Quentin Tarantino: The Iconic Filmmaker And His Work– Ian Nathan (White Lion Publishing)

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They only come along every once in a while. I’m talking about movie directors that turn the way we look at film completely on its head. Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles did it in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, Stanley Kubrick in the 60’s, Martin Scorsese in the 70’s and Steven Spielberg in the 80’s. But the 90’s belonged to Quentin Tarantino. His slick mix of old school movie styles, fascinating non linear storytelling mixed with an ear for a good tune made him an icon right away, from his debut movie Reservoir Dogs right through to Once Upon A Time in Hollywood this year, the man is a legend in his own lifetime. Now film journalist and former Empire Magazine editor Ian Nathan, has put together this beautiful book to celebrate the man’s work and what a treasure trove it is.

Packed to the rafters with beautiful and rarely seen photography, this is definitely a book to leave on the coffee table as a statement. As he’s done in the past, with books about Peter Jackson and Tim Burton, Nathan has unearthed some great facts and stories about Tarantino, as he explores every movie in detail. There’s also a lot of behind the scenes stuff about the former video shop employee that you might not know, including why he insists on working with particular actors and his obsession with old movies.

We get the inside scoop on some of the controversies that have hit his career too, including blamed for inciting knife crime to almost killing Uma Thurman, but what this book does best is that it enriches the movies. If you’ve already seen them, you’ll want to see them again and if you’ve just perused this book, then you’ll definitely want to know more. And it’s all presented in an iconic Kill Bill Bruce Lee jumpsuit colored hard sleeve, making it a must have package.

He’s one of the elite. He’s the greatest and his work has defined an entire generation. His name is Quentin Tarantino and if you want to get to know him a bit better, then you absolutely need this book… Chris Andrews

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