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In Reply to: RE: What are the greatest beginnings in film? posted by BillH on June 29, 2020 at 08:00:24
Have to include INGLORIOUS BASTERDS ...
The steadily increasing tension between the farmer, harboring Jews under his floor, and the Nazi "Jew Hunter" is almost unbearable ...
As the SS officer makes veiled references to his daughters and "fresh milk" ... and the farmer breaks down and reveals the location of the people he is protecting.
And incredible scene, which like to many of Tarantino's, reaches and unbearable pitch before and explosive resolution ...
Like the scene with Clarance and Drexel in TRUE ROMANCE ...
And the party in the basement bar, also in INGLORIOUS BASTERDS ...
And the Hollywood Diner scene from Pulp Fiction.
Whatever one may think of Taratino's work overall, he has to be given credit as one of the great scene architects in film history.
'one of the great scene architects in film history'
of which style he neatly lifted from Sergio Leone; Tarantino admits this
all hail the spaghetti western!
True! Point taken!
Serio Leone was also a great scene architect, and DID have a flare for building a scene, and building tension.
Though, I would have to admit that Tarantinome was influenced by Leone, he was not beholden to him.
Taratino's frame of reference is broader, and his characterizations were broader, and his dialogue more engaging. There is also a kind of ironically comical dimension to his scenes ... and his plots, overall, more imaginative.
Wouldn't you say?
'and his dialogue more engaging'
well, they were spaghetti westerns after all, but yes I agree
Tarantino certainly wears many of his influences on his sleeve though
his Hitchcock like penchant for appearing in his own movies as well as the long moving shots into close-ups for instance
he is a modern maestro of synthesizing the hallmarks of good film making
that is undeniable
And so, we two, redoubtable film connoiserus that we are, agree. ;)
One other thing that makes Tarantino special: his understanding of his actors' abilities and on-screen personae. He rescued Travola's career. And his resurrrection of Micheal Parks in KILL BILL was inspired -- not to mention David Carradine (sp?). Has Christoper Walken ever been better than in THE WATCH scene in PULP FICTION?
' Has Christoper Walken ever been better than in ... ?'
yes, Joe Dirt!
kidding ... I think
I'd posit that Deer Hunter was top of form too
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