|Q.T.'s pictures are gorgeous mutations of style, genre, classics and cult
faves. Like James Joyce, who fished streams of language for meaning, Tarantino
"samples" eclectically from the well of cinema. No other working director takes
— and offers — such exuberant joy in the sheer sensuality of movies, reveling in
action choreography that transforms physical violence into modern dance and
abstract art; salty dialogue and the art of the yarn; bold color design, dynamic
composition and cutting; stylized performances; music as narrative bloodstream.
Gleefully fracturing chronology, he manipulates memory and immediacy into a new
species of narrative form — such as the shape of a woman's vengeance.
For Tarantino, style is signature, spelling out who you are and what you're
worth. When David Carradine's Bill, rising to meet his end,
drawls, "How do I look?" he's referencing an aesthetic that's a gloriously
profane form of morality. Looking good is, for Tarantino, the art of cinema.
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