Here is a very interesting essay (4 pages plus notes) about Kill Bill published in the Jump Cut magazine. Hope it hasn’t been posted before.
Mindful violence: the visibility of power and inner life in Kill Bill by Aaron Anderson
An analysis of screen action and violence in Tarantinoâ€™s Kill Bill reveals the integral relation between screen fights, narrative structure, characterization, and moral themes.
" Much has been written about Quentin Tarantinoâ€™s familiarity with foreign action films. In fact, Tarantinoâ€™s love of low-budget action films and the violent imagery in them has become one of the more significant parts of his public personae as a director. For this reason, almost every review of Tarantinoâ€™s latest works, Kill Bill: Volume(s) 1 and 2, notes something about the long list of films from which he borrows, and numerous fan web-sites devote space to sometimes lengthy arguments over his exact inspirations for any given scene. Most of what has been written in this regard suggests that there is something uniqueâ€”or at least personalâ€”in Tarantinoâ€™s allegiance to violent imagery from pop culture. However, I argue that Tarantinoâ€™s deliberate use of borrowed imagery from Asian martial arts films is far from unique. And while this may surprise no one, the reason that I propose this might surprise many. I suggest that violent imageryâ€”especially that connected to Asian martial artsâ€”functions as one of the primary cinematic languages for character description and plot progression in modern action films."
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