprinted by permission of the author.Kam Williams: How does it feel to have finished Inglourious Basterdsfinally, given that you’ve been working on it for over a decade?Quentin Tarantino: It’s a little surreal. I had scenes written for it, but for years it was always just kind of out there. And at one point I consid-...
Quentin Tarantino: The Inglourious Basterds Interview 2009
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From the Village Voice, August 18, 2009. Reprinted by permission of Ella Taylor, film Seventeen years ago, when Reservoir Dogs was setting American cinema on fire, Quentin Tarantino drove up to his favorite watering hole, a Hol-lywood Denny’s, in a tiny Geo that I mistook for a rental car. During a scheduled hour-long interview that stretched into nearly three, I nagged ...
Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds Interview 2009
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From Screencrave, August 25, 2009. Reprinted by permission of the author.The Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles, August 2009. Quentin Tarantino met with a round table of journalists, myself included, and, each in turn, Q: In the advertisements, Brad Pitt’s Aldo Raine is front and center, even though the story focuses more on Mélanie Laurent’s Shosanna Dreyfus ...
Pulp and Circumstance: Tarantino Rewrites History 2009
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From Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 27, 2009. Printed by permission of WHYY Inc.Terry Gross: This is Fresh Air. I’m Terry Gross. Quentin Tarantino, wel-TG: I love the new movie. [Inglourious Basterds] starts with “Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France,” and that lets you know right away this is going to be a fairy tale version, not a historically correct version, of ...
Days of Gloury 2009
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From Sight & Sound 9, no. 9 (September 2009). Reprinted by permission of the That Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, Inglourious Basterds, is no under-stated chamber piece will not surprise anyone. It is, in its creator’s esti-mation, a western. Its title is adapted from Enzo G. Castellari’s 1978 film The Inglorious Bastards (tagline: “Whatever the Dirty Dozen did, they do ...
Tarantino “Unchained”: Django Trilogy 2012
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From The Root, December 23–25, 2012. Reproduced with permission.Had you thought Quentin Tarantino was done with historical revenge fantasies after Inglourious Basterds? His latest is Django Unchained—a“postmodern, slave-narrative Western,” in the words of The Root’s ed-itor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The spaghetti Western–inspired ...
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Barlow, Aaron. Quentin Tarantino: Life at the Extremes. Westport, Connecticut: Bernard, Jami. Quentin Tarantino: The Man and His Movies. New York: Harper Bottig, Fred, and Scott Wilson. The Tarantinian Ethics. Thousand Oaks, Califor-Charyn, Jerome. Raised by Wolves: The Turbulent Art and Times of Quentin Taran-Cheshire, Godfrey. “Hollywood’s New Hit Men.” Interview, November 1994. ...
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Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Conversations with Filmmakers Series