With regards to contemporary filmmakers, few directors have a resume that compares to Quentin Tarantino. From the release of “Reservoir Dogs” in 1992, he has steadily produced generally well received — and often acclaimed — films that have revolutionized the way we view cinema. His style is one of nostalgia, often harkening back to bygone eras, genres, and overall stylistic approaches.

 

Black and white photo of Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino has a strong resume of successful films, building hype behind “The Hateful Eight.” (thatericalper.com)

This longing for the past seems set to continue with the announcement that his upcoming western, “The Hateful Eight,” will have a limited release in 70 mm this Christmas. This will reportedly be the widest release of a film in such stock in over 20 years.

 

Shooting with 70 mm film allows for wider, more grandiose shots, but also represents a monumental undertaking for all involved. The Weinstein Company — which maintains a long-standing relationship with the auteur director — will play a major role in equipping 50 theaters with the necessary equipment to properly project the film stock.

 

Executive Erik Loomis Issued a statement:

“Our long relationship with Quentin Tarantino is one of the cornerstones of this company… So it’s incredibly special to us to be releasing his latest film in such a spectacular way on 70 mm — we can’t think of a finer Christmas gift to be giving movie lovers and Tarantino fans this year.”

 

This decision will no doubt excite cinephiles the world over; Tarantino films have always paid homage to genres of the past, and the use of such antiquated methods shows his commitment towards such genres. He is a director who has never shied away from controversy both on and off the screen. His last two films — “Inglorious Basterds” and “Django Unchained” — have respectively covered issues such as the Holocaust and slavery. In promotional interviews, he made it very clear that he wishes to sell the art he creates, rather than enter into ethical debates about his film making.

 

 

At this point, we know very little else about “The Hateful Eight” other than the fact that it concerns eight snow-bound strangers in a Wyoming blizzard during the 1800s. Actors involved in the project include Tarantino mainstays such as Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, and Tim Roth. Tarantino’s films are often looked to as eagerly anticipated events, so the wait for Christmas will be interesting.

 

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