Bloody Men: Masculine Violence in the Filmic Worlds of Quentin Tarantino

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Nine films into a supposed ten film oeuvre, Quentin Tarantino has clearly established himself as a contemporary auteur in not only the U.S. but also throughout the world. Each rumor of a new Tarantino project elicits wild speculation about the narrative, the castings, and the release date. Fans and film critics alike seek out any piece of evidence that will develop the picture around Tarantino’s vision. His vision is purposeful, and he intends to craft films that reflect his interests, his ideologies, and his engagement with the larger discourses of society and culture. In a 2014 interview conducted by his friend and fellow director Richard Rodriguez, Tarantino defines the way he perceives his filmography: “A filmography is not a hit-or-miss thing. You have a vision. You have a voice. And each new film is your new conversation” (Tarantino, “Quentin Tarantino 2014 Interview…”). The authorial voice and the artist’s interaction with the world emerge as controlling ideas for Tarantino. In essence, his identity is built through his filmic art...