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Quentin Tarantino’s cinematic influences are explored in depth in this fascinating video essay put together by the popular YouTube channel Now You See It.


Known as one of the most cine-literate directors of all time, Tarantino is famous for taking inspiration from all corners of the history of cinema. Stringing together footage from interviews, behind the scenes videos the films themselves, the essay explores in depth the director’s voracious appetite for cinema as a whole.

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Sections of the essay pull apart some iconic scenes – the dance-off between Uma Thurman and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction is revealed to be inspired by everything from a scene in the 60’s French film Bande à part to The Aristocats.


Other parts of the essay break down an entire film’s cinematic history. Django Unchained draws heavily from the Western genre, taking elements from its history and giving it a modern twist, and we see Tarantino lament the ending of the TV series Roots, in which the main villain was spared being punished for his actions – “You don’t have that problem in my movie” as he explains himself.

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