Movies | October 23, 2016 5:00 am

Exploring Film References and Cinematography in Quentin Tarantino’s Movies

Director Quentin Tarantino has won much praise, and almost as much criticism, for his highly-referential style that calls back to cult films (specifically the noir, martial arts, and blaxploitation genres) from the 1960s and 1970s. In addition to cinematic allusions, his films have a unique set of shots that Tarantino draws upon to varying effect (as evidenced in the video below).


It turns out that his knowledge of cult cinema is even wider than we’d thought; this IndieWire video puts shots from Tarantino’s most famous movies side-by-side with scenes from the films that inspired them. Who knew that the infamous ear scene from Reservoir Dogs was actually a reference to Django (which Tarantino would reference again in Django Unchained), or that Kill Bill took ideas from Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell?

The video also reinforces how clever Tarantino is; these references aren’t just dropped into his movies for nostalgia points. Rather, they’re very carefully and mindfully placed, often in new contexts that resonate with new audiences that haven’t seen the source material.

Scroll below to watch the video, and prepare to have your mind blown.