People have wildly different views of Quentin Tarantino. Some see him as excessively violent, some see him as an idea thief and some have even accused him of being racist. Whatever you think of him, it’s fair to say that the image he portrays of himself is that of a fast talking, no-nonsense individual, who’s ready to take on and berate any brave or misguided journalist that attempts to suggest his films are anything but genius.
So when I came across this touching story, it was interesting to see that beneath that alpha male exterior, somewhere there lurks a caring, sensitive and vulnerable side.
In 1996, Sarah, a 13-year-old Pulp Fiction and From Dusk till Dawn fan, wrote to Quentin Tarantino. She wrote of her love of horror films and how Tarantino’s films had inspired her to become a filmmaker herself.
Apart from Quentin’s sweet and personally written message to his fan, what I think is quite cool is that he took the time to hand write the letter himself. Allowing his Dyslexic traits – bad handwriting, spelling mistakes, problems with homophones and inappropriate capitals – to be visible for the world to see.
It’s really great to know that, in my opinion, one of the greatest filmmakers of our time can achieve such great things, even though he seems to have the same difficulties as me when getting ideas – ideas flow in our heads easily but getting them out to the physical world is challenging.
Below is a transcript and some pics of the actual handwritten letter.
Thank you for your very lovley letter. It’s the best letter I’ve gotten all year long. I’m glad you loved “Dusk”, it was one of my favrote times making a movie. And I feel my best performance so far. It’s cool to hear a girl into horror flicks.
Rock on Sarah!!
Do you know about Itallion horror film maker Mario Bava? He did Blood and Black Lace, Black Sunday and Black Sabbith. He’s one of my favrotes. I read your letter to Mira, she loved it too. Write me anytime. I can’t wait for you to get your hands on a camera too.
With all my love (Signed)
P.S. Sarah, since you liked Dusk so much, coming out soon is a movie we did about the making of “Dusk” called “Full Tilt Boogie”. It shows how much fun we had. I hope you like it.
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