Okay I am working at my English-project in school and so I wanted you to read this first part about QTs life… please tell me if I had missed something importand afterwards okay? And tell me how you did like it… plz
Oh yeah and I am from austria, and there are some german words and sentences in it… sry about that
a) Child-hood and Youth
Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Wenn es Quentin Tarantino nicht gÃƒÂ¤be, dann mÃƒÂ¼sste man ihn erfinden.Ã¢â‚¬?1. This is what CINEMA, a magazine for movies and cinema, said in their issue from July 1996.
Quentin Tarantino was born on 27th march 1963 in Knoxville/Tennessee as the only child of Connie, who was just 16 years old when she got pregnant, and Tony, who left her and Quentin very early. Usually Quentin was named Quint because Connie liked Burt ReynoldsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ character in GUNSMOKE (1955-1975). Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ich wollte, dass der Junge einen Namen hat, der groÃƒÅ¸ genug ist, eine ganze Leinwand zu fÃƒÂ¼llen.Ã¢â‚¬?2.
When he was about 2 years old, they moved to the South Bay/Los Angeles and this is where Quentin grew up with cinema, TV and comics. His first movies in cinema were CARNEVAL KNOWLEDGE and DELIVERANCE, which he watched at the age of 8 years with his mother.
Although heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s said to have an IQ over 150 (!) Quentin hated school, because he was a LEGASTENIKER and a hyperactive kid.
The young Quentin hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t an easy childhood because he grew up with different fathers and little money so he went from school in his 10th year and started to work as a KARTENABREISSER in a porn-cinema called The Pussycat Theatre (in Torrance).
During this time he also went to an actor-school, but when he was about 22 years old, he got a job as video-clerk in Manhattan Beach/California.
b) The Video Archives
Quentin started to work in The Video Archives in 1985 and stopped in 1990 and during this time he met a lot of people who were as much in love with movies as he was: for example Roger Avary, who was to become very important to Quentin, because he co-wrote the Golden Watch episode in PULP FICTION and in 1994 his debut KILLING ZOE was produced by Quentin.
To make his Acting-debut in MY BEST FRIENDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S BIRTHDAY more attractive he told his friends that he had played in several movies like KING LEAR (Jean-Luc Godard) and KNIGHTRIDERS (George Romereo) - he said, that nobody in the USA had seen these movies, so he wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get caught.
While he worked in The Video Archives Quentin saw a lot of different movies from different countries and he also got influenced by Asian Kung-Fu movies and Spaghetti-Westerns, which he loves so much.
Quentin also wrote his first book, called The Open Road, which tells the story of a couple who kill a lot of people on their honeymoon, but even he recognized that the story was too long to be filmed (over 500 pages) and so he split it into two parts: Natural Born Killers and True Romance.
At first he wanted to film these scripts himself, but he was out of money and nobody wanted to produce his movies so Quentin had to sell Natural Born Killers to Oliver Stone and True Romance to Tony Scott (for about 50.000 Dollars).
Unfortunately The Video Archives had to close in 1994, because they moved to another Quarter and lost their regular customers but Quentin showed the connection to his job in TRUE ROMANCE, where Clarence is in love with his comic-store.
He also mentions the people who were around him: Nice Guy Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Eddie (in RESERVOIR DOGS) was a regular customer and the boxers Vossler and Martinez (in PULP FICTION) were two co-workers.
c) My best FriendÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Birthday
During the years 1985-1987 Quentin and his friends and co-workers filmed MY BEST FRIENDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S BIRTHDAY, which was never finished.
Mickey Burnett (Craig Hamann) has a birthday and his best friend Clarence Pool (Quentin Tarantino) tries to make a party for him. He pays a prostitute called Misty Knight and invites some friends, but like in every Screwball-comedy everything goes wrong and the movie ends with MickeyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fall into the birthday cake.
In the year 1981, while Quentin worked in The Video Archives he met Craig Hamann and after they became friends Hamann showed Quentin his story about a couple of friends who want to make a party for their friend who is very sad because his girlfriend left him.
Quentin wrote a script with 30 scenes for Craig and they decided to film it. Everybody in The Video Archives contributed some money and they started to make the movie - the set was the living room of QuentinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mother Connie and there were often long breaks during filming, because they always had to rent a camera, which was very expensive.
Pity nearly the whole movie was destroyed in an accident and they had to give up, but in the year 2003 there the rest of MY BEST FRIENDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S BIRTHDAY appeared on web and so everyone could make his own experience with QuentinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first attempts of film-making.
But just the scenes 1, 2, 3 and 17 have survived and so the rest of the movie is just about 36 minutes long.
The whole movie is played by non-professional actors, except for Allen Garfield, who plays the man who sells Clarence Pool the birthday cake. Mister Garfield was QuentinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s acting Ã¢â‚¬â€œ teacher and he was the only real actor in the whole movie.
There are several connections between MY BEST FRIENDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S BIRTHDAY and TRUE ROMANCE: Misty Knight, the prostitute, who tells Clarence that she wants to be a really cool call-girl like Nancy Allen in DRESSED TO KILL (Brian De Palma) is a forerunner to Alabama Worley and Clarence Worley seems to be a mix between Clarence Pool and Mickey Burnett.