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Violence in Quentin Tarantino's movies
According to recent studies, 94% of the most popular movies since 1985 contain at least one violent scene, and half of those involve a gun (Wilson and Hudson, 2013) . Violence is of immense importance to the storyline and often serves as a pre-text for the action (Osborn, 1993) . T he cinematic work of Quentin Tarantino has often been criticized for its unrestrain ed representations of violence (Maglajlija, n.d) . "Kill Bill Volume 1 " (2003) and "Django Unchained" (2012) , both films written and directed by Tarantino, have been claimed as well as criticized by experts in the film industry for the use of violence as one of its main features. Despite that "Kill Bill Volume 1 " and "Django Unchained" belong to different movie genres , they share some similarities.
One similarity is that the principal characters of the stories have their own reasons to kill. In "Kill Bill Volume 1 ", The Bride , portrayed by Uma Thurman, wants to take revenge on Bill and on the team of assassins that betrayed her. Like the Bride, Django from "Django Unchained" , portrayed by Jamie Foxx, is freed by bounty hunter Dr. King Shultz in order to help h im with a bounty . Shultz trains him as his partner and makes him a promise: that he would rescue his wife from a plantation owned by the Calvin Candie .
Another similarity between the films "Kill Bill Volume 1 " and "Django Unchained" is that both characters are skilled with the use of weapons. While "The Bride" is skillful with samurai's swords, Django is skillful with any fire gun.
Finally, the a estheticization of violence is another important similarity in both films. Tarantino presents violence as something ultimately stylish, visually polished and potentially pleasing to the audience. He approaches violence in his films as a form of art (Maglajlija, n.d) . In "Kill Bill Volume1 " there is an outstanding scene in which The Bride is confronted with a band of Crazy 88 Fighters - 88 men and women who serve as the bodyguards of O- Ren Ishii, one of Bill's cohorts. Much like an artist who expresses herself through brush and paint, The Bride expresses herself through sword and blood ( Morales, 2003) . Similarly, in "Django Unchained" , the lead character uses the bodies of his white oppressors, whether dead or still alive, as human shields from oncoming fire; as their bodies take bullet after bullet, blood sloshes, splatters, and sprays everything in sight. The stylized carnage is, according to Tarantino, merely a symbolic expression of the deep hatred, rage and vengeance of slaves, and not the d epiction of real-world violence (Cosby, 2014) .
Although "Kill Bill Volume1 " and "Django Unchained" show different stories and belong to different genres, they share remarkable similarities.
As we exposed through this essay, Tarantino relies on the aestheticization of violence when filming a violent scene . "Kill Bill Volume 1 " and "Django Unchained" contain scenes which are highly violent, and they also have a lot of similarities concerning the visual execution. To Tarantino, violence in movies and real-life violence have nothing in common; even though scientific studies have presented results which imply that there is a connection between violence on screen and violence in real life.
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- Maglajlija, A. (n.d.). "Tracing Tarantino: Dark Humor, Excess and the Aestheticization of Violence" [PDF]. Karl- Franzens - Universitat Graz.
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