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Tarantino burst onto the scene in 1992 with "Reservoir Dogs," creating a brand of hip-talking, hypnotically shot, ultraviolent indie cinema that reinvigorated mainstream American film and spawned many imitators. Now take a detailed look at the pictures Tarantino directed, the scripts of his made into films by other directors--including "True Romance" and the controversial, heavily rewritten "Natural Born Killers," and his other work, including both his episodes of "ER" and his projects as an actor, producer, and presenter. Explore the significance of the director''s use of favorite actors, anachronisms, borrowed music, and reference points, and how they relate to recurring themes such as heritage, personal responsibility, and redemption.
Quentin Tarantino’s hip-talking, ultra-violent indie cinema reinvigorated mainstream American film. Jim Smith’s essential guide looks in detail at Tarantino’s now world-famous works: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and the two-part Kill Bill. It also examines the scripts he wrote that were made into films by other directors (True Romance, Dusk Till Dawn, and the controversial Natural Born Killers), the episodes he wrote for NBC’s ER, and his projects as an actor, producer, and presenter. Smith explores in detail Tarantino’s novel use of favorite actors, his anachronisms, his borrowed music, and his recurring themes. An essential read for students, filmmakers, and fans.