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Inside the trunk shots


#1

I’m sure all of you have noticed that there are inside-the-trunk shots in QT’s first three films. In reservoir dogs they open it up to reveal the cop. In Pulp Fiction they open it up to take out their guns and wish they had superior weoponry. In Jackie Brown Sam L. tries to get Chris Tucker in the trunk, and then kills him in it. Well, I think Quentin is trying to make it obvious because in the Kill Bill trailer they show a clip of Uma opening the trunk. So my question is: What is Quentin’s fascination with trunks? Is it symbolic, or just a cool view and an easy way to show some mystery?


#2

I think somewhere on tarantino.info you’ll find an interview where QT talkes about that. or in a book, i don’t know. I try to find out


#3

an ode to Scorcese…


#4

What do u mean An ode to scorsese with the trunk shots?


#5

I dont remember any inside the trunk shots from any of Scorsese films.



I think QT just likes the cinematic look of the black screen being opened up so its like WE are in the trunk looking out.


#6

Indeed there aren’t any of those shots in Scorsese films, it’s propably a QT pioneer trademark shot…


#7

I wonder if he’s using that as his trademark, because he’s obviously trying to make us notice it by putting it as the second shot in the Kill Bill trailer.


#8

It is both! he uses it to make you fell like you’re into the trunk ‘‘especially in res dogs’’ and in Kill Bill Trailer to say’’ hey you see that shot? This is QT! Thats me! I"m back from 6 years of beauty sleep! You better hold up on your sit!’’


#9

Very good point. I’m goin’ with that one. One question though, what the hell does “You better hold up on your sit” mean? Might wanna check speling and gramar next time. Ha ha ha.


#10

yah maybe


#11

just from this



i always wanted to be a gangster


#12

You got me!


#13

but if it is his trademark, do you think he did an inside the trunk scene in the second part of kill bill? maybe he only did one, before they were going to split it and he forgot? that would break his streak!


#14

actually, “The Simpsons” used it in season two (90-91), i forget what episode, but its somewhere, im positive. perhaps he got it from here??? or a coincedence. most liky the latter, but it would be pretty cool if he did take it from Simpsons


#15

[quote]actually, “The Simpsons” used it in season two (90-91), i forget what episode, but its somewhere, im positive.  perhaps he got it from here??? or a coincedence.  most liky the latter, but it would be pretty cool if he did take it from Simpsons[/quote]


damn so scorscese stole it from matt groenig?!?!?

wTF?!?!

#16

I hate to burst your bubble, but Scorsese doesnt have any “inside the trunk” shots in any of his films. Ive seen all his films (especially the gangster films) alot of times. The Simpsons? I dont think QT got it from that either.



People say that QT gets alot of his style from Scorsese, but other than the red lighting in his bar scenes and some other minor details, I dont think his films are like Scorsese’s that much at all. I dont even think of Scorsese when I watch QTs movies.



Personally, when I watch QTS films, I see a mix of Sergio Leone, Brian DePalma, Godard and Sam Fuller all mixed together. With some liberal sprinklings of Scorsese and Mario Bava here n there.


#17

sorry, duke, but peep this again:




#18

In Goodfellas it isn’t the inside trunk shot as it is in QT’s movies! In Quentin’s movies, (all 3 of them and in the Kill Bill teaser) the camera is inside the trunk to give you the feeling that you are inside the trunk! In the Goodfellas trunk shot (both of them as it showes it twice) the camera is outside the trunk! So it isn’t the same trunk shot, Quentin’s trunk-trademark-shot is tottally different than Marty’s in Goodfellas! I must say that Scorsese’s trunk shot in Goodfellas isn’t anything remarkable, but Quentin’s is!



By the way everytime I hear how QT uses music in his movies, he always reminds me of Marty’s use of music as for example: source music generrally (radio, live music, bars etc) slow motion combined with music (Jackie Brown), source music in extremely low volume (you can hear it as a backround only when there is a small silence in the dialogues), source music in ‘‘slugfests’’ (Reservoir Dogs) etc etc etc.



By the way have you ever noticed that in every Quentin movie there is at least one scene (with a couple most of the times) in a cafe, restaurant or umm… what do you call it the place where you’re having breakfast!(?)

See this and then see one of QT’s favorite movies; Taxi Driver.


#19

[quote] By the way have you ever noticed that in every Quentin movie there is at least one scene (with a couple most of the times) in a cafe, restaurant or umm… what do you call it the place where you’re having breakfast!(?) See this and then see one of QT’s favorite movies; Taxi Driver.[/quote]

Yeah but theres alot of movies with scenes that take place in diners or restaraunts. Thats not something Marty originated.



The pop music as the soundtrack: Dont forget George Lucas used pop music as the score to American Graffiti. That was right around the same time as Mean Streets.



Anyway, at least we established that The INSIDE THE TRUNK SHOT is QTs, not Scorseses.


#20

Yah, American Graffiti and Mean Streets were both released in 1973 so you cannot say for sure who is the pioneer! But Scorsese used the music in an original-trademark way(source music 100%) and Lucas used it as a backround music (mostly) as an effect to recreate the late 60’s feeling! (in a way for example, it was used later in Forrest Gump. Not very original)



The dinner-restaurant scenes in Taxi Driver are FULL of memorable and cool dialogues, as they are in QT’s movies.

I’m saying this from that point of view!

[quote]damn so scorscese stole it from matt groenig?!?!?wTF?!?![/quote]That was a nice joke tho! :wink: