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The Analysis Of Quentin Tarantino As A Director

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The Analysis of Quentin Tarantino as a Director

The director I have chosen to look at is Quentin Tarantino. His films
have achieved a cult ang global status and I dont think anyone is
going to argue that he is not an auteur. I am more interested in
examining his style and seeing how this makes him an auteur and if it
has changed when he was receiving a higher budget.

Tarantino was born in Noxville Tennessee on 27th march 1963. Tony
Tarantino, an actor and musician of Italian descent, and Connie McHugh
of half-Irish and half-Cherokee, who shortly after his birth married
musician Curt Zastoupil with whom Quentin would form a strong bond. He
attended kindergarten in San Gabriel Valley from 1968. In 1971 the
family moved to El Segundo, in the South Bay area of Los Angeles where
Tarantino attended Hawthorne Christian School. At the age of 22, he
wrote his first script, Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit.
Dropping out of Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California at the
age of sixteen, he went on to learn acting at the James Best Theatre
Company. In 1984, Tarantino started working at the Hermosa Beach Video
Archives in Manhattan where he struck up a friendship with fellow
worker Roger Avary with whom he would later collabarate. He continued
to study acting at Allen Garfield's Actors' Shelter in Beverly Hills
but began to concentrate mainly on script writing.He loved westerns
and his favourite was 'ride the whirlwind' directed by Monte Hellman
who later was an executive producer on reservoir dogs. He also loved
Rio Bravo (another western) which came out before he was born (1959)
and was directed by Haward hawks. His favourite directors include
Jean-Luc Goddard (Breathless and A band Apart), Martin Scorsese (Taxi
Driver), Brian de Palma (Blow out) and Sam Pekinpah (Sraw dogs and
bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia). Tarantino also admired chinese
martial arts and saw fury in the shaolin Temole (1979 Godfrey Ho)
which starred Chia Hui Liu Or better known as Gordon Liu. This story
is referred to by Bill (David Carradine) in Kill Bill vol. 2 when he
is telling Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman) about Pie Mei's massacre at the
shaolin Temple. Pie Mei is played by Gordon Liu in this film. He was
always the good guy fighting Pie Mei in his earlier films. He also
plays Johnny Mo in volume 1. Tarantino also used chinese martial arts
legend Sonny Chiba as Hattori Hanzo the swordmaker. Sonny Chiba was
the star in a t.v. series in Japan in the early 80's called "Hattori
Hanzo: Kage no Gundan."

These where Tarantinos influences as a youth and we can see how his
style starts to emerge. He was gripped as a viewer by the spectacleand
admiration of marshall arts that actors brought to the screen, the
shock of gore and violence that he saw in Pekinpahs films and the
exitement and way of drawing...

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