A quarter-century after nabbing the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes for “Pulp Fiction,” Quentin Tarantino is back at the world’s top film festival on Tuesday to show his all-star new picture “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”, reports AFP.
The mastermind behind hits including “Reservoir Dogs” and the “Kill Bill” series, Tarantino, 56, is in Cannes to premiere his ninth movie, one of the festival’s most hotly-anticipated screenings.It’s a remarkable trajectory for the self-taught American director born in the southern state of Tennessee and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a high school dropout who developed an encyclopedic knowledge of movies while working in a video store.
“People ask me if I went to film school,” he told Rolling Stone magazine in 1994, the year “Pulp Fiction” changed the course of independent film. “And I tell them, ‘No, I went to films.’”
After his debut as a screenwriter, Tarantino’s name exploded onto the scene with his first feature film “Reservoir Dogs,” an extraordinarily violent, low-budget gangster movie that quickly became a cult smash.
Its popularity helped him forge his own image as a filmmaker, a blend of arrogance and reverence for the greats of the craft including Jean-Luc Godard, John Woo and Sergio Corbucci.