With the recent release of his newest film “Django Unchained” the spotlight is once again firmly on the famed director Quentin Tarantino. His films have dazzled audiences for years and he shows no signs of slowing down. With classics such as “Pulp Fiction” and “Inglorious Basterds” to his name, there can be no doubt of his influence on the world of Hollywood.
In order to consider the path that Quentin Tarantino has cut through the heart of Hollywood it is important to consider the strange and fascinating path that he took through life in order to reach the lofty heights that he now stands at.
Born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1963, it was obvious from a young age that Quentin Tarantino had a love for movies. In junior high he attended drama classes and he actually dropped out of High School at age 15 to attend acting classes full-time at the James Best theater company.
After he left the acting school he became an employee at the Video Archives, a now-defunct movie rental store in Manhattan. It was there that he began to truly think about and discuss cinema as he worked with customers to find the best movie for them. He actually credits that store as providing the inspiration for him to become a director by saying that “When people ask me if I went to film school, I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.”
Quentin Tarantino’s big break came when he decided to put together an independent film by the name of “Reservoir Dogs.” This film originally only had a budget of $30,000. However, when actor Harvey Keitel became involved, the budget got bumped up to $1.5 million. This heist movie was showcased at the Sundance Film Festival and became a sleeper hit making over $2 million in the U.S. and over $6 million in the UK.
Considered one of the most ambitious independent films in memory, “Reservoir Dogs” received an outpouring of critical acclaim. Dozens of critics loved its original style and subject matter and “Empire” magazine has it listed as one of the top 500 films of all time. This movie launched Quentin Tarantino from relative obscurity to famous director overnight and Hollywood itself opened its arms to greet him.
After “Reservoir Dogs” huge success, Quentin Tarantino has directed many more big-budget blockbusters from “Pulp Fiction” to “Kill Bill.” His films are always incredibly popular, shattering box office records. From one small-budget movie called “Reservoir Dogs”, Quentin Tarantino has created a lasting film legacy that is sure to remain popular for many years to come thanks to his unique directing skills and mature subject matter.
With many of his films considered the best of modern American filmmaking, his legacy for time is ensured and with many years left before him, there is no doubt that many more thought-provoking blockbusters are sure to follow. We can only look forward to see what incredible story he decides to show us next.