Since his feature film debut Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino has been branded as a connoisseur of violence and exploitation in his films. The focus on these aspects of his features often sounds as if his work is base or lacking in depth and nuance, but those assumptions could not be further from the truth. Hidden within the wild characters and action is a writer and director who knows what he’s doing, especially when he pulls the camera in tight. His close-ups show just how thoughtful and precise he can be. These close-ups aren’t simply Easter eggs, cutaways or MacGuffin’s—they’re serious pieces of plot, story, and character.


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