Episode 004: Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill”
A discussion of Quentin Tarantino’s 2003/2004 film, “Kill Bill”.
With the release of KILL BILL, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino sealed his reputation as a master of genre and pop culture in modern day cinema for a whole new generation. What was originally conceived as one film, its distributor, Miramax, found it fitting to separate the narrative into two volumes.
Volume one released in the fall of 2003, was a film that embraced its influences of samurai and anime films by creating a certain level of violence that some would consider excessive, while others considered it to be appropriate for the genre.
Juxtapose with volume two, released six months later in the spring of 2004, a film that took a shift into something more character based by taking its cues from Chop-Socky Kung-Fu flicks and Italian Westerns from the 1960s.
As one four hour+ film, KILL BILL would be Tarantino’s longest and most expansive film to date. Was KILL BILL an exercise in a filmmaking technic that emphasized genre? Or was KILL BILL an overblown, spectacle, not as good as the sum of its parts?
Quentin Tarantino’s KILL BILL is the subject of episode 4 of the AuteurCast….