Since he made his debut in 1992, Quentin Tarantino has established himself as the quintessential movie director come movie geek. Over the years, the talented auteur has displayed a vast knowledge of cinema bordering the encyclopedic – and something he never turns down is an opportunity to demonstrate that fact. Vast as his knowledge is, it’s made more interesting because it isn’t prejudiced to established classics or movies in the popular view: the man is just as interested in Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! as Citizen Kane (and he’s alluded to both in his movies). Yes, Tarantino’s knowledge reaches far and wide, into films you’ve never heard of: obscure foreign gems, the exploitative, trashy, unappreciated, bizarre, campy, utterly eccentric and critically-derided.
Tarantino adores cinema, television and music and understands to what degree those aspects hugely shape our lives. It’s no surprise, then, that the Tennessee-born director and former video store clerk crams as many homages and references into his work as possible. That isn’t unheard of amongst filmmakers, of course, but with Tarantino, it’s a different kind of story. Unlike Martin Scorsese, who, too, furnishes his work with subtle homages and nods to his favourite movies, Tarantino’s movies are in themselves complex pastiches of the films he loves: so much so, that his flicks are reworkings of scenes and genres, constructed using elements of other movies. This isn’t rip-off, it’s re-imagining, and nobody does it quite like Tarantino. Like a hip-hop artist, he borrows and samples to create something fresh and exciting.
That said, welcome to our Definitive Guide to Homages, Influences and References In Quentin Tarantino Movies. Here we assembled as many nods to other movies scattered Tarantino’s brilliant filmography as we can find. Some you’ll be familiar with, others are a tad more obsure. These homages have been collected from as many sources as possible: the result, we hope, is a hugely comprehensive list of the most interesting Tarantino homages in one place on the web. Where most of the homages here have been confirmed by the man himself, a small number are very convincing speculations. Take a look. How many did you already know?