After seeing Pulp Fiction I swore never to watch any more of Quentin Tarantino’s films, seeing them as vehicles for him to indulge his personal fantasies of violence and the use of racist language, especially the N-word. However I am aware of many fans of his who claimed that he was some kind of genius filmmaker and that I was just not getting it. One of these was a highly respected professor of film at my university. When I wrote about his films five years ago, some readers of this blog tried to explain to me why he was good. I was not convinced.
Now new disclosures about him by Uma Thurman that he placed her life in danger by having her do an unsafe car stunt that caused her to crash have brought to light other ugly things about him
The director also responded to suggestions that he personally performed some of the more controversial and violent actions in his films, including spitting on Thurman’s face and choking her with a chain, by explaining that it was a matter of “taking responsibility” for tricky shots. He detailed an incident during the filming of Inglourious Basterds in which he asked actor Diana Kruger whether he could personally strangle her in order to get the right shot.
“That was an issue of me asking the actress, can we do this to get a realistic effect,” he said. “And she agreed with it, she knew it would look good and she trusted me to do it. I would ask a guy the same thing. In fact, I would probably be more insistent with a guy.”
‘Taking responsibility’? That’s what he calls it? To me it looks like he enjoys abusing women.
He even defended Roman Polanski from the undeniable charge of rape, saying that having sex with a 13-year old, as Polanski has admitted to doing, did not in his mind constitute rape because it was not violently done. He also gave a weasely reason as to why he did not do anything about his collaborator Harvey Weinstein’s abuses.
These things confirm my initial impression that he is some kind of sociopath and being a film director enables him to indulge his fantasies. This repost of a cartoon captures my feelings about him.