Monday, October 06, 2003

Sharon Waxman of the Washington Post is back from Iraq and on the Hollywood beat with a lengthy interview with Quentin Tarantino.

    About three years ago Tarantino ran into Thurman at an Oscar party, at which she mentioned: When are we going to do "Kill Bill"? The story was something they'd dreamed up together when they were working on "Pulp Fiction" years before. At the time Tarantino had written a 10-page synopsis and put it in a drawer.

    With neither his nor Thurman's career flourishing, Tarantino pulled out the treatment and got to work. The writing came easily. Production had to wait for Thurman to have a baby. Then came: martial arts training in March, April and May 2002. Pre-production in China in May. Shooting in June, July, August, September. The crew moved to Los Angeles, but still shooting continued. In January they took a break, then, exhausted, shot some more. The Cannes Film Festival came and went. Editing started this summer. Finally Weinstein saw a cut and proposed a solution to what would have been a three-hour-plus martial arts epic: Slice "Kill Bill" in two, making it a two-part, R-rated epic that seems destined to entice adolescent movie fans who will have a hard time getting in to see it. Weinstein said that the violence hasn't turned off test audiences, male or female, and that the rating doesn't worry him. "There is always a sizable audience for a good film," he says. "Women get the movie just as much as men do. They get that the action is cartoonish. I think 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Reservoir Dogs' are both more violent than this film."


    Watching him, one is reminded of what was striking about the man when he first burst onto the scene in 1992 with "Reservoir Dogs," which was his unabashed, unadulterated love for the movies, all movies. Whatever else has happened to Quentin Tarantino in the interim that, at least, remains untouched.

Four days to Kill Bill!

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