Classic Directors: Quentin Tarantino

Quote: “Some kids it’s sports, some kids it’s studies, some kids it’s cars, some kids it’s drawing. With me it was movies. The only difference is, I had kind of this, like, weird tunnel vision, where, it’s like, once I got into it, I didn’t have room for anything else.”
Known as: A director who, for better or worse, helped make hip, dark comic thrillers into the most popular indie genre of the ’90s. His ironic portrayals of low-life criminals — replete with smart, sassy dialogue, brutal violence, and dynamic retro soundtracks — revolutionized American cinema while reinvigorating the careers of such ’70s icons as Harvey Keitel, Pam Grier, and John Travolta.
Debut: Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Breakthrough: Pulp Fiction (1994)
Masterpiece: Pulp Fiction (1994)
Biggest Failures: Four Rooms (1995)
Overlooked Gem: Jackie Brown (1997)
Influences: Jean-Luc Godard, Martin Scorsese, John Woo