Quentin Tarantino announces new book on film history Cinema Speculation


Cinema Speculation due out October 25, 2022 via HarperCollins.

Quentin Tarantino has announced a new film history book that will see the Oscar-winning director explore and analyze iconic films from the 1970s.

Cinema Speculation will land in late October 2022. According to a listing on the publisher’s site, the book is “organized around landmark American films from the 1970s, all of which Quentin Tarantino first saw as a young movie buff at the time.

“This book is as intellectually rigorous and insightful as it is exuberant and entertaining,” the listing adds. “At once film criticism, film theory, reporting achievement and wonderful personal story, it is all written in the singular voice immediately recognizable as (Tarantino’s) and with the rare perspective on cinema that only one of the most great practitioners of the art form of all time.

He goes on to say, “In addition to being one of the most celebrated contemporary filmmakers, Quentin Tarantino is perhaps the world’s most happily infectious film buff. For years, he has touted in interviews his eventual turn to writing books about movies. Now, with Cinema Speculation, the time has come and the results are everything its passionate fans – and all movie buffs – could have hoped for.

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The 59-year-old Tennessee native has previously discussed the possibility of becoming an author after completing his tenth and final film. Earlier in 2022 however, it was confirmed by Tarantino that he had written a spin-off book based on the novelization of his 2019 film, Once upon a time in Hollywood.

Title The Man Who Would Be McQueen: The Films of Rick Dalton the spin-off is expected to focus on Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Rick Dalton. The book is inspired by guides to real movies for actors from the 1970s, including a short biography of Dalton’s life and a guide to his career until the character’s retirement in 1988.

Speaking on the Empire podcast, Tarantino said: “I probably need to pep it up a bit, but the body of this one completely exists.”

He added, “I think the audience is limited, but anyone who loves Rick and cares about Rick, and cares about Rick’s journey and is now invested in my alternate Hollywood history… well, that takes alternative Hollywood history to the bitter end.

Growing up in Los Angeles, Tarantino began his career as an independent filmmaker with the release of reservoir dogs in 1992, a detective thriller partly financed by the sale of his screenplay true romance (1993).

His second film in 1994, pulp Fictiona detective comedy, was a great success with critics and audiences and won numerous awards, including the Palme d’Or and the Oscar for best original screenplay.

In 2003, Tarantino delivered Kill Bill: Volume 1, featuring the cinematic traditions of Japanese kung fu films and martial arts. Death Proof (2007), his long postponed Inglourious Basterds (2009), Django Unchained (2012), The Hateful Eight (2015), Once upon a time in Hollywood (2019) cemented his legendary status.

Tarantino’s works have been the subject of controversy, including his depictions of violence and frequent inclusion of racial slurs, and his alleged negligence in his handling of stunt scenes in Kill Bill: Volume 2.

He publishes his first novel, a novelization of Once upon a time in Hollywoodin 2021.


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