Tarantino as a Classic Auteur Example

When considering the merit of the Auteur Theory, it is important to consider a concrete example that supports the concept, namely, Quentin Tarantino.  Throughout his career, Tarantino has had complete control over films and his heavily involved in every aspect of filmmaking. As for his aesthetics, Tarantino has a unique stylistic tone that cannot easily be matched. Known for long, intense dialogue, humorously dramatic violence, and frequently nonlinear scripts, Tarantino undoubtedly has a signature mark. A well known common theme throughout his films is the revenge plot, exemplified in films such as Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards, and Django Unchained, among others. Other recurring elements include: similar camera angles and shots (car trunk POV shots, mirror shots, close ups on lips and feet, etc.), the usage of black and white, violent awakenings, and dance scenes, Mexican standoffs, opening definitions, recurring props (samurai swords, record players, televisions) and more. Furthermore, Tarantino frequently uses the same cast members and technical crew. Some of the actors that have appeared in Tarantino films include Uma Therman, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Waltz, and Michael Madsen.  Tarantino himself has also had multiple cameos in his films, similar to Alfred Hitchcock in the past, but traditionally to a greater capacity.

Tarantino is able to produce significantly different and unique films each time he produces one while still maintaining common threads throughout, which not only elevates his status as both an outstanding director, screenwriter, and producer, but as an auteur as well. If looking for an example of a director being the true author of a film in support of the auteur theory, look no further than Quentin Tarantino.


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