Quentin Tarantino writes his own way. The magic that comes from his mind on the page won Tarantino two writing-based Oscars for the years 1994 pulp Fiction and 2012 Django Unchained. Some of his best ideas came on spur of the moment. Tarantino once revealed the fascinating way he suddenly came up with the idea of the well-received. Django Unchained.
Quentin Tarantino returns with “Inglourious Basterds”
Tarantino was unsure of himself after 2007 Proof of death. The film bombed the box office. Tarantino asked if his successful days were over. However, he decided to give 2009’s one more chance. Inglorious Basterds. The film went on to win the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Christoph Waltz and earned the film several other nominations.
Then Tarantino did Django Unchained. Inglorious Basterds seemed like a confidence booster, but Tarantino remained on his guard. Corn, Django Unchained came to him in the most organic way. Similar to Inglorious BasterdsTarantino knew he just needed to jump in and get the job done.
The idea for “Django Unchained” sprouted in a hotel room
Tarantino spoke to fellow filmmaker Robert Rodriguez in an interview on the El Rey Network. They talked about Tarantino’s filmography and his process of directing. Tarantino explained how he came up with Django Unchained in the most natural way.
“I had the idea of making a movie where the slave became the bounty hunter for a long time,” Tarantino said. “I even had the name Django Unchained for a long time, a long time, a long time. It just happened. I was doing the press on Inglorious Basterds all over the world, banging a drum on it.
Tarantino continued, “And one of the last areas we opened in theaters, commercially, was in Japan. Spaghetti westerns are still very popular in Japan. They call them macaroni westerns. They have almost all of the soundtracks available on DVD. And I find out that there is this one soundtrack store that only specializes in soundtracks. My kind of store. So I go there on my day off, buy a bunch of stuff. You know, it’s like Christmas in July. So happy. I grab a small record player, go back to my hotel room… just listen to the soundtracks.
“I’m just playing all these great composers,” Tarantino recalls. “[Ennio] Morricone, Riz Ortolani, Luis Bacalov, then the first scene literally what’s in the movie, the first scene from Django comes to me… And the next thing I know, I write it down.
Tarantino concluded, “I don’t even have my notebook or my shit with me. I’m just using the hotel stationery and in this feverish thing I’m writing that first scene. I make the characters talk to each other and I do everything. Boom. Felt similar to Inglorious Basterds thing. “Well, now I have to do it. It’s a great way to open a movie.
Django Unchained has an exceptional cast. Waltz’s performance was the only Oscar honored, but the cast has no shortage of stars. Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington all deliver wonderful performances.
Tarantino is known to have worked with former collaborators. He worked with Jackson more than any other actor. However, this should come as no surprise, as Tarantino once said that Jackson read his dialogue better than any other actor. It will be interesting to see who Tarantino gets on board to shoot his 10th and final feature film.
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