by Tom Shone
Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1963, Quentin Tarantino spent many Saturday evenings during his early youth accompanying his mom to the movies, unleashing a love of cinema that was, over the course of his life, to become all-consuming. Having left school at 15, Tarantino took a part-time job in a local video store. His first script took him four years: My Best Friend’s Birthday (1987) was a 70-minute film he both acted in and directed. Then he devised Reservoir Dogs (1992) with a script written in under four weeks. Tarantino was hailed as one of the most exciting new directorial talents. It was, he says, ‘the complete utter payoff for perseverance.’
Although Hollywood studios began offering him mainstream movies, instead, he went to Amsterdam and wrote Pulp Fiction (1994). Seven Oscar nominations, including a win for Best Screenplay, secured Tarantino’s reputation as a writer and director. Producing and acting credits kept him busy for the following few years, until in 1997 he adapted and directed Jackie Brown. Kill Bill (Vol.1 in 2003, and a year later Vol.2) followed, while in 2007 Grindhouse became the first movie that he wrote, acted in, produced and directed.
Inglourious Basterds in 2009 earned Tarantino eight Academy Award nominations. This was followed in 2012 by Django Unchained, which won him the Best Screenplay Oscar.
This stunning retrospective catalogues each of Quentin Tarantino’s movies, from My Best Friend’s Birthday to The Hateful Eight. The book is a tribute to a unique directing and writing talent, celebrating an uncompromising, passionate director’s enthralling career at the heart of cult filmmaking.
Author Tom Shone was the film critic for The Sunday Times from 1994 until he moved to New York in 1999. He is the author of three books, Blockbuster: How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Summer, In the Rooms and Martin Scorsese: A Retrospective. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the TLS, Intelligent Life, Areté, and Vogue. He is currently film critic at Newsweek and teaches film history and criticism at New York University.
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