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Cinema Speculation af Quentin Tarantino
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Cinema Speculation (udgave 2022)

af Quentin Tarantino (Forfatter)

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"In addition to being among the most celebrated of contemporary filmmakers, Quentin Tarantino is possibly the most joyously infectious movie lover alive. For years he has touted in interviews his eventual turn to writing books about films. Now, with Cinema Speculation, the time has come, and the results are everything his passionate fans--and all movie lovers--could have hoped for. Organized around key American films from the 1970s, all of which he first saw as a young moviegoer at the time, this book is as intellectually rigorous and insightful as it is rollicking and entertaining. At once film criticism, film theory, a feat of reporting, and wonderful personal history, it is all written in the singular voice recognizable immediately as QT's and with the rare perspective about cinema possible only from one of the greatest practitioners of the artform ever"--… (mere)
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Titel:Cinema Speculation
Forfattere:Quentin Tarantino (Forfatter)
Info:Harper (2022), Edition: First Edition, 400 pages
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i didn't expect tarantino to be such a good essayist. after mel brooks' "memoir" (which i loved despite its obvious flaws) earlier this year, i thought tarantino's essays on films that influenced him growing up were much more inspired bits of writing. other director memoirs fall into the trap of just wading through their own films and telling everyone what they already knew, but this was a director (love him or hate him) flexing his cinephile knowledge and thusly adding a great depth to his existing body of work without going into detail about any of them. i don't think i'm entirely convinced by tarantino as a character still (he obviously likes to have his cake and eat it too to this day), but i do understand him better.
  gojosatoru98 | Mar 1, 2024 |
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Cinema Speculation by Quentin Tarantino is a memoir about some of the influential people in his life and a work of criticism about some of the influential movies he watched. The majority of it takes place in the early 1970s, in downtown Los Angeles.

I don’t know how Quentin Tarantino enjoys movies. I love movies, like the author, but I can’t imagine dissecting movies to such a degree. To be fair, he seems to enjoy himself regardless.

On the other hand, the book made me realize how much I miss seeing movies with an excited audience. Despite the current attitudes within the cinephile community, it’s something that superhero movies brought back.

The memoir part of Cinema Speculation is a celebration of masculinity codes, the delight of being a young white boy in a theater full of adult African Americans. The search for a father figure in any form that might present itself is a theme that often repeats itself, with openness and introspection.

The author certainly appreciates movies and has much passion for the art form. He’s not a casual movie buff, he writes well and doesn’t hold back from showing his wit, immense knowledge, and insight.

Tarantino talks about some of his favorite movies, mostly from the 1970s. He has no issue with trashing classics like Taxi Driver or imagining how a movie would have looked like with a different actor, director, or ending. His love of slasher/revenge films is not a surprise and I gained a whole new appreciation of the genre – even though I’m still not a fan.

Nevertheless, he loves movies and is a great writer. The book feels more like conversations with Quentin Tarantino than actual essays. It was an amusing read to get inside a prodigy’s head and view art from his perspective. ( )
  ZoharLaor | Dec 8, 2023 |
First, let me say I want to read more of his books of reviews, as this one shows promise. He obviously has an encyclopedic understanding of cinema. And he has a passion for championing certain movies--which is the hallmark for a great film critic. But there are a few glaring points that cause things to get lost. First of all, his personal stories don't go nearly deep enough--and those are the best parts. The ending story on Floyd could've been the introduction, as well as the type of approach that all the chapters have: an introduction to how he was introduced to these films and the emotional impact they had. Additionally, he doesn't provide much context to the sociopolitical climate of the times. The Taxi Driver chapter goes into some detail on the war in Vietnam and changing the race of the pimp. But it's odd that he wrote an entire book on films and doesn't touch on history (like who was President of the United States at the time) at all. Lastly, some of the tangents could go (the Paul Williams joke is tiring). Still, it is worth it if you love his ideas--his Invasion of the Body Snatchers riff will stick with me forever. ( )
  JuntaKinte1968 | Dec 6, 2023 |
When I saw that Tarantino had put out a book on the movies that helped shape his view of movie making, I couldn't help but buy it.

The writing is clearly Tarantino, is filled with interesting anecdotes and a clear passion for what he's writing about.

Unfortunately, I knew very little about the movies of the 70s going in, so I had little reference for the movies, actors, directors and so forth being named.

As such; not really a book for me, but not a bad book at all if the subject matter interests you.
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  Pishmoffle | Mar 27, 2023 |
Meditaciones de cine es innegablemente un libro muy esperado. Tras el éxito de Érase una vez en Hollywood, el universo expandido del filme homónimo, Quentin Tarantino sigue su sendero como escritor insolente describiendo anécdotas y analizando películas que resultaron medulares en su formación como cineasta. Quien se acerque a la obra pensando que Tarantino le dirá dónde poner la cámara o cómo escribe sus tremendos diálogos, se llevará una decepción. Meditaciones de cine es mucho más que eso: son atisbos de un Tarantino escribiendo crítica, retazos de teoría cinematográfica y breves clases de historia del cine de los setenta, desde el comprobado conocimiento enciclopédico de su autor. No hay historias sobre los rodajes de Pulp fiction (1994) o Kill Bill (2003), en cambio, Quentin Tarantino se dedica a analizar películas como Deliverance (1972), Taxi Driver (1975) y Rolling Thunder (1977), contagiando al lector con su efervescente prosa el amor por el cine violento, las salas inmundas de Los Ángeles y una infancia bombardeada por una pasión cinéfila que fue despertando de forma paulatina, hasta reventar como una de las mentes más creativas del cine actual. Tarantino apenas habla de su Palma de Oro y sus dos premios de la academia, lo que le interesa es desmenuzar los filmes de Don Siegel, Tobe Hooper y Sam Peckinpah; explicarse él mismo, para con eso exponerle al lector, los elementos que fue tomando y aprendiendo de cada cinta que veía, cada cómic que leía y cada soundtrack que escuchaba, para delinear su propia obra artística. Meditaciones de cine es además un libro muy divertido, torrente de ocurrencias del humor negro del director, sin guardarse nada para quien en algún momento lo atacó desde las trincheras de la crítica. Pero también es una obra emotiva. Rumbo a sus ultimas páginas, Quentin se confiesa y nos platica sobre un hombre llamado Floyd Ray Wilson, una especie de vagabundo afroamericano que resultó ser un mentor inesperado, detonante además, del Tarantino guionista. Cuando el texto termina, lo que queda es nostalgia por una época setentera que no volverá, además de una enorme lista de imperativas películas por descubrir. ( )
  armandoasis | Mar 17, 2023 |
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"In addition to being among the most celebrated of contemporary filmmakers, Quentin Tarantino is possibly the most joyously infectious movie lover alive. For years he has touted in interviews his eventual turn to writing books about films. Now, with Cinema Speculation, the time has come, and the results are everything his passionate fans--and all movie lovers--could have hoped for. Organized around key American films from the 1970s, all of which he first saw as a young moviegoer at the time, this book is as intellectually rigorous and insightful as it is rollicking and entertaining. At once film criticism, film theory, a feat of reporting, and wonderful personal history, it is all written in the singular voice recognizable immediately as QT's and with the rare perspective about cinema possible only from one of the greatest practitioners of the artform ever"--

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