Before Quentin Tarantino burst on to the movie-making scene with his feature film debut Reservoir Dogs nobody could have known how acclaimed a director he would go on to be. Starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen, Tarantino, and criminal-turned-author Edward Bunker, as diamond thieves whose planned heist of a jewellery store goes terribly wrong.
The 1992 film focuses in on the thieves before and after the heist as the gang comes together at the rendezvous point. As an audience, we twist and turn with every new arrival to the story as different members of the gang deliver vital pieces of information as to what exactly went wrong with their carefully laid plans.
As well as having an incredibly intense and gripping story-line, the film really stands firm as a cult classic because of its impossibly cool styling. From the black and white uniform suits to the characters code names (Mr Blond, Mr Blue, Mr Pink etc.) Tarantino meticulously styled his shots and worked closely with the acclaimed ensemble cast to deliver his vision as closely as possible.
What transpires is one of the finest heist films ever made and arguably one of the most important films of the nineties. It birthed a career for Tarantino that would go on to show him as one of Generation X’s zeitgeist auteurs, deeply referencing the world around I’m while building his audience their own universe.
There’s no doubt that Tarantino will go on to be known as one of the most vital filmmakers of our lifetime and what better way to get acquainted with the director than by peeking behind the scenes of his first feature film.
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