Quentin Tarantino: Natural Born (Southern) Killer
Quentin Tarantino, born on March 27, 1963, in Knoxville, Tennessee, exists technically as a southern filmmaker. The Oscar-winning director's strongest films, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Natural Born Killers, Jackie Brown and Death Proof contend as some of the most powerful films in the last 20 years.
Tarantino often uses southern names "Alabama" (True Romance), home states Tennessee (Bruce Willis' character in Pulp Fiction) and Texas along with below the Mason-Dixon line references (Death Proof) in his films. His storytelling employs a retrospective perspective. He also utilizes many of his gang of actor friends in his films, much like Sam Peckinpah. In Death Proof, Tarantino utilzed STAX artists in the soundtrack.
Tarantino's cinematic style often weaves references to southern culture in his films. In the coming weeks we will examine Tarantino's southern roots.