With his latest film, director Quentin Tarantino was inspired both by spaghetti Westerns and the drama of slavery and the Civil War. The movie is extremely violent — but, says Tarantino, "What happened during slavery times is a thousand times worse. ... If you can't take it, you can't take it."
All five of the directors nominated for an Academy Award appeared on Fresh Air to discuss their latest films. Before the Oscars on Sunday, listen to James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow, Quentin Tarantino, Lee Daniels and Jason Reitman discuss what it takes to create an Academy Award-nominated film.
Take one part spaghetti Western and one part war film, and mix them together in a project helmed by acclaimed, eccentric filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. What do you get? Inglourious Basterds, one of the most unique films of the year. Tarantino talks about style and narrative — in both his personal life and his films — in this interview from Aug. 27, 2009.
Austrian actor Christoph Waltz won an Oscar for his portrayal of Nazi Jew hunter Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglorious Basterds. Teamed up with Tarantino again in Django Unchained, he says Tarantino's writing and the rhythm of the language speaks to him as a performer.