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Italy hits back at Tarantino

QuentinTarantino.jpgQuentin Tarantino is taking more flack for his negative comments of Italian cinema as Italian stars and newspapers rally round their film industry.

We already heard that Sophia Loren was rather miffed at Tarantino, but now Marco Bellocchio, five-time Palme d'Or nominee in Cannes, has said that:

"Tarantino is a brute"

According to The Hollywood Reporter a few newspapers are also joining the fray:

...the left-wing daily L'Unita saying Tarantino was himself "mentally impaired."...The center-left daily La Repubblica, Italy's second-largest newspaper, said..."Tarantino is no longer the Tarantino that made 'Pulp Fiction,'"

Wow, he really is taking some flack, and now we know why. His original comments are also included in the article.

"New Italian cinema is just depressing," Tarantino said. "Recent films I've seen are all the same. They talk about boys growing up, or girls growing up, or couples having a crisis, or vacations of the mentally impaired."

Well I don't know enough about Italian cinema to say whether he's right or not, but the voices of Italy are speaking up in defence of their cinema. Perhaps it is time to question Tarantino, is he all he's cracked up to be, and does he have the standing to criticise Italian cinema like this?



He can say what he wants, but I don't recall any time that he's strayed from his safe little niche-genre. Saying other works are "all the same" is just hypocritical.

Once I see a Tarantino film that isn't another tribute to pulp cinema I may reassess my opinion. Until then he remains boring and predictable. This last little outburst isn't exactly winning any points with me either.

I don't like Tarantino. He's way too full of himself and believes he's so much more important to cinema and modern film than he really is. In my opinion, he hasn't done anything worthwhile since 1997's Jackie Brown. I actually despise the Kill Bill movies.

I agree with both previous comments. Who the hell is some niche yank director who hasn't done anything noteworthy in a decade, follows a predictable formula, and whose most famous works are the most overrated films of all time to talk about an entire countries film industry like that? No one. Hey Tarantino, ma vattelo a pigliare in culo. Vaffanculo!

directors do tend to tread the same ground in one way or another - sometimes you have to look hard to identify a film with a director, other times you don't, and it largely comes down to people rarely evolving dramatically over their lifetime to be seen as substantially different in one age from another as though they'd literally become another person. tarantino is no different - he's going to make films in a relatively similar fashion because he will always be tarantino. other directors have had longer careers doing stuff which looked far more like one another and not suffered that much from it.

i will say that the response to recent work does suggest tarantino's either becoming very familiar or predictable to an audience, or we're a bit wiser on the kinds of films he references or admires, i can certainly sense many now see his taste as relatively old school, stayed, or that his interpretation is perhaps a little cursory, based in the visual dynamics and happenings you see in good old genre movies, and not in understanding the more hidden dynamics of structuring, storytelling, cinematography, character styles or how these things represent the importance of contemporary local culture over foreign culture as a way of maintaining local business and creating local culture first and foremost; tarantino's variation on making films for a global audience before making for an american audience, perhaps...

or tarantino's showing a lot of his influences relate to a rampant period in his life and he's not finding that much new odd film to move onto watching, so perhaps he's stagnating by dismissing or failing to see what could inspire his riffing on others themes next, or he's showing that (as many believe) the kind of low-budget genre movie making that's very familiar to some has done what we all know it's done - it's the aspect of italian cinema (in particular) that's died off.

Hi, here is Davide from Italy where too much movies than never reach the screen and neither have an audience are financed with public money... so it's not a surprise a reaction like this from the ones that benefith from this system! Tarantino is not the same of Pulp Fiction, but when he talks about the kind of movies he describes (that are our national blockbuster at the box office) he's mainly right! And don't forget that his interview was released just the day before the release of Gridhouse.

well, I personally love Tarantino's work and hope he always stays in his niche. I take it as a favor from him that he hasn't gone the kevin smith route of making a "romantic comedy" or has such. I'm not knocking KS, i'm just saying it's kind of cool that a director has no bones about what kind of film he wants to make and makes it.

Where exactly do Italians get off telling Tarantino he hasn't the right to critique their cinema? Is there really anything wrong with that?

What I think is that when all is said and done, Italian Cinema will gain more exposure over all this flack, and they should be greatful for that.

People knock hollywood like it's the freaking plague, as anyone living on the planet knows. But you don't see hollywood actors reacting quite so knee jerkingly.

There is good cinema all around. Italians make great movies and produce some stunning talent. And so does hollywood from time to time. I think the quoted actors need to realize that this is all just opinion. And film is subjective. When you get right down to it, I don't recall Tarantino speaking very highly about hollywood either. he's kinda an outsider in the fact that he makes the kinds of films HE would like to go and see.

double post for a reason:

davide ( above poster ) kinda shed some light on the situation as to why the Italian stars reacted like they did, and I concede that they do have good reason for defending their art the way they did, as I probably would do the same thing...but they do have to realize that being critiqued by Tarantino WILL bring them some attention. Hopefully, positive.

Look I'm not saying that Tarantino just does the same movie over and over again. He HAS however worn a hole in the rug of the under-appreciated 70's films he bases all his stuff on. It's perfectly acceptable for him to have a recognizable style, but for God's sake try something different or original for a change instead of continuing to beat the same disco horse.

I personally would love to see what Tarantino would do with something like Metropolis. I doubt we'll ever see it though, and if we did he'd probably set it in the 70's once he realized he doesn't have the scope of vision required to tackle something out of his comfort zone.

What bothers me is that he never tries to out-do himself. He just pumps out the same crap we've seen a dozen times before.


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