Two titans of film sat together for a melding of minds, as Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese had a conversation for the latest issue of DGA Quarterly. Their chat includes sharing the movies they obsess over, who their directorial heroes are, and the catharsis of violence. But perhaps most interesting is the revelation that Tarantino is working on a novel about a WWII veteran who returns home and finds himself too jaded to enjoy movies.
“Right now, I’m working on a book. And I’ve got this character who had been in World War II and he saw a lot of bloodshed there. And now he’s back home, and it’s like the ’50s, and he doesn’t respond to movies anymore. He finds them juvenile after everything that he’s been through. As far as he’s concerned, Hollywood movies are movies. And so then, all of a sudden, he starts hearing about these foreign movies by Kurosawa and Fellini… And so he’s like, ‘Well, maybe they might have something more than this phony Hollywood stuff.’ So he finds himself drawn to these things and some of them he likes and some of them he doesn’t like and some of them he doesn’t understand, but he knows he’s seeing something.”
To research the book, Tarantino is going into a deep dive of films to figure out how his character would respond. Sparked by this, him and Scorcese begin nerding out over film, which is worth reading in full.
Tarantino didn’t reveal anything about when his book will come out, but stay tuned for more details.