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The production notes and the curiosities that can be read in various websites on Reservoir Dogs show that the Quentin Tarantino filmmaking exists as lone product and admirable synthesis of history to which filmmaking belongs. He has been a student of cinema from the inside throughout his career. His in-depth culture of various national films, also relatively to works and authors considered minor, allows him to have a bottomless well from which he can absorb information and interpretations, even use objects and symbols to be exploited on several levels, from the deepest and cultured, the most playful and trivial.
Starting from this work, which has everything a classic film should have, it is admirable the fact that it was achieved even with few resources available. The lack of vast investment did not stop Tarantino, and perhaps it pushed him even more to enhance its 'creative rage' and grit which is not expensive at all to have, and allowed him to speak his deep knowledge and obsessive passion for the so-called seventh art. Since seriousness, brutality, irony and fun are all one in his films, as if there was only one adjective that can express the meaning; to the public he offers a product that contains the basic ingredients that can be easily understood and appreciated. For those fans who are passionate and interested about his work, and have with him a common cinematic taste, he reserves the pleasures of discovering the hooks and functional references, not only aesthetic, related to directors and works of the past that he spreads along the narrative labyrinth of his works, starting from “Reservoir Dogs”. A loyal audience starts to love his provocative style and Tarantino’s ego, which shows in a contemplative narration game filled with irony, cynic and sarcasm with, is used to enrich the characters and create sequences that belong to Tarantino’s cinematic personality.
Reservoir Dogs begins with one of those surreal and special conversations typical of Tarantino's movies, laughable and completely alien to the context of the movie’s theme, but rather intriguing and enlightening to understand the charm of the author’s story telling. As the camera performs a tracking forward and back behind the players sit in a circle around a diner’s table, where they are talking of the usual stuff, discussing the meaning of the song “Like a Virgin” by Madonna and arguing whether or not giving tips should be the norm or just an act of casual kindness. A conversation that may seem a bit petty and superficial, but that instead puts the character at the same level of normality of the viewer; in this way we know the characters in the movie are normal people, talking about normal people stuff and having normal people opinions. This enhances the realism of the movie and allows the viewer to feel sympathy for the characters in Tarantino’s world. Moments like these are recurring in the movie, when we see characters talk to each other before, after or during action sequences.
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