It’s hard to imagine today, but when “Reservoir Dogs – Wilde Hunde” celebrated its world premiere in early 1992 at the renowned indie film festival Sundance, the man behind the gangster thriller was only known to a few: film nerd Quentin Tarantino had at that time after all just the short filmLove Birds In Bondage” and the unfinished “My Best Friend’s Birthday” are in his vita, both of which almost nobody had seen. But with his cinema debut, Tarantino was suddenly on everyone’s lips – and rightly so!
“Reservoir Dogs” is a masterpiece of independent cinema that is as tough as it is brilliant and that not only Tarantino fans should have seen (at least) once – ideally, of course, in the cinema, which fortunately will be possible again in a few days.
As part of StudioCanal’s “Best of Cinema” series, which currently brings classic films and/or groundbreaking cult films back to the screen each month, Tarantino’s cinema debut will also find its way into the cinemas again on October 4, 2022 – Just in time for its 30th anniversary and in a freshly restored 4K version! The best opportunity to go back to the beginnings of the master’s career on the big screen before he may soon give up his directing career with his tenth feature film.
Tarantino’s filmography is truly full of highlights – from the “Reservoir Dogs” successor “Pulp Fiction” to “Kill Bill” and “Inglourious Basterds” to “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”. For us, “Reservoir Dogs” is still at the forefront when it comes to the best Tarantino film ever. Even the early work combines all the ingredients for which the filmmaker is so well known and loved in a congenial way.
Countless film homages, a non-linear narrative style, black humor, ruthless violence, a meticulously compiled cult soundtrack and super-cool gangsters who talk shop in razor-sharp written dialogues about everyday banalities and pop culture (the wonderful dinner prelude of regt is definitely still there to ponder tipping and the true meaning of Madonna’s pop hit “Like A Virgin”): all that and more is already on “Reservoir Dogs,” and here it’s even a tad rawer and fresher than Tarantino’s later ones works.
Tarantino made a minimalist virtue out of the necessity of his very manageable budget of 1.5 million dollars: Although the lynchpin of “Reservoir Dogs” is a failed diamond heist, we never get to see the heist itself. Instead, the focus is entirely on the criminal gang and how they deal with the tricky situation. The gangsters know next to nothing about each other (apart from their color-coded codenames). So suspicion is the order of the day as they take refuge in a warehouse, after all the indications are that one of them has betrayed them.
In the chamber play that unfolds, in which it is gradually revealed what is actually being played here, the atmosphere from the opaque beginning to the extremely consistent end is always ready to be cut. All of this makes “Reservoir Dogs” too probably the most exciting Tarantino filmespecially since it is also the shortest in his oeuvre with its crisp 100 minutes.
The fact that each of the shady characters can shine with their own distinctive personality even in this running time is due to the pointed words that Tarantino put into their mouths and not least to the illustrious cast around Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi and Michael Madsen, the definitive one from “Reservoir Dogs”. Indie thriller for eternity power.
Incidentally, as the official media partner of “Best of Cinema”, we will also present you with the upcoming cult films and evergreens, which will soon be shown again in around 300 German cinemas for one day. In 2022, John Carpenter’s sci-fi actioner “The Rattlesnake” (on November 1) and the war film classic “African Queen” (on December 6) with the Oscar-winning Humphrey Bogart in the leading role are still on the schedule. So it remains top-class.
More information can be found on the official Best of Cinema website.