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Sat, 4 Mar 1995 08:28:08 CST
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On March 1 00dphawthorn wrote:
"I saw an interview on "American Cinema" (pbs) with Quentin Tarantino in
he defended his use of violence by comparing it to tap dancing.  His argument
 was that if the viewer didn't like the dance, they wouldn't watch."
I saw the same interview, and at first had a hard time making the connection
between Keitel and Astair.  It's almost as if Tarantino was saying that
people will come to his films specifically because they are _drawn_ to the
violence.  If so, he may be right.  In an increasingly volatile and
nihilistic world, Tarantino's violence does little to glamorize or justify
the current human condition, or even to portray violent acts as heroic or
even rightfully defensive.  I would wager a guess that for some, this rawness
is like an easy familiarity, a confirmation of a dance step learned but not
quite perfected.   It leaves me with a sickly sort of feeling, but I somehow
think that's the idea.