Reservoir Dogs: We know this by heart, but we never get tired of it [critique]

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Reservoir Dogs: We know this by heart, but we never get tired of it [critique]

Quentin Tarantino’s cult film returns to Arte at 10:55 p.m.

At the turn of the 90s, it was in a bloodbath that Quentin Tarantino burst into the world of cinema. The man who was then a young fanatic of B series, Blacksploitation and New Wave films, an employee of a movie club in Hermosa Beach, California, had only one dream: to splash out on the gangster film genre at the way in which Sergio Leone, a few decades earlier, had successfully tackled the dogmas of the Western. By a game of chance and relations as there are so many in America, the script of Reservoir Dogs, written in less than 3 weeks, lands in the hands of Harvey Keitel (the cousin of Tarantino’s colleague knew the sister of a friend who knew Keitel’s nephew’s neighbor to a certain extent…). The actor of MeanStreets is so thrilled by the verve and audacity of the young filmmaker that he even proposes to co-produce the project. With a budget of 1,500,000 dollars, Tarantino manages to achieve, not without a few fights between actors, an choral feature film that has instantly become one of the ultimate references of the gangster film.

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Both ultra-violent and ultra-caustic, sweeping aside the cinematographic mythology of the stories of Italian-American mobsters to focus on antiheroes, Reservoir Dogs is built like the story of a crash. The “dogs” form a team of young criminals with edifying code names (Mr White, Mr Pink, Mr Orange, Mr Blonde). Half pro, half amateur, they find themselves in charge of a heist which, as expected, goes wrong and will end in a (terrible) bloodbath. Epic and crazy, Première cannot recommend this monument of pop culture enough, of which we have shared two reviews (the second appears in our ranking of Quentin Tarantino movies from worst to best.

“Unimaginable the blood that a human body contains. From the beginning to the end of Reservoir dogs, we wade in the thick and sticky liquid, red is moreover the dominant color of the film. Gangsters prepare a heist that turns into a massacre: a mole has denounced the gang to the police. The survivors look for the traitor, like dogs ready to bite… With actors as fired up as their characters, this loud and speedy film is both an original tribute to gangster films but also a bloody parody to be enjoyed. The film revealed Tarantino and his favorite cocktail: violence + humor.”

“No matter how much we know it by heart, we never get tired of it. At breakfast, thugs talk about the hidden meaning of “Like A Virgin” of Madonna, then argue about the tip (for or against?), complain about the coffee, the waitresses, the 70’s music, the faces of the guys… The whole film could take place on this moment, on these seats, that it would not have bothered us. Twenty years later, the film smells a little oil (a little too easy to say that all QT is already there, it’s not true), its director doing everything to be noticed as the rowdy and talented teenager who ‘it was. It worked. He got noticed. The next year was pulp Fiction and the red carpets of fame. We know that by heart. We never tire. Stuck in the middle with you.”

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