Films of Quentin Tarantino
Filmsof Quentin Tarantino
Inthe movie industry, many movie directors have come with unique stylesin outlining certain aspects that they want the audience to embraceor get educated from. Apparently, Quentin Tarantino is one of thegreatest movie directors who uses a unique style in outlining thethemes of slavery, violence, love and revenge all in a cocktailhumorous style. Tarantino seems to have derived his inspiration fromdifferent genres and films. He has produced a number of movies suchas Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brownand From Dust to Dawn among others. He seems to use juxtapositionfrom his previous works to compile an extraordinary movie, DjangoUnchained in 2012 (Miernik and Patryk)
Themovie is about a slave by the name Django who had been enslaved atTexas and he soon meets Dr. King Schultz who was a bounty hunter.Considering this as a lucky day, Schultz kills Django`s masters after‘buying` him. Django and Schultz become partners as Django knew thepeople that Schultz was hunting, in exchange for Schultz helpingDjango find his wife, Broomhilda, an enslaved woman by Calvin Candie,a tycoon and plantation owner (Miernik and Patryk). A lot of violenceis seen in the movie as Schultz kills his bounty targets while Djangotries to rescue and free his wife from Candie. Among one of hisspecial features in the movie, Tarantino uses music in every scene asa way of provoking emotions of the audience in respect to the scenein play, that is, music for supporting love, violence, empathy oreven humor (Gates and Louis).
Justlike in some of his other movies, such as Jackie Brown, Tarantinouses Juxtaposition whereby he presents a serious theme of slavery andviolence but neutralizes it by combining some humor to it. He alsoexpresses duo brands of violence which he presents as the violencetowards slaves and general violence among people irrespective oftheir social classes (Adilifu). He uses humor to make the audiencecalm after a serious or horrific scene such as the one of Klanwanting to kill a negro just because he was free and the same scenetransforms to a scenario where the Klan are having fights amongthemselves complaining that it was hard to see through their masks. Amovie by the titled Mandingo (1975) may have also inspired theItalian movie director into taming Django Unchained which had beenproduced in 1966 and depicted the West as very brutal (Gates andLouis). A black man is used as the protagonist in contrast to theexpectations of the audience as a white man was expected to play thelead actor as the times of the movie setting may have dictated so.Generally, most of Tarantino`s movies depict violence, but he tendsto add humor to it and thus juxtaposition seems like one of hiscommon features.
Theempowering of the black population has not only been used in DjangoUnchained but also in his other movies as ‘Jackie Brown` via thetheme of slavery (Adilifu). Most films, such as `12 Years a Slave` byMcQueen, tends to use victimization on slavery but Tarantino reversesthe role and uses slavery in a way that shows heroism. The effect ofhis movies seems to evoke emotions of his critics, such as Spike Leewho claimed that Tarantino was a racist for using the word ‘Nigger`too many times in the movie (Miernik and Patryk). However, andinterestingly, as a result of the humor that he puts in the entirefilm, most of the audience appreciate his unique style of the DjangoUnchained among other movies that he has directed. He shows racialinsensitivity even though he is not a racist and this aspect of beingexclusive has made his films admirable and unique thus capturing theaudience in a special way.
Themovie industry has its ups and downs and the directors of the filmsbeing produced tend to bear the burden. However, as for QuentinTarantino, he has stood out exceptionally by using unique approachesthat have made his films famous, popular and even evoking theemotions of his critics but still remaining one of the best filmdirectors with unique styles of production (Gates and Louis). Theproduction of Django Unchained is a manifestation of his unique filmart mastery that has been shown by few directors. He has used hisfilms to communicate his themes while still adding some comic andhumor to his films, be there violence or not in some scenes.Therefore, the ‘` remain a dominant forceto reckon in the movie industry.
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Miernik,Patryk. "Django Unchained Quentin Tarantino." Estetyka iKrytyka 33.2 (2014): 141-148.
Nama,Adilifu. Race on the QT: Blackness and the Films of QuentinTarantino. University of Texas Press, 2015.
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