Analyzing the Success of Quentin Tarantino's Films

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Quentin Tarantino's films have helped to redefine cinema. His postmodern approach, creative writing, and extensive knowledge of films and music have helped Tarantino to develop a unique style that has allowed him to stand out among his peers. In Pulp Fiction (1994), Tarantino establishes several directorial trademarks that would come to be used in his later works and can clearly be seen throughout the film. Furthermore, Tarantino's use of mise-en-scene helps to strengthen and establish mood and setting. Tarantino not only directed Pulp Fiction (1994), but he also co-wrote the screenplay and played a role within the film. During the course of a film's production, a director is charged with guiding "the actors in performance, determines the staging of the action, supervises all aspects of shooting, and works with the producer, writer, and designer before production and with the film and sound editors after production to ensure consistency and excellence of the movie as well as the best possible use of personnel, materials, and resources provided by the producer" (Mast & Kawin, 2003, p. 681). Tarantino's hands on approach in making his films ensure that he is involved in many, if not all, aspects of the production of his films. There are also many others that contribute to the creation and production of a film including an art director and production designer. An art director can be defined as a person who "designs a movie's sets and décor" (Mast & Kawin, 2003, p. 678).

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