Rome, 19 October 2021 – It is the day of Quentin Tarantino at the Rome Film Festival. And in the capital, the American director was hosted by a huge crowd. But the highlight came with the awarding of the Lifetime Achievement Award, received from Dario Argento in front of a room full of fans who cheered at every response, joke and clip sent to the big screen to pay tribute to the director. “You are not only the pride of American cinema – were the words of Argento – but also the pride of a part of the Italian cinema. I am so honored to give this award to one of the greatest talent in the world. Hurray Quentin Tarantino “.
Surprisingly, three videos with congratulatory messages from iconic actors of Tarantino’s cinematography arrived: Samuel Jackson, John Travolta and Christopher Waltz. In the long interview with Antonio Monda there are many topics: the ‘fake’ curriculum where Tarantino wrote that he had participated in two films by Romero and Godard; the desire to be an actor soon transformed into a passion for directing because “I wanted the film to be mine”; the memory of Ennio Morricone “my favorite composer, a real giant”. At the end ovation of a crazed audience that tried to reach him for autographs.
During the day, the director and writer had sent fans into an uproar, not excluding a Kill Bill 3: “I don’t know what the next film I’ll shoot will be – she declared -, maybe the one you suggested, Kill Bill III, I won’t rule it out”. Then, he helped to have new priorities in his life: “I wanted to have a son towards the end of my career, that’s why I haven’t had it before. Now all my priorities have changed a bit. “
Always passionate about Italian cinema, voracious devourer of films of all kinds, author of great works, from “hyenas“, a” Kill Bill“, from”pulp Fiction“a”Inglourious Basterds“, Quentin is much loved by his audience, but he had many detractors among the critics. The American director dwelt at length on the need to express himself without letting himself be influenced by criticisms. “You have to have the ability to accept that some people won’t like your film,” he said. “If the film becomes a topic of conversation, it expresses the spirit of the times, that’s fine: some will never like it but you don’t have to take it. Pulp fiction it has been the subject of great discussions and this is fine, it means that it has animated a debate “.
When asked which one movie or which person him would like to cancel answered very clearly: “The birth of a nation” of David Griffith, the silent film of 1915. “Not only is it a racist film, but it led to the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan – he said -. Griffith had been in the dock in Nuremberg, according to the principles of the trials that have had other defendants, he would surely have been guilty. I don’t want to kill anyone but there are people who if not born would have been better. ” And speaking of his film that has “re-read” the history of Nazism, “Inglourious Basterds”, I would say: “I did not decide to rewrite history, I did not have this research, but by writing I am trapped by myself and to get out I decided to kill Hitler “.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
But Tarantino has also reinvented himself in writing and has recently published his first novel, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, based on his latest film. “I grew up reading books that were based on films, in the seventies and eighties. – he explained -. This is definitely the lowest form of literature, but I had a lot of material about the characters in this film, which I had not included, and I was seemed the right choice “. Tarantino called this book “a novel that expands my film but also a novel about Hollywood”.
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