Hi. Sorry I haven’t been posting to this blog more consistently, I’m still interested in it. However, lately, I’ve been watching a lot of films written and directed by Quentin Tarantino– and since this article is about the man himself, I’m still hardly putting any effort into this blog. Just call me the king of blogging *he types from school classroom*.
There are many things you should know about Tarantino’s films, if you are a Tarantino virgin– but in summary, his films are characterized by non-linear storylines, interesting and off-the-wall dialogue, and blood. Lot’s of it. Sometimes even real blood. Ask Leonardo DiCaprio. Oh, and they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. But that’s a good thing. No one likes a catchall film. Ah– I see the problem with what I just said.
Tarantino’s writing has been subject to lots of discussion, ever since the first of his ‘eight films’ ‘Reservoir Dogs’ hit the screen in 1992. Although his films have been only vaguely historical at the best of times- there’s still a lot which can be said from the dialogue. Despite being notoriously graphic and bloody, the dialogue is approached with intelligence and is humorous, or sinister depending on the point in the story. He’s also not afraid to poke fun at various entities during his films, the best example of this being in Pulp Fiction, more specifically, Vincent and Jules’ conversations in their car and the infamous ‘Royale With Cheese’ conversation. And a strange obsession with Madonna, seriously. It’s a bit weird.
There’s also one key element of film which is often overlooked, and I had only recently thought about this: Food.
Aside from the topic of food (royale with cheese), real food is rarely used in filming. This is because most scenes require multiple takes. Even if you get the scene spot on, it needs to be re-shot from different angles for the final product. Because of this most food on-set is purely on-set food. Some shows such as dark comedy Inside Number Nine have even made reference to this, with the narrator pointing out how none of the actors were actually eating anything when around the table. Seriously, have a look next time you see an eating scene. However, you can probably guess where this is going. Even if you only just heard of Tarantino when you clicked on this article, you’ll probably know that he’s up to the challenge of getting actors to devour pancakes and apple strudels on set. No, that was no joke. The event that inspired me to write this was Christoph Waltz absolutely devouring an apple strudel in the film Inglorious Bastards– which I saw the other day. Perhaps it’s this element which helps give Tarantino films their distinctive ‘edge’.
So there you have it, something to add in your next student film. Of Corse, there’s much more that make Tarantino’s films his own, and you should definitely watch some of his films and try to identify more of them.
Furthermore, other films have used real eating, but none quite in the same way. In fact, I’m a little bit scared of apple strudels now…
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