By now, most Quentin Tarantino fans are aware of the connections interlaced throughout all of his films. John Travolta’s Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction is the brother of Michael Madsen’s Vic Vega in Reservoir Dogs, Harvey Keitel’s Mr. White worked with Alabama from True Romance, the plot basis for Kill Bill is described as the synopsis for a TV series in Pulp Fiction, etc.
Now the epiphany that Eli Roth’s character of Donny Donowitz aka “The Bear Jew” in Inglourious Basterds is the father of the movie producer Lee Donowitz in True Romance has inspired a truly mind-blowing theory that the rest of the films (chronologically speaking) in Tarantino’s filmography take place in a world where [Inglorious Basterds spoiler] World War II came to an end when Adolf Hitler was brutally murdered in a movie theater by the Basterds.
As it turns out, Donny Donowitz, ‘The Bear Jew’, is the father of movie producer Lee Donowitz from True Romance – which means that, in Tarantino’s universe, everybody grew up learning about how a bunch of commando Jews machine gunned Hitler to death in a burning movie theater, as opposed to quietly killing himself in a bunker. Because World War 2 ended in a movie theater, everybody lends greater significance to pop culture, hence why seemingly everybody has Abed-level knowledge of movies and TV. Likewise, because America won World War 2 in one concentrated act of hyperviolent slaughter, Americans as a whole are more desensitized to that sort of thing. Hence why Butch is unfazed by killing two people, Mr. White and Mr. Pink take a pragmatic approach to killing in their line of work, Esmerelda the cab driver is obsessed with death, etc. You can extrapolate this further when you realize that Tarantino’s movies are technically two universes – he’s gone on record as saying that Kill Bill and From Dusk ‘Til Dawn take place in a ‘movie movie universe’; that is, they’re movies that characters from the Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, and Death Proof universe would go to see in theaters. (Kill Bill, after all, is basically Fox Force Five, right on down to Mia Wallace playing the title role.) What immediately springs to mind about Kill Bill and From Dusk ‘Til Dawn? That they’re crazy violent, even by Tarantino standards. These are the movies produced in a world where America’s crowning victory was locking a bunch of people in a movie theater and blowing it to bits – and keep in mind, Lee Donowitz, son of one of the people on the suicide mission to kill Hitler, is a very successful movie producer. Basically, it turns every Tarantino movie into alternate reality sci fi. I love it so hard.
Someone please make a connection to Jackie Brown-unless it’s a movie’s movie..
wutt….how did i never notice this.
How did I never notice this???
Thank you OP!
“Leo had slammed his hand on the table countless times and he moved his hand further and he crushed a crystal cordial glass. Blood was dripping down his hand. He never broke character. He kept going. He was in such a zone. It was very intense. He required stitches.”
My Favorite Pulp Fiction moment, is when Hunny Bunny/Yolanda tells Vince to “Shutup”
Quentin Tarantino ➔ performing in films he’s written
Why does everyone leave out “The Man From Hollywood”?
it’s a short but still counts. <3
2nd favorite QT movie, second only to
Over black frame: “Long Days Of Vengeance” by Trovaioli “He who seeks revenge should remember to dig two graves.” - Chinese Proverb INT. CHERRY RED BENTLEY, BACKSEAT — NIGHT. It’s pissing rain in buckets outside. A chauffeur in a black overcoat ushers a wet young woman into the back seat of a Cherry Red, 1952 Bentley. She settles her soaking wet body into the white leather seat. The door closes. A woman in silhouette sits in front of her, she is as still as a gargoyle statue. Then a silver zippo lighter with the emblem of a California Mountain snake washes out the murk to reveal the aged face of Elle Driver, her eyes covered in white glasses, with dark frames. She smirks as she lights up her cigarette. ELLE DRIVER How long has it been my sweet, little Nikki, since you last saw her face…? Ten. Ten years - since the killing of your precious mother. FLASH ON INT. VERNITA’S HOME — NIGHT. Little Nikki sees Bea’s SOG knife being pulled out of Vernita’s chest. Hold on Nikki’s little eyes filled with tears and white blind, hate for the Blonde Amazon who walks past her… Hold on Nikki’s little clenched fist. NIKKI (O.S.) All the old knives That have rusted in my back, I will now drive into yours.
EXT. GRAVEYARD — NIGHT. The Bell family including little Nikki watch Vernita’s coffin fall into mother earth’s womb. CUT TO: EXT. SOUTH AMERICAN JUNGLE — DAY. Beatrix is hiking by herself. Cutting her path with a machete through thick shrubbery. She is blinded by a silvery flash. She falls and tumbles on the floor. She spits dirt. Beat. In blindness. A voice permeates the silence. ELLE DRIVER Hello, Kiddo… BEATRIX (in a whisper) Elle. FLASH ON — Elle’s eye is plucked out in Budd’s beat to shit trailer home. CUT TO: — Elle in stark white fatigues jumps off the ground - springs off against a tree as she swings down her Hanzo sword down at Beatrix — Beatrix rolls out in the nick of time. Elle stands frozen like a statue with a smirk. She stands HEARING the sound of the elements. ELLE DRIVER Just like old times, ain’t it? — Beatrix flings the machete with both her hands — Elle Driver hears the blade cutting air. She deflects it with her Hanzo sword and laughs. ELLE DRIVER You’re gonna have to do a lot better than that, Kiddo. Shaw Brothers zoom into the eyes of Kiddo — NEU’s Super 16 on the soundtrack: — Nikki looking through the scope of a high powered sniper rifle. Beatrix in the crosshair reticle. — B.B. being trained by Beatrix in Pai Mei’s temple. — Elle and Beatrix racing through the South American jungle, Hanzo swords in hand. — B.B. and Nikki face off in the beach underneath the moonlight. Hanzo swords unsheathed — KILL BILL VOL. 3 2 1 3 The Bride shall fight once more…