Quentin Tarantino is a famous filmmaker known for a particular style that has come to characterize his films. Tarantino’s most famous films are Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, and Inglorious Basterds. The style that has somewhat come to define Tarantino’s films adopts elements from grind house horror films, kung fu movies, Japanese samurai movies as well as the spaghetti westerns that were influenced by them. The combination of these genres helps create a certain aesthetic feel that is unique to his films. Tarantino draws heavily from the films that have influenced him and remixes shots, elements, themes, or anything he finds interesting and uses them as his own. This is video “Everything Is A Remix” focuses on Kill Bill vol. 1 and picks apart each reference Tarantino makes to the films that have influenced him.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/19469447″>Everything Is A Remix: KILL BILL</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/robgwilson”>robgwilson.com</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
It takes shots from Kill Bill and compares them side-by-side to the movie that Tarantino took it from. You don’t have to be familiar with either Kill Bill or the movie it’s referencing to be able to pick out the similarities, but it does help to have seen it because of how fast paced the video is. For example, the video starts out with comparing the Bruce Lee kung fu movie Game of Death to Kill Bill where both the main characters are wearing yellow jumpsuits. The video also points out musical similarities, at 3:45 in the video it shows how Tarantino used the same whistling song in Kill Bill as Twisted Nerve did, also, the sequence of shots in both films are very similar. Then starting around 4:20 the video goes on to show common themes Tarantino has created himself and used between his own films. One of the most noteworthy shots that Tarantino has coined comes at 5:09 and is the “trunk shot.” It’s used in almost every one of his films and shows the actors looking into a car trunk from the trunk’s perspective. I wouldn’t call what Tarantino is doing copying, ripping off, or plagiarizing. I would say that he is paying homage to the films that have influenced him. He is clearly a huge film buff, and has helped shaped the way he creates movies, and has helped bring in stylistic and memorable themes to a generation like mine that is unfamiliar with many of the films he is referencing. Others may disagree with that stance, but I think what he has done is a great way to pay respect to those that have influenced him.