Quentin Jerome Tarantino, American director, screenwriter and actor, is considered one of the most important artists in the history of cinema. He was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on March 27, 1963. Since he was a child, Quentin Tarantino has developed a wide cinema culture and he is a great fan of Italian cinema. Quentin Tarantino’s career as a film director started in 1987, with the black and white short film My Best Friend’s Birthday. In 1992 he directed his first feature film, Reservoir Dogs: in the film there were many references to the gangster style, whose themes and characters were re-interpreted by the director.
In 1994 he directed Pulp Fiction, which generated a proper cult around the director. The film script and the dialogues contained some of his most famous stylistic techniques, like the use of long takes and cameras filming from the ground. In 1997 he directed Jackie Brown, based upon Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch: his only film with a non-original screenplay. In 2003 he directed Kill Bill: Volume 1 and in 2004 Kill Bill: Volume 2. Despite the title repetition, the two films do not correspond.
Kill Bill is the first film to be thought for DVD and not for cinema. The plots of the two films are connected by anticipations and flashbacks: the narrative structure is able to go forward and backward, as if it were a tape.
In Grindhouse, directed in 2007, Tarantino paid tribute to B movies and Z movies - those films screened in suburban cinemas. In his films Tarantino alternates explicit movie quotes with allusions. The title Inglourious Basterds, from 2009, is a reference to the film The Inglorious Bastards, directed by Enzo Castellari in 1978. Quentin Tarantino is one of the most important and influential directors in the history of cinema. He has received some of the most important international awards: the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Festival, one Oscar, the Golden Globe and the National Board of Review award.