Cinema Is Dead, For This Generation At Least, Claims Quentin Tarantino

It seems like when you reach the top of your selected field, it’s only right for you to declare that field dead. Nas did it with hip hop and now Quentin Tarantino has said it about film. "As far as I'm concerned, digital projection and DCPs is the death of cinema as I know it," said the outspoken director ahead of a special screening of his iconic cult classic, ‘Pulp Fiction’.

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino grooves away on the Cannes 2014 red carpet

“The fact that most films now are not presented in 35 mm means that the war is lost. Digital projections, that's just television in public. And apparently the whole world is OK with television in public, but what I knew as cinema is dead,” asserted Tarantino, who has featured heavily in the news lately surrounding the Hateful Eight leak debacle and subsequent lawsuits. 

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Tarantino went to describe the current generation as “quite hopeless” but remains hopeful the next one “would demand the real thing” when it comes to cinematic practice. “I'm hopeful that we're going through a woozy romantic period with the ease of digital. I'm very hopeful that future generations will be much smarter than this generation and realise what they lost,” he added, according to The Independent. 

"Back in my day, you at least needed 16mm to make something, and that was a Mount Everest most of us couldn't climb. But why an established filmmaker would shoot on digital, I have no ******* idea at all."

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Tarantino was on form at Cannes ahead of Pulp Fiction’s screening recreating Jack Rabbit Slim's famous scene, greeting John Travolta and Uma Thurman with high fives and instructing the audience to “rip out a joint and light it up” before seeing the movie, which, he stated he seen “under every circumstance a person can see it except this one.”


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