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Quentin TarantinoPoetics and Politics of Cinematic Metafiction$
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David Roche

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496819161

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496819161.001.0001

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“What Shall the History Books Read?”

“What Shall the History Books Read?”

History and Film History

(p.15) Chapter One “What Shall the History Books Read?”
Quentin Tarantino

David Roche

University Press of Mississippi

It starts by considering Tarantino’s turn to historical material from Inglourious Basterds on. Like many historical films, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight have been criticized for misrepresenting historical facts and experiences or, worse, disrespecting them, but I argue that this turn, in effect, makes explicit the mode by which metafiction investigates the relationship between fiction and reality. Engaging with film history through allegory does not preclude an engagement with history; on the contrary, it constitutes the means by which the films inscribe themselves within cultural history.

Keywords:   History, film history, allegory, intertextuality, representation

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