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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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“Come On, Let’s Get into Character”

“Come On, Let’s Get into Character”

Acting and Theatricality

(p.244) Chapter Seven “Come On, Let’s Get into Character”
Quentin Tarantino

David Roche

University Press of Mississippi

It explores some of the key anti-illusionist strategies deployed in the films: those that endow the films with theatricality through staging and performance. More than just an arsenal of reflexive decides, cinematic theatricality serves to frame the discourse on the aesthetics, ethics and politics of role-playing. The theatrum mundi metaphor underlying the films takes them well beyond the restrictions of Hollywood cinema; it both contributes to an underlying fantasy and game structure typical of metafiction in general, and asserts the relevance of fiction to reflect on the world, or rather on representations of the world.

Keywords:   Theatricality, Acting, Stars, Performance, Theatrum mundi

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