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Quentin Tarantino

Interviews, Revised and Updated

Gerald Peary

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

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. ix-xvi

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...


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Interview at Cannes 1992

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pp. 3-19

A Talk with Quentin Tarantino 1992

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pp. 20-22

Interview with Quentin Tarantino 1992

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pp. 23-27

Reservoir Dogs Press Conference 1992

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pp. 28-33

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Answers First, Questions Later 1993

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pp. 34-48

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— as Tarantino himself could probably tell you. He is the most extreme instance...

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Quentin Tarantino on Pulp Fiction 1994

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pp. 49-52

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 together like a crime-film anthology. It would be something I could manage...

Interview with Quentin Tarantino 1994

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pp. 53-60

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When You Know You’re in Good Hands 1994

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pp. 61-77

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...

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Four X Four 1995

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pp. 78-82

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....

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Interview: Quentin Tarantino 1996

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pp. 83-94

Has success spoiled Quentin Tarantino? Not since Steven Spielberg made Jaws [1975] and Close Encounters [1977] back to back has an American director uncorked anything comparable to the one-two punch of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. What’s more, the self-taught, thoroughly attitudinous...

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Out of the Past: Quentin Tarantino—On Ambition, Exploitation, and Playing Psycho 1996

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pp. 95-100

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. Today, as Tarantino relaxes after an afternoon photo shoot, hunched over...

Quentin Tarantino: Press Conference on Jackie Brown 1997

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pp. 101-106

Quentin Tarantino on Adapting Rum Punch, Moving the Story to LA, Elmore Leonard’s Opinion 1998

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pp. 107-111

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The Mouth and the Method 1998

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pp. 112-117

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...

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Quentin Tarantino Reveals Almost Everything That Inspired Kill Bill 2003

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pp. 118-126

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...

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An Interview with Quentin Tarantino 2003

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pp. 127-130

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 Kill Bill 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 Fiction...

Total Tarantino 2004

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pp. 131-136

Tarantino Bites Back 2008

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pp. 137-146

Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds Interview 2009

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pp. 147-152

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Quentin Tarantino: The Inglourious Basterds Interview 2009

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pp. 153-160

Seventeen years ago, when Reservoir Dogs was setting American cinema on fire, Quentin Tarantino drove up to his favorite watering hole, a Hollywood 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 IInglourious Basterds Interview 2009

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pp. 161-164

Pulp and Circumstance: Tarantino Rewrites History 2009

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pp. 165-173

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Days of Gloury 2009

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pp. 174-183

That Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, Inglourious Basterds, is no understated chamber piece will not surprise anyone. It is, in its creator’s estimation, a western. Its title is adapted from Enzo G. Castellari’s 1978 film The Inglorious Bastards (tagline: “Whatever the Dirty Dozen did, they do...

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Tarantino “Unchained”: Django Trilogy 2012

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pp. 184-198

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 editor- in-chief, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The spaghetti Western–inspired...

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E-ISBN-13: 9781617038747
E-ISBN-10: 1621039722
Print-ISBN-13: 9781621039723

Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2013