Even without a film in competition, Quentin Tarantino is making headlines at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. He celebrated the 20th anniversary of the amazing Pulp Fiction winning the Palme d’Or with a special screening of the flick on Cannes Beach, hosted by himself and Uma Thurman with Producer Lawrence Bender and John Travolta in attendance. Pulp is the only film screening in 35mm this year because of the filmmaker’s negative feelings about digital projection.
As far as I’m concerned, digital projection is the death of cinema. The fact that most films aren’t presented in 35mm means that the world is lost. Digital projection is just television in cinema. I’m hopeful that we’re going through a woozy romantic period with the ease of digital. I’m hoping that while this generation is quite hopeless, that the next one will demand the real thing. I’m very hopeful that future generations will be much smarter than this generation and realize what they lost.
QT also talked about a possible Django Unchained mini-series.
I have about 90 minutes worth of material with Django. It hasn’t been seen. My idea, frankly, is to cut together a four-hour version of Django Unchained… But I wouldn’t show it like a four hour movie. I would cut it up into hour chapters. Like a four-part miniseries. And show it on cable television. Show it like an hour at a time, each chapter. We’d use all the material I have and it wouldn’t be an endurance test. It would be a mini-series. And people love those.
Here’s what he had to say about what winning the Palme d’Or means to him today.
The Cannes Film Festival comes to a close tomorrow and Tarantino will be presenting Sergio Leone’s 1964 spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars, as the final hurrah. This and many of Leone’s films have greatly influenced QT’s work – most recently The Hateful Eight, his latest project in development.
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