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This 1986 Spanish film was the one that most determined Quentin Tarantino’s style



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Quentin Tarantino’s entire filmography is marked by a very characteristic style. And the inspiration comes from a 1986 Spanish film.

Quentin Tarantino, one of the best filmmakers in the history of cinema, he is not just any filmmaker. With a very characteristic style, his entire filmography is involved in a mixture of violence and blood but which ends up being harmoniously well integrated into all of his films.

pulp Fiction” (1994), “Lawless bastards” (2009), “Reservoir Dogs” (1992), “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019), “Kill Bill Vol.1” (2003), “Django Unchained” (2012), among many others, made Quentin Tarantino a director much appreciated by the public and even by the various actors who want to work with the filmmaker.

To reach this point, the 60-year-old director consumed all types of films, from the most amateur to the best-known blockbuster. But there is one in particular that inspired the style of his films.

After revealing the favorite westernThe perfect romantic comedyO ideal counterculture film, your least favorite movie, least favorite remake and the romantic comedy that made you cryQuentin Tarantino spoke about the film that most inspired him, one of the best Spanish films in history.


Quentin Tarantino
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In your book Cinematic SpeculationQuentin Tarantino revealed how Pedro Almodóvar’s “Matador” (1986) inspired him – “I remember when I worked at a film store in Manhattan Beach, Video Archives, and I talked to my colleagues about the types of films that wanted to do and the things I wanted to do within these films. I used the example of the opening of Matador, by Almodóvar. Their response was, “Quentin, they won’t let you do that.” I replied: “Who are ‘they’ to stop me? They can fuck off“.

Despite Pedro Almodóvar himself considering “Killer” one of his worst films, Quentin Tarantino explained why he felt so inspired – “seeing my heroes, the pioneers of American cinema of the seventies, submitting to a new way of making films just to stay employed, the fearless Pedro Almodóvar ridiculed his work. My cinema dreams always included a comic reaction to the unpleasant, similar to the connection that Almodóvar’s films made between the unpleasant and the sensual.”

Pedro Almodóvar
The book is almost an autobiographical portrait of the director. ©Wook

Pedro Almodóvar revealed that the initial sex scene in “Matador”, between Assumpta Serna and Jesus Ruyman was not simulated.

Kim Newman of Empire Magazinecalled the film “an intriguing and entertaining meditation on sex and violence that delves into the fundamentals almodovarians around this archaic Spanish ritual, the bullfight”.


Have you seen this classic by the Spanish director?

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