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Quentin Tarantino’s Latest Project Involves The New Hollywood Era, But He’s Not Revealing Much Yet

Quentin Tarantino, the famous American filmmaker, has earned a reputation for producing unconventional movies that don’t conform to mainstream cinema. The Reservoir Dogs director has been credited with creating masterpieces that have glamorized violence, with disrupted narratives, interspersed with satirical elements and western music. As a filmmaker, Tarantino has been influenced by spaghetti westerns like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Django, Once Upon a Time in the West and other movies that were different from mainstream Hollywood films of the 1960s.

The filmmaker has also been influenced by the New Hollywood era of cinema which saw the emergence of directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorcese, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Woody Allen, and Roman Polaski. In fact, Steven Spielberg was another ’70s director who established himself in Hollywood when he directed Jaws. Films produced in the New Hollywood period were entirely different from the family-oriented movies of the 1960s because of their liberal content and unconventional visuals.

Although Tarantino made his directorial debut in 1987 when he directed My Best Friend’s Birthday, the Pulp Fiction director is clearly enchanted with the New Hollywood era and has revealed that he plans to work on a project to be solely based on the glorious period of the late 1960s to early 1980s.

The moviemaker’s project will involve commentary and analysis of 15 groundbreaking movies that were considered important works in the New Hollywood era. Quentin Tarantino is keeping his fans in suspense because he’s yet to reveal any details about the project. According to Screen Crush, Tarantino hinted that his upcoming project might be a book, a podcast, or even a documentary.

“Am I going to write a book about it? Maybe. Am I going to do it as a six-part podcast? Maybe. Will I do a documentary about it? Maybe. I don’t know; I’m figuring it out.”

Tarantino believes that directors from the ’70s took significant risks when generating suspense and excitement by narrating their stories in unique and untested ways. According to Variety, the moviemaker believes the success of the ’70s experimental movies paved the way for the emergence of the American New Wave.

“What we think of as New Hollywood cinema that existed until at least 1976 was more fragile that I thought it was. That experiment could have died in 1970. It could have not worked. But ultimately it did.”

The Jackie Brown director gives particular credit to the directors and filmmakers of two films, M.A.S.H. and Five Easy Piece. The success of these two films played a key role in laying the foundations for other directors, like Francis Ford Coppola and William Friedkin, who directed legendary movies like The Godfather and The Exorcist.

According to Variety, Tarantino spoke about the failed attempts by some directors who wanted erotic cinema to find its rightful place in mainstream cinema.

“There was the promise in 1970 that eroticism in cinema would be taken out of the raincoat crowd, out of the pornography circuit and would actually achieve mainstream success. However, this promise was not fulfilled… Eroticism went back to porno and sexploitation again.”

It’s seems natural that Quentin Tarantino would be secretive about his project because he became a victim of piracy when the script of The Hateful Eight, his 2015 western movie, was illegally leaked before its release. GQ magazine reported that Quentin Tarantino was so worried about piracy that he vowed that he wouldn’t make the film.

However, Tarantino went on to direct the movie. Fans will need to keep waiting until the director shares details about his upcoming New Hollywood era project.

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