Just before making his first feature, Quentin Tarantino shot a long-take dialogue sequence at a Sundance workshop and showed it to three veteran directors; they all thought it stank. The next week, a new group of directors came in; this time there were raves for the same sequence. Tarantino says this taught him an important lesson: “People are gonna really like my stuff or really not, so get f—in’ used to it.” Enough people really liked Reservoir Dogs‘ crime-caper machismo — all the long coats and long takes, the ornate argot and the ear-cutting scene — to set QT on his epic Pulp Fiction, unquestionably the definitive movie of the ’90s, which grossed $100 million at home and another $100 million abroad. Not bad for a video savant.
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