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with Lauren Zima

Quentin Tarantino is the man behind Django, Kill BIll, Reservoir Dogs, and most famously--Pulp Fiction. Get a quick look at the life and work of director, Quentin Tarantino, in this video from About.com.See Transcript

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Hi, I'm Lauren Zima for About.com and today we're profiling award winning actor, director, screenwriter and producer, Quentin Tarantino.

Quentin Tarantino's Early Life

Tarantino was born on March 27, 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee. When he was two, he moved with his mother to the Los Angeles area. Tarantino dropped out of high school when he was 16 and worked a number of odd jobs, including at an adult theatre and at a video rental store in Manhattan Beach. During this time Tarantino directed his first film, My Best Friend's Birthday, which he financed himself over a period of three years.

1990's Successes

In the late '80s,Tarantino met producer Lawrence Bender at a Hollywood party, who encouraged him to write a screenplay. And in 1992 Tarantino wrote, directed and starred in his breakthrough success Reservoir Dogs. With Bender's help, Tarantino was able to sell his screenplays for 1993's True Romance and Natural Born Killers, released in 1994. In 1994, Tarantino was again writer, director and actor for Pulp Fiction. The film won Tarantino an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, a Golden Globe and the Cannes' Film Festival's Palme d'Or. Pulp Fiction has been ranked among the best films of all time. Tarantino finished the '90s with more success. In 1996 he wrote and starred in From Dusk Till Dawn and put out the hugely successful Jackie Brown in 1997.

Kill Bill, Vol. 1 and 2

Tarantino worked on a string of smaller projects in the early 2000's before directing his next feature film in 2003: Kill Bill, Vol. 1. The film starred Uma Thurman, who had previously worked with Tarantino on Pulp Fiction, as ‘The Bride'. Kill Bill and it's sequel, Kill Bill, Vol. 2, released in 2004, were both critical and financial successes for Tarantino. In 2007, Tarantino teamed up with longtime friend collaborator Robert Rodriguez to co-direct the two-part feature Grindhouse. Tarantino found more success when he produced the first two Hostel slasher films.

Inglorious Basters

Tarantino's next feature film came in 2009, when he wrote and directed Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz. The film received 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards and was nominated for 6 BAFTAs, 4 Golden Globes, and 8 Academy Awards. It was also a huge commercial success for Tarantino, grossing more than $321 million.

Tarantino's Style

Tarantino is perhaps best known for his movies' trademark style. Kill Bill and Reservoir Dogs are well remembered for their graphic depiction of gore and violence. Tarantino's style also extends to his use of dialogue. All of his films have become synonymous with character confrontations and stand offs. In his films, Tarantino has also paid tribute to classic movies, often referencing them, using plot devices or recreating famous scenes.

In 2010, Tarantino finished writing Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx as a slave turned bounty hunter with the help of King Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz. The film was released in December of 2012.

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