Tarantino and Rodriguez: Who's the Man?

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And part of the thing is for younger people that really have never had this experience at all before, if we did our jobs right, they should have the most fun of all, because it is really new to them. It's really for the first time, and they're getting it for the very first time. So it's like -- to them, it's even more original than it probably is.

RODRIGUEZ:
I think people who just love movies, this is such a celebration of cinema. And it's something that we just thought was lacking over the past two decades, just the showmanship that used to be involved in putting on a show for people in a theater, where you'd have two movies, you'd have trailers in between. It would be a night out.

TARANTINO:
Cartoons…

RODRIGUEZ:
You'd have cartoons and shorts. And, you know, now, it's kind of you rent a seat when you go to the theater, and there's commercials in front of that movie. So it's not even the kind of experience it used to be. So, we wanted to bring back that sort of theatrical experience that we grew up with.

TARANTINO:
The ballyhoo that really was attached to theatrical exhibition. And, you know, the one thing we can say about it is you go see "Grindhouse," you get a night at the movies. You saw something that night. And that was part of it, as much as the movies have to work. I mean, the movie has to work so good that we can yank them out and just show them on their own, and that would be good enough.

But, having said that, it's this whole Grindhouse experience that you get when you go see this movie. We did our jobs right if it's almost like a ride, as opposed to just watching a movie.

'Writing from the Heart'

TAPPER:
What you do is original and whether it's "Sin City" or "Grindhouse," it is unique. You're still doing something very independent. You're not doing romantic comedies. You're not doing mom's-dying-of-cancer dramas. You're doing serious --

TARANTINO:
That's one of the worst genres of all time, mom's-dying-of-cancer dramas.

TAPPER:
Have you ever been criticized by friends or lovers or even just internally about maybe making movies that were less visceral and had more of an emotional feeling to them? That must be something you think about. You're guys with emotions and love lives and all that. Do you ever think along those lines, as opposed to having the work be so spectacular, like "Pulp Fiction" or "Sin City," but something maybe that audiences actually cry watching, instead of just laughing and clapping?

TARANTINO:
By the end of "Kill Bill," basically when she kills Bill, it actually makes for a great operatic drama and people cried, and I was pretty happy about that. As a film aficionado and as a film scholar, I don't believe, "Oh, this is a reputable genre because it's about real people, but this Western or this Samurai movie or this whatever is not the same, it's lesser in some degree as far as personality or human heart is concerned or what it's about or its depth or meaning." I don't buy that. I don't buy that at all.

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