In 1992 I read a certain filmreview in the newspaper. The direct object dealt with the debut of a young moviemaker. It all appealed me a lot so instantly I decided to bring a visit to the cinema.
The film started off with a brilliant discussion about the meaning of Madonna's Like A Virgin. "This is good," I concluded right away, but before I knew it a terrible shock stung into my body. Cause: George Baker's Little Green Bag buzzed like an unwelcome surpise act through the movie house.
George Baker. Every Dutch citizen older than 30 years is familiar with this man. In the 70s an artist who appeared on Dutch national television quite some time for promoting his many latest singles. Supercommercial music that your mother always listened to. And exactly this George Baker harassed my ears all over again. This time in a movie by means of the openingsong.
Reservoir Dogs proves to be a rare quality movie. But more important: From the day I saw Reservoir Dogs I knew Quentin Tarantino has got sense of music.
Two years later Pulp Fiction was released. Even more brilliant than Tarantino's former. The music was again exceptional. The openingsong of The Centurions vouched for idea and originality
Jackie Brown, Tarantino's third, was no exception. Again a marvellous tune in the shape of Bobby Womack with his Across 110th Street. Music that made me realize the current popular black music society lost all their musical class.
A couple of months ago I watched Tarantino's last, Kill Bill, in the movie theater. With slight holden tension I waited for the openingsong. It did not take long. The music combined with the images made me speachless. It was the perfect combination of both, I knew. Simultaneously I started to irritate myself due to giggling people in the audience. Apparently the lyrics were to sonorous for all present obtuse one-dimensional souls. Nonetheless Nancy Sinatra with Bang bang, my baby shot me down was luminous. << listen >>
And what about the movie?
Bill is not suited for everybody. Innumerable voilence, cartoonlike characters,
anime, Japanese language, sixties pulp, hardly any philosophic dialogs, simple
story, fine actors. All brought with plenty of speed. I thougth it was all equally
wonderful. But who am I to conclude? A person who is getting annoyed by people
who do not seem to understand the real value of a song. But nevertheless I give
an opinion. My opinion to be exact.
- March 2004 -
Thurman .... The Bride
Lucy Liu .... O-Ren Ishii
Vivica A. Fox .... Vernita Green
Daryl Hannah .... Elle Driver
David Carradine .... Bill
Michael Madsen .... Budd
Julie Dreyfus .... Sofie Fatale
Chiaki Kuriyama .... Go Go Yubari
Sonny Chiba .... Hattori Hanzo
Written and directed by: Quentin Tarantino