By: Nazia Adnin
Veteran film maker Quentin Tarantino is best known for his 8 unpredictable, violent films. Iconic movie characters like “The Bride”, “Col Hans Landa’, “Lt Aldo Raine” “Vincent Vega” and many more are created by Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino’s film making styles are very much expressed through his characters and motifs. He is an expert in using cinematic language in his works which are visually aesthetic.
Tarantino’s neo-noir crime thriller “Reservoir Dogs” is his break out film which was released in January, 1992. Tarantino used non- linear story telling technique in the film which established his own style of film making or genre. His next movie “Pulp Fiction” (1994) maintained aestheticization of violence as well as non –linear story lines. Tarantino appeared in and wrote the script for Rodriguez’s “From Dusk till Dawn” (1996). His third film was 1997 crime thriller “Jackie Brown.”
In early 2000s Tarentino wrote and direct highly stylized revenge flick “Kill Bill”. Volume 1 and volume 2 was released in 2003 and 2004 respectively. It was based on a character called The Bride and a plot that he and Kill Bill's lead actress Uma Thurman had developed during the making of Pulp Fiction.
Tarantino’s long awaited project “Inglourious Basterds” was released in 2009 to both positive critic reviews and box office success. After 3 years “Dijango Unchained” was released. It is a tribute movie to Spaghetti Westerns. His latest movie is “The Hateful Eight.” In recent years Tarantino has been active in the industry as a producer as well.
He has trademarked the trunk shot camera angle and used in every movie he directed. He frequently uses long takes and tracking shots. To emphasize the love and togetherness his use of 360 is remarkable. Tarantino has used “Black and White” sequences in couple of his films. They appear in “Kill Bill” and “Death Proof”.
Foot fetish, close of up of lips, map shots, dance scenes are few mention worthy motifs and elements that are found in Tarantino’s movies. These motifs along with other elements and distinctive camera angles create a new movie genre called “QT genre”.
Tarantino has bagged numerous awards and nominations throughout his life including two Academy awards, two Golden Globes, two BAFTA and the Palme d'Or. He was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time in 2005. In December 2015, Tarantino received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the film industry.
Quentin Tarantino is a maestro of this generation and truly an inspiring figure in the world of cinema. His contribution to the art form cannot be measured or described in words.