Quentin Tarantino is a known cinephile and not in the same way that all film directors typically are. He has a nerd-like encyclopaedic knowledge of film that is hard to rival. You know how Ready Player One simply made reference to popular media from the ‘80s and left it at that? Tarantino does something similar but in a far more subtle way – remember the “don’t be a square” scene in Pulp Fiction? That’s a reference to one episode in The Flinstones, so certainly a little more of a deep cut than the DeLorean. So, when he talks about the seven “perfect” films ever made, he has some idea what he’s talking about. Not to mention his own portfolio of spectacularly made films.
So what are his picks? In Tarantino’s recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Tarantino revealed the films that he believes are untouchable, or rather, films that might not be “your cup of tea, but there’s nothing you can say to bring it down,” as the director explains.
The films are (in no particular order):
- Jaws (1975)
- The Exorcist (1973)
- Annie Hall (1977)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
- Young Frankenstein (1974)
- Back to the Future (1985)
- The Wild Bunch (1959)
Tarantino added that The Wild Bunch isn’t technically perfect as its “imperfections are part of its glory” but was willing to remove the film from his list.
Considering these films mostly came out between ’73 and ’75, one could assume that, like all film criticism, this is quite subjective. And it should be noted that this list was basically made off the top of his head. However, it does give us some insight into the films that Tarantino really loves, but all that is present in his new book Cinema Speculation.
When asked by Kimmel if there was a great movie that he hadn’t seen, Tarantino said that he hadn’t seen The Sound of Music. Whether or not that would have appeared in the list is unknown, but it was fun to discover that even one with such encyclopaedic knowledge as Tarantino, still hadn’t seen one of cinema’s classics.
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