Quentin Tarantino He is one of the most well-known and admired (and, of course, the most controversial) filmmakers of his generation, and of course, he also has a very special narrative and visual style in filmmaking, which has been admired by critics and moviegoers for years. He also has a series of tricks that he uses in all his films and we see these tricks and special procedures repeated in all his films. Tarantino’s career as a filmmaker began in 1992 with the crime drama Reservoir Dogs began to become a classic in independent cinema.
But Tarantino’s big success two years later with the film Pulp Fiction It happened that it is still known as the best film work of this outstanding director. Since then, Tarantino has used a variety of genres in his films; of martial arts in both films Kill Bill to the slasher in Death Proof and even alternate versions of real historical events in Inglourious Basterds and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Although Tarantino does not limit himself to one genre, each of his films has distinctive elements that make it a Tarantino film, and these special elements have become so popular that audiences seek to find them in his films. They are the director, tricks that we will introduce you to 8 of them.
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8- Pictures from inside the trunk of cars
A trunk shot is a camera angle where footage is taken from inside the trunk of a car, a trick that has become a signature element in Quentin Tarantino’s films. He first used this trick in the movie Barn dogs used, in the sequence where Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) and Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) are looking at Officer Marvin Nash, who is captured by Blonde, handcuffed and in the trunk The car is placed.
Shooting characters from a low angle is a way to show dominance, dominance, and power, whether they’re looking at a kidnapped police officer, the weapons they’re holding (Pulp Fiction(or a Nazi soldier who wants to make a permanent scar on his forehead)Inglourious Basterds). In the movie Death Proof, we see a twist in the image from inside the trunk when the image of Kim and Zoe Bell’s characters is shown from inside the hood of the car, while in Once upon a time in Hollywoodthis trick is generally ignored.
Food sequences and references can be seen in all of Quentin Tarantino’s films, and of course there is a narrative reason for this trend. Sequences such as the opening sequence of the movie “Barn Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction”, while the team of characters are eating breakfast in the first movie and eating honey bunny and pumpkin pies in the next movie, the role of the characters in the story as well as its characters. reveals, sequences that refer to the thieves’ view of the world, what they are doing, as well as Honey Bunny and Pumpkin being psychopaths. The famous “Royal Cheese” sequence in the movie Pulp Fiction also refers to the characters of Jules Winfield and Vicente Vega, and in Django Unchained It’s also during dinner at Calvin Kennedy’s house that something big happens, and of course his rotten tooth is the result of too much sugar.
Another iconic food scene still debated by film experts is the diner scene in Inglourious Basterds, where Hans Landa’s character is interrogating Shoshana, serving an apple strudel with cream for both of them and a bottle of milk for The girl orders. This sequence is one of the most suspenseful sequences in the film as Landa seems to realize Shoshana’s Jewishness and true identity, and the food is also a key symbol that shows Landa’s power over the person she is talking to. Another sequence where Tarantino demonstrates power and control through food is in Pulp Fiction, where Jules bites into Burt’s large hamburger and drinks some of his soda.
One of the most controversial and controversial elements of Tarantino’s films is that he always finds at least a strange way to show the feet of female characters. Tarantino did not mention the potential meaning of this trick or the reason for the pre-shots of the legs of the female characters in his films, saying that he did not take them seriously and that “there are many legs in many films of good directors”. So maybe this is just another trick that Tarantino has inspired from other filmmakers. But in some cases, the shots of the feet of the female characters have specific reasons, for example in the movie Death Proof when Mike McKay touches and licks the foot of the character Abtani Rus, it shows that he is a hunter of women and in Inglourious Basterds also asks Hans Landa to put his foot on her foot when he wants to prove that the shoe he found in the cafe belongs to Bridget von Hamrasmarck’s character.
5- Violence and bloodshed
Of course, the most controversial and controversial element in Tarantino’s films is the sometimes excessive use of violence and bloodshed. The specific violence of Tarantino’s films can be seen as his specific style of filmmaking, and he himself says that “in films, violence is funny”. Violence and bloodshed appear in all of Quentin Tarantino’s films, but some more than others (Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained have the most murder and bloodshed), but his less violent films, such as Jackie Brown, also contain significant amounts of violence. are.
4- Regular colleagues
Like many other filmmakers, Quentin Tarantino has a long list of regular collaborators, so much so that when he talks about a new film project, it’s quick to hear speculation that some of the regulars will be in his film. The interesting thing is that the actor who played in most of Tarantino’s films is Samuel L. Jackson, who appeared in Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Volume 2 (which are both considered as one film), Inglourious Basterds (in which is the narrator), Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight have been present. Michael Madsen, Harvey Keitel and Uma Thurman are among the other actors who have played in several films made by Tarantino.
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3- Fake brands
Quentin Tarantino uses fake brands in most of his movies, and these brands have become part of the Easter eggs that fans look for in his new projects. The first is the Big Kahuna Burger brand, which was first seen in the movie Barn Dogs, and this is where Mr. Blonde gets his drink, but the brand’s most lasting appearance is in the movie Pulp Fiction, in the sequence shown above. Cue, where Jules tries to scare Brett and takes a bite of his burger. Another brand that appears in almost all of Tarantino’s films is Red Apple Cigarettes, which is shown in Pulp Fiction on the table of Honey Bunny and Pumpkin, and later as the favorite brand of Maya Wallace’s character. The brand is also featured in the end credits sequence of Once Upon a Time in Red Hollywood, where Rick Dalton stars in a promotional video for the brand.
2- References to other movies
Quentin Tarantino has been very honest about taking inspiration from other movies to write his screenplays, but sometimes these inspirations and references have led to accusations of plagiarism. For example, the movie “Barn Dogs” took part of its narrative from the movie “Kansas City Confidential” made in 1952, the characters were inspired by the colors named from the movie “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” made in 1974, and the final minutes of the movie are also similar. The movie City on Fir was made in 1987. Other examples include the famous dance sequence in Pulp Fiction, which was inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s Bande à Part, and Django Unchained, which clearly drew inspiration from the 1975 film Mandingo. Also, in both Kill Bill films, you can see elements borrowed from the films Game of Death, Lady Snowblood, and The Bride Wore Black.
1- The world of Tarantino’s films
In addition to references to other films, Quentin Tarantino’s works also contain references to his previous films because all of his films are part of a common universe. Tarantino’s shared cinematic world is divided into two levels: the “realer than real” world (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood) and the “movie within a movie” world. (Both Kill Bill and Death Proof) where the second part is about the movies that the characters in the first level movies are watching.
For this reason, some characters are seen in different Tarantino films (such as Earl and Edgar McGraw) and other characters are also related; For example, in the case of Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction and Blonde/Vic Wah in Barn Dogs, or Jamie Dimmick and Mr. White. Tarantino’s 10th and perhaps last film will undoubtedly have connections to its relevant level in his shared cinematic world, and will undoubtedly feature some of his regular co-stars and some of the tricks we mentioned above.