“Director Profile: Quentin Tarantino” by Daniel Rester

“Director Profile: Quentin Tarantino” by Daniel Rester

 

Name: Quentin Jerome Tarantino

Birthday: March 27, 1963 (age 49)

Main Directorial Efforts: My Best Friend’s Birthday (1987), Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004), Death Proof (2007), Inglourious Basterds (2009), Django Unchained (2012)

Films you must see before you die: Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction

Quick Facts to Know:

  • Parents separated before his birth, so he was raised by his mother.
  • Named after Burt Reynold’s character Quint Asper from “Gunsmoke.”
  • Met Roger Avary while working at Video Archives in Manhattan Beach in the 80s.
  • Played an Elvis impersonator on an episode of “The Golden Girls.”
  • First directorial effort was My Best Friend’s Birthday, not Reservoir Dogs.
  • Wrote the scripts for, but did not direct, True Romance and Natural Born Killers.
  • Shook up Sundance in 1992 with Reservoir Dogs – though the film didn’t reach major popularity till later years.
  • Pulp Fiction made him one of the most influential directors of modern cinema and won him an Oscar for Original Screenplay.
  • Has been nominated for the Best Director Oscar twice (no wins), for Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds.
  • Known for films that touch on multiple genres, have offbeat characters, come with flavorful and humorous dialogue, and show lots of bloody and stylish violence.

Famous Quotes:

  • “I don’t believe in elitism. I don’t think the audience is this dumb person lower than me. I am the audience.”
  • “I steal from every movie ever made.”
  • “I want to top expectations. I want to blow you away.”

 

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