Research Log – Quentin Tarantino – Basic History & Career

Basic History

Source: Wikipedia – Quentin Tarantino

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Description of Information Obtained: Dates, explanation of names, where he grew up, early non career work

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Quentin Tarantino was born on the 27th March 1963, in Tennessee of America. His father is Italian which is why his surname is of Italian origin. He was named after Quint Asper who was a character in the series Gunsmoke. He grew in the South Bay of Los Angeles with his mother. At the age of 14, he made a screenplay named ‘Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit’ about a pizza theft. At the age of 15 or 16, he dropped out of Narbonne High School in LA.

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Source: biography.com – Quentin Tarantino

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Description of Information Obtained: Education

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Quentin Tarantino dropped out of high school because he loathed it, but he enjoyed and did well in History because “History was cool and I did well there, because it was kind of like the movies”.

Career

Source: Wikipedia – Quentin Tarantino

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Description of Information Obtained: Career work

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The first film Tarantino wrote and directed was My Best Friend’s Birthday in 1987, but most of this work was burnt in a lab fire. However the screen play survived and formed the basis for True Romance. The first ever classic hit that Tarantino directed was Reservoir Dogs in 1992, and at the time Empire magazine called it the ‘Greatest Independent Film of All Time’, thus beginning the huge success streak of his career. Then, in 1994, he directed and released his infamous film Pulp Fiction. Pulp Fiction was a massive hit for Tarantino, and boosted his success hugely. It was a major success amongst critics and the audience, and Entertainment Weekly judged it the greatest film in their top 100 article in 2007. It has also been named ‘one of the most significant works of modern cinema’ by scholars and critics frequently, giving Tarantino a rather large name. After this, he directed Jackie Brown in 1997, an adaptation of a novel known as Rum Punch. Following this, came Kill Bill, which was split into two – Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2 in 2003 and 2004. Although split into two, Tarantino considers Kill Bill one work. The story revolved around kung-fu, and categorised as a ‘revenge flick’ and became hugely successful for Tarantino, following Pulp Fiction. In 2007, he co-directed with Friend Robert Rodrigruez a film named Death Proof. Then in 2009, he directed a film named Inglorious Basterds, which was about ‘the fictional alternate history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s political leadership’ which gained positive feedback. After this came in 2012 his highest grossing film so far, Django Unchained, which made 425 million dollars at the box office alone. It was very critically acclaimed. Then, the latest film he released, in 2015, was The Hateful Eight. It was released in ‘roadshow version December 25, 2015, in 70 mm film format, complete with opening “overture” and halfway-point intermission’.

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