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Quentin Tarantino: Life at the Extremes (Modern Filmmakers) [Kindle Edition]

Aaron Barlow

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Quentin Tarantino: Life at the Extremes explores the uses of violence in the films Tarantino has written, directed, and produced. Arguing that extreme violence is central to Tarantino's art, the book helps readers understand its purpose in his films—as metaphor, as movement, and as motivation. For Tarantino, the book explains, violence serves the purposes of film. In each of his movies, he explores the boundaries of taste and audience reaction, using violence and shock to bring questions of responsibility and expectation to the forefront of discussions on cinema.

After introductory chapters placing Tarantino and his films within the broader context of American cinema, author Aaron Barlow focuses on Tarantino's six major directorial efforts. Each film is discussed from its genre starting point and the differing directions the films take are explored, as are the structural elements. In the end, readers will see how Tarantino deliberately pushes film in new directions through old techniques, styles, and even actors, crafting original art from what others have discarded.

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"Arguing that extreme violence is central to Tarantino's art, the book helps readers understand its purpose in his films-as metaphor, as movement, and as motivation." - Stevo's Book Reviews "Anyone who enjoys Tarantino's movies and wants a greater context to place them in ... or simply would like to share in the enthusiasm of a knowledgable narrator while thinking about issues such as violence in film and how we react to it would find it well worth their time to peruse the book." - Zaptown "Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers." - Choice

About the Author

Aaron Barlow, PhD, teaches writing at New York City College of Technology at the City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2136 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (23 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HD577W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,129,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is violence in our lives every day. 3 Jun. 2010
By FCEtier - Published on
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"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." says Bob Dylan.

"You don't need a movie critic to tell you if you like a movie." says Bob Etier.

If you agree with my two favorite "Bob's", then you might just as well take a pass on the first three chapters of Quentin Tarantino -- Life at the Extremes by Aaron Barlow. I read them all (for the review of course) -- and learned a great deal. Some people compliantly take their prescriptions for years and enjoy the benefits thereof. Others want to know how the drug works in their bodies to provide those benefits. They do their research and discover that a bit of basic anatomy and pharmacology are needed to get their answers. Some people enjoy Tarantino's movies and are pleased with the entertainment. Others want to know "Why is it good?" or "Why does it appeal to me so much?". If you fall into the latter category, then this is the book for you!

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Analysis of Tarantino's Films 25 Aug. 2012
By Arash Farzaneh - Published on
Aaron Barlow's book contains interesting views and interpretations of Tarantino's work. It is well-written and contains a wealth of information about film-making and the idiosyncrasies of the writer / director Tarantino. A definite treat for anybody who likes movies.
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected. 5 April 2011
By Richard J Stachura - Published on
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It's not really a Bio type of book. It's a writer's interpretation of Tarantino's films. Basically a much of babling.
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