Quentin Tarantino's films are known for the exquisitely funny dialogue and blood-splattered violence. Whilst the writing, filming technique, and special effects all play a huge role in his success, an overlooked staple of all of his films is the pin-drop perfect audio composition.
Excellent soundtracks aside, what I really mean are the small things that often go unnoticed. The rippling sound of a tied-up Marvin Nash's clothes as he wriggles to avoid the barrel of Mr Blonde's gun in Reservoir Dogs; the excruciating squelching of scalps being removed in Inglorious Basterds.
The secret is that Taratino pinpoints noises which force us to focus our attention on a character's emotions and objectives, rather than merely what is happening in front of our eyes. The best example of this is in Inglorious Basterds when the Jews are being mercilessly slaughtered through the floor boards of the cottage in the first scene. The sound presented to the viewer contains no flesh wound sounds, nor any screaming from the Jews. instead it merely focuses on the bullets being fired and the jangling sound of them hitting the floor boards. Thus the cold, callous depravity of the Nazi's is exposed not by pictures, but by sound.
To show off this incredible audio talent, editor Jacob T. Swinney put together this excellent, career-spanning super-cut of Tarantino's films. Watch below!
Tarantino's hyper-sensitive hearing and audio skills are so under appreciated it's almost as perverse as a bored and coked-up Mia Wallace.
Watch this for another Tarantino audio masterclass...