QUENTIN TARANTINO: THE ICONIC FILMMAKER AND HIS WORK / AUTHOR: IAN NATHAN / PUBLISHER: WHITE LION PUBLISHING / RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 24TH
With Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood currently receiving praise from fans and critics around the globe, Quentin Tarantino has only further cemented his spot as one of the greatest directors of his generation. For over 20 years now, Tarantino has delivered some truly stunning and utterly iconic pieces of cinema, and Once Upon a Time is just the latest of these offerings. And now, Ian Nathan has compiled Quentin Tarantino: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work for White Lion Publishing.
A glossy and sturdy read, Nathan goes deep on each and every film that QT has directed so far – the director’s latest feature included – and the author serves up behind-the-scenes titbits and background information that even the most ardent of Tarantino nuts may well not be aware of. But not just his directing work, for Nathan also looks at the films that Quentin had a hand in writing – True Romance, Natural Born Killers, From Dusk Till Dawn – and also the movies and life experiences that shaped Quentin Tarantino the man and Quentin Tarantino the filmmaker.
All of these films and topics are all classily accompanied by some fascinating images of Tarantino’s life and career, not to mention shots from the movies and people who inspired QT. And it’s here, with the stories of Tarantino’s early life and burgeoning love affair with the screen, that the book shines brightest. Then again, this is a read that’s brilliant from start to finish – it’s just that the peak behind the curtain of what made the young Quentin Tarantino tick is a marvellous way to get readers gripped to this book from the get-go.
Quentin Tarantino: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work is a gloriously presented book bursting at the seams with enough information and detail to make even the mercurial Tarantino himself dizzy. But not only is this a case of lavish style and plentiful words, though, for author Ian Nathan presents this overall package in a way that is informative yet engaging, deeply detailed yet never dull.
For fans of Quentin Tarantino – or simply of those who are fans of cinema, period – this is must-read that you’ll struggle to put down.