Quentin Tarantino’s BiographyQuentin Tarantino is an American director, screenwriter, and actor, mostly working in the independent (aka indie) film genre. His movies are popular; they also regularly get nominated for prestigious rewards, such as the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. Quentin’s directing style has many characteristic features: the way of shooting, nonlinear storylines, the content of the dialogues, an aestheticization of violence.
Early YearsQuentin Tarantino was born on March 27, 1963, in Knoxville. His mother, 15-year old Connie McHugh, finished school as an external student and was determined to officially gain independence from her parents. She thought that getting married would help her do that. She got married to Tony Tarantino, but the couple soon split up. Connie learned that she was pregnant after her ex-husband had left. Neither she nor her son ever attempted to find Tony.
Directing CareerTarantino’s directing debut on the big screen was the movie Reservoir Dogs (1991). Originally he didn’t plan on hiring famous actors for his movie, as he didn’t have the finances for that. The movie’s future was largely defined by the fact that Harvey Keitel read the script at the right time. He helped to draw the public’s attention to the project and played one of the leading roles himself.
By the time Quentin started working on Pulp Fiction (1994), his situation had improved. A whole range of famous actors played in the movie, and almost none of them had to be persuaded: John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson. Special scenes and dialogues were written for some of them. The director confirmed his love for references to popular culture and important events and facts from his own biography. Most of them are not Easter eggs, like with many other directors, but they became a natural part of the plot.
In Sin City (2005) Tarantino directed only a small part, paying back his unofficial debt to Robert Rodriguez for using his music in movies.
In total, it took Tarantino 10 years to write the script for Inglorious Bastards. He came up with an alternative story for World War Two, based on true events. Actors from different countries starred in the movie: Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Til Schweiger, Daniel Brühl. Once again, the theme of violence as a method to deal with problems when there is no other alternative comes to the forefront.
In 2018 the director was working on a movie about Charles Manson and his sect, the Manson Family. This movie, called Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, premiered in 2019, starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio (the director claims their duo to be the best since Robert Redford and Paul Newman) and Margot Robbie. There are a few characters in the core of the plot, although it is unknown exactly which events become part of the script. Perhaps there will be a place for Roman Polanski’s tragedy, whose pregnant wife was murdered by Manson’s people. Tarantino had to make adjustments in the process of filming. Burt Reynolds was approved for one of the roles, but the actor died unexpectedly from cardiac arrest. The director decided that he should be replaced with Bruce Dern.
Actor, Scriptwriter, ProducerQuentin’s career in cinema covers many different areas. Even before his debut as a director, he appeared in The Golden Girls (1985) with Betty White. Tarantino is prone to play episodic roles and cameo roles, including in his own movies.
Scriptwriting is another course of action in Tarantino’s career. Most of his scripts were written for his own movies, but at the beginning of his career, he had to shell scripts. Tarantino’s script was used in Tony Scott’s True Romance (1993), and Oliver Stone made so many changes to Quentin’s original script in Natural Born Killers (1994), that the screenwriter initially demanded that his name be removed from the titles. The selling of these two scripts is directly linked to the creation of Reservoir Dogs (1991) – originally there was too little money to film this debut movie.
As Tarantino gained popularity, and because he had good taste, he produced other movies as well (ones that he didn’t direct): Hostel (2005), Planet Terror (2007), Hell Ride (2008) and others. These movies are rather diverse in quality, level of acting skills, and other areas; however, their style is close to Quentin’s own.