Time Travel: Watch a 1h BBC Documentary About Tarantino Released in 1994
20 years ago, Quentin Tarantino came out of nowhere and surprised everybody with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, gaining worldwide attention and becoming the symbol of an “alternative” filmmaking movement. 20 years ago it was hard to know if Tarantino was more than a one trick pony director.
Today, Tarantino -who won the Academy Award for original best screenplay with Django Unchained– has proved that he is the unique, prolific and creative mind people thought they had discovered.
In 1994, after his Palme d’Or win at Cannes, when he was the director everybody was talking about, BBC released a one hour documentary summing up how this drop-out from school video clerk managed to direct his first feature with Harvey Keitel and kickstart his career.
If you’ve read Peter Biskind‘s excellent book Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film, you probably know the whole story in greater details but, watching this documentary that lacks perspective gives (paradoxically) another perspective to Tarantino’s story.
Just like Peter Jackson’s behind-the-scenes, shot genuinely when he was 25 and before he became ‘the-man-who-put-New-Zealand-on-the-biz-map’, the BBC Documentary shot this portrait of Tarantino when the man still had to explain that he was more than a guy paying homage to movies and playing with guns.
Last but not least, Sally Menke, Tarantino’s editor and long time collaborator up until her brutal death, appears in the third part of the documentary, talking about the ‘date’ scene from Pulp Fiction and how they went on about cutting it.
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