Title

It's Not Easy Being Pink: Tarantino's Ultimate Professional

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2004

Department

History

Language

English

Publication Title

Literature/Film Quarterly

Abstract

This article examines the style of motion picture director Quentin Tarantino in film directing. When discussing the films of Tarantino, it allegedly seems that style is what attracts the attention of critics, scholars, and actors. Tarantino's gift for writing remarkable dialogue, his use of violence, his nonlinear chronology, and his ability to create rich and interesting characters are allegedly striking and powerful that they dominate the discussion. On the other hand, the term professional is commonly used as an expression of praise. To refer to people as professionals is to do more than identify their employment or even indicate that they have mastered a certain type of work. The term also involves living according to a particular set of values. The true professional is one who can allegedly minimize emotional involvement with colleagues, and can subordinate personal likes and dislikes, as well as the claims of family, friends and organizations, to the demands of employment. The values of professionalism allegedly seem to dominate the first part of the film, Reservoir Dogs. The early scenes involve the planning of a jewelry store heist and then bring together the men who will carry this out.

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