Quentin Tarantino is able to talk about his work in a way that excites me more than any other filmmaker. He has a confidence in his abilities which I’ve heard many people misconstrue as arrogance, but which, as someone who is an aspiring writer, I know to be something very different.
When you listen to a wannabe creative speak about their work they are usually self-deprecating or modest to a fault, and those who aren’t generally have the least idea about what they’re doing. What we truly want is to be able to talk and articulate our ideas as if they matter and have a genuine value, which comes from being recognised either critically or by an appreciative audience. But until our work is published, produced, distributed etc. this is difficult to do.
The difference for someone in Tarantino’s position is that he has such an established body of work and a horde of listeners, that he can talk as if every element of his work matters (because it does). The fantastic thing then, is that he doesn’t just use his platform to self-promote or push his products, but rather utilises it to share knowledge, engage people in all forms of cinema and really excite his audience about the things that are important to him.
It’s like he’s got all the best elements of being a fanboy, with the added bonus of owning auteur level eloquence and experience.
So it was with great excitement that I came across the below two interviews released earlier this month (December 2015) as Tarantino prepares for the global release of The Hateful Eight. Not only are both of these clips stunning interviews (both interviewers asking unique and worthwhile questions), but they reveal a side to Tarantino that paints him in a different light than we are used to. He seems even more mature as an artist. At this point his career has gone from punk band to philharmonic orchestra; the rebellious spirit still potent even as he writes his magnum opus.