Quentin Tarantino honored at MoMA in New York

By Daniel S Levine,

Quentin Tarantino was honored at the Museum of Modern Art on Monday in New York during the museum’s film benefit, with several celebrities coming out to celebrate the director’s works.

According to E! News, Katie Holmes and several actors who have appeared in Tarantino’s films attended. Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel, who both starred in Tarantino’s first film, Reservoir Dogs, were there, as was Inglorious Basterds’ Diane Kruger and Django Unchained’s Jamie Foxx.

During the cocktail party event, Tarantino spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, which asked Tarantino which of his films he would show first to a 17-year-old who had never seen any of his work.

“You know, I don’t know if I have an answer for that, because it would really kind of depend on the person,” he said. “Some people I would say Kill Bill, some people I would say Pulp Fiction, some I would say Reservoir Dogs or Inglourious Basterds. I don’t really have a sense of it. But I wouldn’t pick 17 as the starting point; 12, that’s the starting point.”

Tarantino adds that Kill Bill is what he considers his most personal film. It’s a two-part revenge movie that is peppered with references to his influences.

“A Quentin Tarantino picture is exactly that: it's all him. It's all his. Dynamically, viscerally, excitingly his,” director Peter Bogdanovich said during the party. “An unmistakable signature. And he has had a remarkable influence over American and foreign movies since Pulp Fiction burst on the screen in the mid-90s. Indeed, I would say he is the single most influential director of his generation.”

Tarantino’s Django Unchained hits theaters on Christmas Day.

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