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Quentin Tarantino is considered as one of the greatest directors of all time, being the mastermind behind movies like Kill Bill (2003), Pulp Fiction (1994) and Django Unchained (2012). His films are easily distinguishable by his unique style and generous use of violence and gore. But his true genius lies in the fascinating characters and engaging conversations first introduced to us in Reservoir Dogs in 1992. Many directors and filmmaker wannabes both envy and admire his style, which seems to be something Tarantino was born with.

Tarantino films are often subject to controversy
Tarantino films are often subject to controversy

At least that is the impression if one watches the short film written and directed by the 24 year old Quentin Tarantino. My Best Friend's Birthday is the very first attempt of the young director at cinema, with a small crew of friends and only a budget of $5000. The result is an enjoyable home-made video but expect low-quality and amateur editing. Frankly, for a very low budget first attempt, this isn't too bad and it does at least show some future potential of what was yet to come.

A shot from the movie featuring the young Tarantino
A shot from the movie featuring the young Tarantino

The original cut was about 70 minutes long, but due to a fire accident in the building where they stored the film reels, most of the footage succumbed to the flames and only 36 minutes of the film survived. The 36 minute cut has been shown at several film festivals although it has never been officially released. Several actors in this film later appeared in Tarantino's other films Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Kill Bill.

You can check out the movie for yourself below:

What do you guys think? Did you enjoy it? I wish I could see the film in its whole 70 minute glory because I'm dying to know what happens in the end. I have made short films with friends but the truth is they weren't this good (haha)!

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