There are people who follow the created path and go on to become great, then there are people who create their own path and go on to become great, and that is very true of Quentin Tarantino.
A filmmaker, an academy award recipient for screen-writing, an actor, a director and a producer. The one responsible for delivering to the world some of the most regaling stories namely "True Romance", "Natural Born Killers", "Reservoir Dogs" (1992), "Pulp Fiction" (1994), "Jackie Brown" (1997), "Kill Bill: Volume 1" (2003), "Kill Bill: Volume 2" (2004), "Grindhouse" (2007), "Inglourious Basterds" (2009) and "
Django Unchained" (2012).
Born on March 27th, 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S. to Connie McHugh and Tony Tarantino, Quentin moved to California when he was 4 years old, Tony Tarantino left the family before Quentin’s birth. Movies were a fascination to him since childhood, which led him to prioritize films over school and studying. He eventually dropped the school and worked as an usher at an adult movie theatre, soon he started working on a video archive in Manhattan beach. Till this time, he had made friends with Robert Avary, who was another movie-lover. They even wrote a script together. While working at Video Archives, he also simultaneously wrote screenplays and played a role in "The Golden Girl". His first step towards his dreams was when he left Video Archives for pursuing a career in movies. He worked for a production company named Cinetel and later went on to sell the script of "True Romance" to director Tony Scott. He then made his directorial debut with "Reservoir Dogs" written by him. There’s one film that establishes a person in the industry and for Tarantino it was his first.
Then came the film that not only went on to become one of the most successful films, but also made the genre of violent thrillers synonymous with the Director and that definitely is an achievement. “Pulp Fiction”- it was a huge success both commercially and critically. It paved the way for the movies in the same genre for Tarantino. "Pulp Fiction" consisted of various stories in a link with each other connected by an enthralling plot. It did well in many festivals and also earned him seven Academy award nominations and won the Best Screenplay.
He worked on several films like "Jackie Brown" and "Four Rooms", after which he took a break from film-making, and diverted his energies to acting, which didn’t turn out well for him as he garnered many negative reviews for his performance. While he kept his chin up, he says it hurt.
He came back to business with "Kill Bill" which was released in two volumes and was a successful comeback. "Kill Bill" was an idea born when he was working with
Uma Thurman and left then, which later was brought back into motion with some encouragement from Uma. He dabbled in television after that and directed an episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" which earned him an Emmy award nomination. During his break, he had worked on a "world war-2" drama to which he couldn’t find an ending , it was now that he got back to it and "Inglourious Basterds" happened which fared with mixed reviews, while getting it 8 Academy awards nominations. In 2012, he came out with "Django Unchained" which was again a successful venture and in 2015, "
The Hateful Eight" came out with which he visited the western theme.
Tarantino as a person is the one with temper, which quite reflect onscreen. With the movies he makes, there is an expression of himself. He has chosen movies over everything, over school, over his personal life. In fact, he couldn’t balance a relationship because he feels movies are an all time devotion. His taste in movies very much reflects the person he is, he loved History in school, because he was enticed to stories. His mother once said that he used to write letters about the stories in which how he would kill her and feel bad about it. He has also unfazed by the critics as he feels that he writes better than them and the world has been audience to his pen. Every part of his persona can be linked to his work and the movies he makes.
Each one of the humans has a distinct personality, but a very few manage to express themselves and make a livelihood out of it. Among those very few is Quentin Tarantino.