Quentin Tarantino

"When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, no, I went to films"

Quentin Tarantino

Having grown up as a movie and comic book-obsessed kid, Tarantino took a job at the Video Archives in Manhattan Beach where he voraciously consumed all kinds of cinema.

His love for Hollywood genres and popular culture matured into a fascination that fuelled his career and has seen him become one of the most influential auteurs of recent times. In the years that followed, he established a distinctive style of storytelling characterised by temporal disorientation, lurid but irresistible characters, ultra-violence and a joyous use of pop music, all wrapped up in gleefully post-modern black humour.

Like Jean-Luc Godard, the auteur who influenced him, Tarantino plays with cinema conventions, breaks rules with an anarchic energy and makes game-changing films that are achingly cool to boot.

Tarantino's films are layered collages of his cinematic tastes and influences. Here, Paul O' Callaghan looks at ten great films that influenced him.

And for those with a strong stomach, here's our look at death in Tarantino's movies. 

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