While eating and drinking is commonplace for movie characters, no one portrays eating and drinking quite like Tarantino. In this article, we intend to describe Tarantino's special approach to food and drinks.
There are many motifs or themes in Quentin Tarantino's films. Among these motifs, the following can be mentioned:
A view of the trunk of the car:
Black and white coat and pants:
And of course the food:
*in Read more There is a risk of giving away the plot of some of Tarantino's films*
Most of the time when we watch the characters eating or drinking, these two verbs are just an excuse to keep them entertained. eating and drinking are just things that happen in the background while the dialogue is being delivered.
Tarantino does this too, but his approach is deeper. Tarantino's way of using food and drinks has layers of meaning. Each layer is more complex than the previous one. First, we explain the simplest function of this motif: how eating and drinking help us identify the characters.
First function: characterization
Tarantino also Like many filmmakers, he uses food for characterization. What a character drinks or eats, and the way he eats and drinks, provides insight into his character.
For example, Cliff McAndy's eating in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. ) for example.
Or Kelvin's interest in Django Unchained To sweets:
Or Melanie eating noodles in Jackie Brown:p>
Kill Bill, when we see him lovingly making a sandwich for his daughter , our perception of him as the villain of the story is challenged:
With no dialogue delivered, we We know these characters better. For example, when they choose to eat, and the way they eat, makes us more familiar with these characters.
In Inglorious Basterds, Aldo makes a decision in the middle of the violent execution of a German soldier. Eat a sandwich with complete carelessness.
In Pulp Fiction, Lance is in the middle of the night. eating cereal is breakfast.
Shut the door, Budd, sloppy and clumsy, right margarita It does.
All of these scenes are examples of pure characterization. But this is just the beginning of the story.
The second function: determining the relationship between the characters
Not only do we get to know the characters through food, but food is a way to express the dynamics between It is characters. Tarantino is quoted as saying:
[I think] eating always has something to do with getting to know another person. Getting to know others always happens in a restaurant or cafe.
Food can have different effects on human relationships. For example:
- It can make the formation of a romantic relationship easier. In True Romance, Alabama says to Clarence, "Would you like to go out to eat?" "I love pie," Clarence replies.
- It can create a kind of instant bond between strangers. For example, close the door, the bride tells Hanzo Hattori that she is drinking a glass of warm sake. Hattori is also moved by his fondness for hot sake - which is a Japanese drink - and shows him a more friendly attitude.
- It can be used to celebrate an auspicious event. In Max's Birthday Damn Bastards, the son of a German soldier ends up having a drinking party at a small bar (which messes up the main characters' plot).
But the most important function Food in Tarantino's films is a representation of power and control. It is quoted from Tarantino:
The restaurant scenes in the movies were always based on rituals in my opinion. These rituals must be performed and some of these rituals are related to changing the balance of power or stabilizing it. One of the best examples in this regard is the scene where Hans Landa Shosanna. controls with a delicious strudel. When Shoshana asks with stress When he eats his strudel, Landa tells him to "wait for the cream," adding to his stress.
In Django Unchained, when a slave kills another slave in a gladiatorial battle, his master Kennedy rewards him with a cool drink.
Once upon a time in Hollywood, Cliff rewards his obedient dog with food.
In Jackie Brown, Ordell lures Beaumont out of his house (and leads him to his death) with the promise of fried chicken.
As the most famous example, in the popular story, Jules, as a threatening black man, bites into the hamburger of a man who puts a hat on his boss's head, as well as drinking his drink. By the end, it shows the power it has over him. uses, placing it in the companionship of Khash
Third Function: Sudden Change in Movie Tone
If you've seen any of Tarantino's movies, you know it's possible. Change their tone every moment. In the popular tale, a theological debate about miracles turns into a violent physical comedy in which someone's head explodes with a bullet.
These tonal changes are intentional. As Tarantino himself says:
I like to change the tone 180 degrees in one. I like to make people laugh at things they would never laugh at normally.
