I steal from every single movie ever made. If my work has anything, it’s that I’m taking this from this and that from that and mixing them together. If people don’t like that, then tough titty, don’t go and see it, alright? I steal from everything. Great artists steal; they don’t do homages. – Quentin Tarantino, Empire Magazine
Nat Lee of Insider explores the films of Quentin Tarantino from the viewpoint of the director’s oft-quoted statement that he steals from other directors. Using juxtapositional techniques, Lee shows how Tarantino seamlessly blends the work of other directors and cinematic genres, particularly those he admires, into his own films. While some of these references are overt, Tarantino’s talent for visual storytelling makes it all appear original.
Tarantino’s references are often seamless and easy to miss because they enhance the scenes… ‘Reservoir Dogs’ is a pastiche of the gritty Hong Kong crime films and ‘Pulp Fiction’ is based on the unconventional French New Wave movement. ‘Jackie Brown’ bases itself off the 70s controversial blaxploitation films while ‘Kill Bill’ is reminiscent of the classical Japanese samurai and Chinese consul movies ‘Deathproof’ pays tribute to low-budget exploitation movies while ‘Inglorious Basterds’ references World War II cinema. His two most recent films ‘Django Unchained’ and ‘The Hateful Eight’ are modern takes of the Italian spaghetti westerns