Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino

Mar. 27th, 1963
Born in
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
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In January of 1992, Reservoir Dogs (1992) appeared at the Sundance Film Festival, by first-time writer-director Quentin Tarantino. The film garnered critical acclaim and the director became a legend immediately. Two years later, he followed up Dogs success with _Pulp Fiction (1994) which premiered at the Cannes film festival, winning the coveted Palme D'Or Award. At the 1995 Academy Awards, it was nominated for the best picture, best director and best original screenplay. Tarantino and writing partner 'Roger Avary' came away with the award only for best original screenplay. In 1995, Tarantino directed one fourth of the anthology _Four Rooms (1995) with friends and fellow auteurs 'Alexandre Rockwell', 'Robert Rodriguez (I)' and 'Allison Anders'. The film opened on December 25th in the United States to very weak reviews. Tarantino's next film was _From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), a vampire/crime story which he wrote and co-starred with 'George Clooney'. The film did fairly well theatrically.

  • His mother was born in Tennessee on September 3, 1946, She is the adopted daughter of Ellis and Elizabeth (Betty) Shaffer.
  • Is listed in the acknowledgments of actor 'Ethan Hawke' (qv)'s novel, Ash Wednesday.
  • Has stated that he would like to make and star in a film telling the story of John Brown, the abolitionist.
  • Although he uses both elements in his films, he strongly detests violence and drugs.
  • Ranked #81 on Premiere's 2004 annual Power 100 List. He was unranked in 2003.
  • In the last Sight & Sound Greatest Films Poll (2002), he listed his Top Ten films as: _Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (1966)_ (qv) (aka "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," Leone), _Rio Bravo (1959)_ (qv) (Hawks), _Taxi Driver (1976)_ (qv) (Scorsese), _His Girl Friday (1940)_ (qv) (Hawks), _Rolling Thunder (1977)_ (qv) (Flynn), _They All Laughed (1981)_ (qv) (Bogdanovich), _The Great Escape (1963)_ (qv) (J. Sturges), _Carrie (1976)_ (qv) (De Palma), _Coffy (1973)_ (qv) (Hill), _Dazed and Confused (1993)_ (qv) (Linklater), _Tian xia di yi quan (1973)_ (aka "Five Fingers of Death," Chang) and _Hi Diddle Diddle (1943)_ (qv) (Stone).
  • Has stated that he would like to direct a James Bond movie at some point in his career.
  • Often references numerous attributes of the works of 'Jean-Luc Godard' (qv), particularly in _Pulp Fiction (1994)_ (qv). The disjointed structure of _Pulp Fiction (1994)_ (qv) may itself be an homage to Godard's use of jump cuts in _ bout de souffle (1960)_ (qv) (Breathless), the film that launched the French New Wave of cinema.

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