Yesterday, Quentin Tarantino was at the Lumière Festvial in Lyon, France, to present 14 films he had selected to be screened over the week-long festival. During his time he also gave a master class and dropped some hints about a forthcoming project he’s been obsessively researching for four years. Anything Tarantino puts out is worthy of discussion, but this latest project isn’t going to be a movie.
According to Deadline, Tarantino said that he’s been researching the New Hollywood era of cinema but he’s not sure what he’s going to do with the information he’s collecting: “Am I going to write a book? Maybe. Is it going to be a six-part podcast? Maybe. A feature documentary? Maybe. I’m figuring it out.”
New Hollywood, usually pegged as starting in the late ‘60s and going until the ‘80s, was an era in film history where the dominant studio system of the ‘40s and ‘50s finally broke and “auteur directors” rose to popularity, shucking the restrictions on violence, sex and what was considered suitable cinematic material. Their films were often about rebellion, counterculture and the restrictive power of government, and they broke from the filmmaking styles that Hollywood had been using for decades. The film usually cited as the first of the New Hollywood era is 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde, with movies like Easy Rider, MASH, The Wild Bunch, Dog Day Afternoon, The Godfather, Jaws, Star Wars and Taxi Driver following in its creative wake. Pretty much all of the genre tropes, cliches, images and ideas that Tarantino uses, references and dissects in his movies ocome from this era, so it’s not surprising to hear that he’s going to make something out of everything he knows.
Tarantino’s work will focus on the year 1970 in particular, because he says that by that time, “New Hollywood was the Hollywood and anything that even smacked of Old Hollywood was dead on arrival.”
Say what you want about his own creative output, but there’s no denying that Tarantino is a veritable encyclopedia of film knowledge. Having him put down all the information he’s collected along with his own analysis should be amazing, no matter what format it comes in. Let’s just hope whatever this is it doesn’t end up going the way of Kill Bill Vol. 3.
You can read more about Tarantino’s talk at the Lumière Festival website here.