Anyone who’s ever seen a movie by boy-wonder Quentin Tarantino knows that the director has a very unique – often copied but never matched – style.
The quirky dialogues, the many pop-culture references, the winks and nods to other films and directors, the stylised violence, and the feet... Tarantino flicks are a hoot, no doubt about it.
And because we’re sure you’re looking for an excuse to watch them all over again, here are the top 10 things you didn’t know about Tarantino films.
Red Apple cigarettes
For Quentin Tarantino, there is only one brand of cigarettes worth smoking: Red Apple. Why? Because he made it up. Look for the Red Apple packs in Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2 and Death Proof.
Female feet fetish
Tarantino loves female feet. He’s obsessed with them. And that’s why he’ll try his best to have as many shots as possible of the feet of the actresses (and even extras) in his movies. Some of the actresses who have exposed their beautiful (and not so beautiful) feet in Tarantino movies are: Uma Thurman, Angela Jones, Jennifer Beals, Bridget Fonda, Lucy Liu, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Rosario Dawson, Zoe Bell, Mélanie Laurent.
All the girls in Kill Bill's Deadly Viper Assassination Squad are named after snakes and members of the Marvel Comics fictional organisation The Serpent Society – sworn enemies of Captain America.
Trunk with a view
One of Tarantino’s trademarks is the trunk shot: filming the action with the camera positioned inside the open trunk of a car. Tarantino didn’t invent the trunk-shot, but he has used it to great effect in most of his movies.
The Mexican tribute
Then name of the character Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz from Inglourious Basterds (played by Til Schweiger), is a tribute to a Mexican B-Movie actor with the same name who was particularly popular during the 70s and 80s. One of Hugo Stiglitz’s most “famous” movies is Tintorera, a British-Mexican killer-shark film that shamelessly cashed in on the success of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.
What’s the name of the movie?
Everyone knows that the name of Tarantino’s homage to Grindhouse films is Death Proof, right? So, how come then that, for about a second in the opening credits, the title on the screen is Quentin Tarantino’s Thunder Bolt? Well, Thunder Bolt was the original title for the movie, and Tarantino decided to have it pop up for a second as a tribute to all the Grindhouse films that had different names depending on the country and cinema where they were shown.
Please leave a message
Does the voice on Jackie’s answering machine in Jackie Brown sound familiar to you? Well, that’s because it belongs to Mr. Tarantino!
Walk the walk
All the actors who played criminals in Tarantino’s debut feature film, Reservoir Dogs, have spent time in jail. Talk about perfect casting.
Tarantino directed a short scene in Sin City as a return favour to director and friend Robert Rodriguez, who wrote some music for Kill Bill: Vol. 2. Both Rodriguez and Tarantino charged $1 for their services.
Dude, Where’s My Car?
In the Tarantino-directed segment “The Man from Hollywood” (from the movie Four Rooms), Chester (played by Tarantino himself) shows a magazine to Ted the Bellhop (Tim Roth). The car on the cover of the magazine is the same one that John Travolta’s character, Vincent Vega, drives in Pulp Fiction.