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Quentin Tarantino Reveals Director He Hates

Submitted by on December 27, 2012 – 11:03 amNo Comment
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We all can pretty much agree that Quentin Tarantino is the director that Spike Lee possibly dislikes the most. But what director does Tarantino hate?

In an exclusive interview with The Root‘s Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, the Django Unchained director discusses whom he hates and why. It’s not Spike Lee. Instead, it is western director John Ford. Interestingly enough, Ford’s films pioneered the genre that Tarantino utilizes in Django, but that doesn’t mean that he respects him.

Says Tarantino:

“[As] you may well know, director John Ford was one of the Klansmen in The Birth of a Nation, so I even speculate in the piece: Well, John Ford put on a Klan uniform for D.W. Griffith. What was that about? What did that take? He can’t say he didn’t know the material. Everybody knew The Clansman at that time as a piece of material… And touring companies were doing plays of it all the time. And yet he put on the Klan uniform. He got on the horse. He rode hard to black subjugation.”

He continues:

“One of my American Western heroes is not John Ford, obviously. To say the least, I hate him. Forget about faceless Indians he killed like zombies. It really is people like that that kept alive this idea of Anglo-Saxon humanity compared to everybody else’s humanity — and the idea that that’s hogwash is a very new idea in relative terms. And you can see it in the cinema in the ’30s and ’40s — it’s still there. And even in the ’50s.”

Wow, strong words from one influential director about another. What do you think about Tarantino’s assessment of John Ford?

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