Presentation on theme: "Anissa Brown Quentin Tarantino. Early Life Born March 27, 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee to separated parents. His mother took him to the movies very often,"— Presentation transcript:
Early Life Born March 27, 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee to separated parents. His mother took him to the movies very often, one his favorite movies being "Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein" at age 6 Dropped out of school at age 15 to go to James Best Theatre Company full time His first job was at Manhattan Beach Video Archives, a video rental store, at age 22. He spent all day watching and discussing movies. He paid close attention to what was popular and different genres
Tarantino wrote his first script in 1987, "True Romance," which he later sold for $50,000. Directed by Tony Scott While taking acting classes he got small roles in movies "King Lear" by Jean Luc Godard and "Dawn of the Dead" by George A. Romero Tarantino wrote his second script "Natural Born Killers" in 1988, directed by Oliver Stone Using the money he wrote "Reservoir Dogs" He made it in black-and-white on 8mm with his friends in the lead roles
Big Break Tarantino's script reached producer Harvey Keitel, who raised more money for the film and helped Tarantino get it screened in the 1992 Sundance Film Festival Reservoir Dogs made almost $15 million dollars with a million dollar budget By 1994, Tarantino finished his third script, Pulp Fiction. When it hit theaters it was critically acclaimed and awarded 60 awards, including the Palm d'Or Pulp Fiction made over $200 million
Big Bomb Right after Pulp Fiction Tarantino co- directed Four Rooms with long-time friend, Robert Rodriguez, starring Tim Roth, his segment was called "The Man From Hollywood" It bombed, receiving poor reviews Tarantino wrote the script for Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn, but that received mixed reviews
Kill Bill is a two part series (Volume 1 and 2) released 2003-2004 Volume 1 won Saturn Award for Best Action Film and an Empire Award for Best Director, along with 10 other wins and 43 nominations Volume 2 was nominated for 2 Golden Globes, 9 awards and 39 nominations Inglourious Basterds in 2009 won an Oscar for Best Performance by actor Waltz, 75 other awards, and 63 more nominations
Controversy "Jackie Brown" in 1997 was Tarantino's homage to blaxploitation films of the 1970s, and an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel, Rum Punch. "Django Unchained" (2012) is a homage to spaghetti Westerns, featuring intense violence set in the deep South of the 1850s They are controversial because of the use of the n- word, as well as the humorous connotation to the gore in the latter film. Spike Lee, also a director, boycotts the newest film
Must-See #1: Reservoir Dogs Release Date: 1992 Starring: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi Plot: After a jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the remaining criminals try to figure out who is the rat in their midst Reservoir Dogs Trailer
Must See #2: Pulp Fiction Release Date: 1994 Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth Plot: The lives of a pair of bandits, a gangster's wife, a boxer, and two mob hit men are all intertwined Won 60 awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay,, and 46 nominations Trailer
Must-See #3: Jackie Brown Based on novel by Elmore Leonard Starring: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro Plot: A flight attendant is forced to help police take down an arms dealer after being caught smuggling thousands of dollars into the country. She then forms a plan to run off with the money. Nominated for over 15 awards, won 6, including the Golden Slate for Best Female Lead and Best Screenplay. Trailer
Must-See #4: Kill Bill Release Date: 2003 Starring: Uma Thurman, Lucy Lui, Vivica Fox Plot: Betrayed by the other members of an assassination league, a woman wakes up out of her coma and seeks revenge. This film was unique to the previous films because of the extensive use of Japanese and animation Trailer
Must-See #5: Inglourious Basterds Release Date: 2009 Starring: Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger Plot: In Nazi-occupied France, two plots to murder Nazi officials at a special premiere coincide. Trailer
Style Tarantino's movie are typically Dialogue heavy feature violence and gore in a humorous way heavily influenced by other movies/genres he likes (Western, Blaxploitation, Samurai, War movies, Anime) "I steal from other movies"
Frequently Used Actors Samuel L. Jackson Uma Thurman Harvey Keitel Tim Roth
Tarantino likes to take small roles in his own movies Mr.Brown in 'Reservoir Dogs' Jimmie in 'Pulp Fiction' Warren in 'Death Proof' Answering machine voice in 'Jackie Brown' Chester Rush in 'Four Rooms' Australian mining company worker in 'Django Unchained'
"The good ideas will survive." "When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, 'No, I went to films'" "I was kind of excited about going to jail the first time and I learnt some great dialogue" "I couldn't spell anything. I couldn't remember anything, but I could go to a movie and I knew who starred in it, who directed it, everything."