What is the role of the combination of food and violence in changing the tone of the film? In its most direct form, food itself becomes a weapon. For example, in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Cliff throws a can at a woman who is attacking him with a knife. A can hits him on the head and he falls to the ground screaming.
Tarantino makes the characters of his films and of course the audience of his films deceptively immersed in a pleasant experience, but suddenly violently bursts this pleasant experience like a bubble. Close the door Vernita invites the bride to coffee so that they can settle their scores later. But Vernita shoots an arrow at the bride from behind the cereal box. His arrow misses and the bride cuts his chest by throwing a knife. This scene is an example of the same sudden change of tone accompanied by a food (coffee and of course cereal).
In Django Unchained, before the chaotic final conflict of the movie, the characters were eating white cake. In Kill Bill II, the characters are sipping margaritas when a black mamba hidden in a suitcase bites the wind.
These tonal shifts are a big part of Tarantino's signature work. According to him:
If I can create conflicting emotions, I like to play with the audience. I want to be the conductor and you be my orchestra.
For example, consider a scene from Damn Bastards where the characters are in an underground bar playing twenty questions together:
In this scene, the characters are drinking scotch before a bloody shootout ensues in which many of the main characters are killed. .
The pleasure that food provides is destroyed by the pain caused by violence. The dialogue of Pumpkin (Pumpkin) in the popular story does justice to the content in this context:
"One minute they are eating their omelette, the next minute they see someone pointing a gun in their face."
Tarantino benefits a lot from this association. Now let's examine the ways in which Tarantino maximizes this contrast.
The foods depicted in Tarantino's films are bound to make your mouth water, and they come in a wide variety.
The reason is that when you put delicious and good-looking food next to extreme violence, you get maximum contrast. Contrast).
Furthermore, pay attention to how Tarantino presents the food to the audience. He is quoted as saying:
I like that when you are watching my movies, there will probably be a drink or food that catches your attention so that you want to eat or drink it.
Tarantino manages to make the food depicted in his films desirable in several ways.
First, the characters talk passionately about food. For example, in the popular story Fabienne, she says in an almost seductive tone: "I want to order a big bowl of blueberry pancakes with maple syrup." In the same movie, after testing a five-dollar milkshake, Vincent describes it in a surprised tone He says: "O God. Wow, what a milkshake.
Secondly, the characters are shown preparing the food. For example, in the scene where Django is going to try beer for the first time in Django Unchained, Tarantino uses close-ups and detailed sound effects to depict the process of preparing beer in the most pleasant way possible.
The strudel we see in Damn Bastards is a work of art unto itself. Tarantino himself describes it:
I'll bet you can't possibly want strudel while you're watching Damn Bastards. It doesn't matter that the Nazis are eating it. All you can think about is how handsome this strudel boy is.
Even the lighting. It also plays a role in showing the food attractively. For example, in The Hateful Eight, the lighting makes this hot stew look like the best thing to enjoy in the middle of a blizzard.
He emphasizes the appeal of food even in his scripts. His description of the nachos that Stuntman Mike is eating in Death Proof is as extravagant in the script as in the film itself:
The camera cuts to a customer sitting at the bar counter. He is eating Hucks Huckin Nacho Grande with both hands. In this order, everything is available in double form. Sour cream, melted cheese, queso sauce, enchilada sauce, chili sauce. Even though the customer has not left a single bite of it yet, he eats it using his hands in a way that shows that he has a very good appetite. Apparently, this nacho is so good it makes him suck his fingers.
In other words, Tarantino goes out of his way to make the food as palatable as possible. That's why the violence that follows it seems all the more unpleasant.
In general, Quentin Tarantino has managed to make food a multifaceted motif that works on several different levels of storytelling. Food:
- Determines character relationships
- Highlights the violence that takes place in Tarantino's films, so this technique It cannot be found in the works of any other filmmaker
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