Cracking Quentin Tarantino’s Universe
December 16, 2011 7 Comments
If you are a big Tarantino fan, you probably have realized that all of his movies (directed, written or both) are a vast interlocking parallel reality.
Ranging from Pulp Fiction all the way to From Dusk Till Dawn, Tarantino offers a variety of exciting movies that in some way interlock with each other.
His style has become very popular in the Entertainment business, and young directors are following it. Everyone knows him for directing out of sequence. He starts his movie off at the end, and then he leaves you hanging off a cliff when the movie ends up where it began( Pulp Fiction and the unknown suitcase). Everything that he does is basically the complete opposite of what other directors do, and this is what makes him so successful.
Even his camera angles are different. For example, my favorite angle that he uses is from inside the trunk of a car. He uses this camera angle in at least three of his movies. If you have seen Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, you probably remember these scenes very distinctively because of their uniqueness.
Now let me focus on the interlocking universe within his movies.
1. Characters are related, but they are in different movies
I’m sure all of you remember John Travolta’s character in Pulp Fiction named Vincent Vega. He was a bad-ass partnered up
with (Samuel Jackson) in search of a suitcase that was stolen. Tarantino explained in an interview that Vincent Vega is Vic Vegas brother.
Vic Vega was one of the characters in his movie Reservoir Dogs. Every other character’s code name (Mr.Pink Mr.White etc.) was used distinctively, but not Vic’s. Everyone who saw this movie probably remembers the name Vic Vega more than any other name.
This was Tarantino’s way of planning out his connections in both of these movies.
One of his newest movies called Inglorious Bastards has completed another connection. Tarantino made it clear that The “Bear Jew” Donny Donowitz was the father of Lee Donowitz from his earlier movie True Romance.
2. The same actors play different roles in different movies, but in an IRONIC way.
My favorite example of this is how he used actor Steve Buscemi in two of his films. Buscemi played “Mr.Pink” in Reservoir Dogs. In a famous scene, Mr.Pink is chastised for not tipping the waiter in a restaurant.
One day while watching Pulp Fiction for the 100th time, I realized that Steve Buscemi ironically played the waiter in the scene where John Travolta and Uma Thurman are on a date. I believe Tarantino did this on purpose for his true fans to catch.
3. Tarantino sticks with old fashion accessories
You will never see a CD player or DVD player in any of his movies. He stays loyal to Cassette players and record players. For example, in Pulp Fiction, Mia (Uma Thurman) is seen putting the needle on a record player. This exact scene also happened in the movie Jackie Brown. All of his movies take place in the past, and it seems like he will never upgrade to the new technology. I honestly like this style of directing.
4. Some of his movies share the same quotes
“Are we absolutely clear on rule number one?”
This line is used by Buck in Kill Bill Volume 1, and it is also used by Seth Gecko from the movie From Dusk Till Dawn. The scenes that these quotes are used in are very popular scenes, and once again I believe Tarantino did this for his true fans to realize. It may not seem relevant to his directing universe, but it is one of his main methods of connecting his movies.
“Okay ramblers lets get rambling!”
This is another line from the movie From Dusk till Dawn, and it is used in the exact same way in the movie Reservoir Dogs. Mr.Pink screams this at a meeting with the other Reservoir Dogs in a very intense scene.
I’m sure there are a lot more examples of how Quentin Tarantino connects his movies in his own universe. His methods of directing are so unique and it really makes him stand out.
When I listed my top 10 favorite movies, I realized he directed 5 of them (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill volume 1 and Inglorious Bastards)
His talent is unbelievable, and I suggest that everyone take time out to watch ALL of his movies.