Love him or loath him – my feelings about him seem to change as I feel his work varies quite a bit in quality though his latest two impressed me greatly – the film world will be a duller place without Quentin Tarantino. Without you ask? Well, it seem that the writer/director thinks that he has only two more movies in him [this is coming from the same man who not that long ago said that he has no time for starting a family because his main focus is on making films], and seems to have already decided what genres they’re going to be in. Interviewed by Time Out New York, he said:
“There is not a genre left where I have that same burning desire I had to do a World War II movie or a martial arts movie. I think maybe the one genre left might be a 1930s gangster movie, that kind of John Dillinger thing. And if I had all the time in the world, I would love to make a really, really scary horror film, like The Exorcist.”
However, the man is not sure whether he will be able to make a serious horror movie:
“I don’t know if me taking my sense of humour and putting it in the back seat just to hit a tone of dread from beginning to end is the best use of my talents or my time.”
Of course he’s already made From Dusk To Dawn, which was a lot of fun, but I’d love to see him have a go at making another horror film. And it seems that, after that, he’ll be done with movie making.
“I don’t want to be the guy who’s doing this forever. There should be an end. And I should take responsibility for that. I’ve gotten more solid on that idea. I think a lot of directors, if not all directors, think they have more time than they do. Certainly the reasons for making a film become sharper. It’s not about making a movie to pay for your alimony. You don’t make a movie just because ‘blah blah blah’ wants to work with you.”
Tarantino seems to have forgotten that some great filmmakers end up working for many decades and still make fine films, Alfred Hitchcock being a good example; his first film was in 1926 and, despite the odd misfire, he only really seemed to notably lose his touch in the mid-1960’s. However, fair play to him for deciding that enough will soon be enough. And I’m sure he’ll still contribute to films which aren’t his own.