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Why Tarantino matters

Christopher Tookey compares Tarantino's films with Evelyn Waugh's novels

By Christopher Tookey   10

In the past 12 months, I must have browsed through dozens of articles “celebrating” 100 years of cinema. Most read like funeral orations. They express either nostalgia for a vanished era of Hollywood elegance, or lament the demise of a promising art form.

One name is used, again and again, to signify everything that has gone wrong with modern movies: Quentin Tarantino. He has replaced Arnold Schwarzenegger as the iconic figure of the “new brutalism.” His films are slammed for plundering the ideas of others, for hiding within genre rather than confronting real life. Tarantino’s affection for sleaze is denounced…

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