Director and Editor: Quentin Tarantino and Sally Menke
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NFLM 3041
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
  • Directing
Explores the collaboration between film director Quentin Tarantino and editor, the late Sally Menke (1953-2010). Tarantino’s films are as well known (and often critiqued) for their explicit violence and language and charged themes as they are for their distinctive brand of storytelling and signature stylized references to film genres and cinematic iconography. Tarantino was quoted as saying, "The best collaborations are the director-editor teams . . . " and that Menke was his "only, truly genuine collaborator." Tarantino dedicated Django Unchained (2012) to Sally Menke, the first film he made after her untimely death. Students are expected to watch (and write about) one film each week outside of class: Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill (2002-04), and Inglorious Basterds (2009). Class readings will include contemporary reviews of his films and essays by film historians and scholars. This is one of three five-week courses on cinema auteurs and director/editor collaborations that were particularly influential in developing the art of editing and complement each other when taken sequentially.
Course Open to: Degree Students