Quentin Tarantino held a masterclass during the Lumière Festival in Lyon, France where he revealed tidbits about his new project that he’s been researching for four years. The subject is the 1970s and how that decade marked a turning point for American and international cinema. Calling it a “work in progress,” the director told the crowd he’s still figuring out what it will be.
“Am I going to write a book? Maybe. Is it going to be a six-part podcast? Maybe. A feature documentary? Maybe. I’m figuring it out,” he said, via Deadline.
Tarantino was joined by Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremau, who also runs this event. This year “The Hateful Eight” helmer curated a handful of films from the ‘70s that will be presented throughout the week. Some of the movies that will be screened include Arthur Hiller’s “Love Story,” Dario Argento’s “The Bird With The Crystal Plumage,” Claude Chabrol’s “The Butcher,” Billy Wilder’s “The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes,” and Robert Atman’s “MASH,” which is a personal favorite for Tarantino.
The director was later asked why he chose the ‘70s and noted that, “by the end of 1967, new Hollywood had won, only they didn’t know it yet. And Old Hollywood was over by 67 even though they didn’t know it yet.” He also cited Mark Harris’ book, “Pictures Of A Revolution: Five Movies And The Birth Of The New Hollywood,” as the “best cinema book written this decade” because it chronicled the “real emergence of the New Hollywood,” he said.
He went on to explain how by 1970 New Hollywood was the Hollywood and that “anything that even smacked of Old Hollywood was dead on arrival.” As part of his research he also read reviews from those times and saw that there were a lot of promises made of possibilities of a new cinema. “If you ask me, the promise was fulfilled,” he said.
After recalling his experiences watching movies as a child, he also spoke about international films that changed cinema. He wrapped his discussion by saying, “If the subject intrigues you and makes you do a dive like I have, I think you find a lot of films that are interesting. Don’t get too hung up in classification of good and bad, because truly interesting is where it’s at… The idea is to go into these films and take it where they’re going and where the directors are taking you.”