Quentin Tarantino Rips Into Stanley Kurbrick’s Most Celebrated Film: “You’re a f***ing liar”

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino is known to be a vocal supporter of a cinematic underdog. He is quick to defend the merit of exploitation efforts overlooked by many cinefiles, finding value where others saw nothing but trash. Interestingly enough, Tarantino also has a history of insulting what is frequently regarded as the unassailable work of other celebrated creators. Case in point: In a conversation with The New Yorker, Tarantino effectively labeled Stanley Kubrick a pervert and suggested the director enjoyed the film’s sexualized violence a little too much.

“I always thought Kubrick was a hypocrite, because his party line was, I’m not making a movie about violence, I’m making a movie against violence,” Tarantino began. “And it’s just, like, Get the f**k off. I know and you know your d**k was hard the entire time you were shooting those first twenty minutes, you couldn’t keep it in your pants the entire time you were editing it and scoring it. You liked the rest of the movie, but you put up with the rest of the movie. You did it for those first twenty minutes. And if you don’t say you did you’re a f**ing liar.”

Wow. That’s a hot take to end all hot takes. I have occasionally wondered if Tarantino might be threatened by other cinematic luminaries. In addition to his dismissive commentary on Kubrick’s work, Tarantino has also belittled Hitchcock’s output on a number of occasions. No matter what the cause, it’s interesting to hear what the Pulp Fiction director thinks of the cinematic trailblazers of years past.

If you’re unfamiliar with Kubrick’s opus on ultra-violence, the setup goes like this: In an England of the future, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his “Droogs” spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on “a little of the old ultra-violence,” while jauntily warbling “Singin’ in the Rain.” After he’s jailed for bludgeoning a Cat Lady to death, Alex submits to behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he’s conditioned to abhor violence. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims.

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