It’s starting to look like Tarantino is obsessed with Cannes. It makes sense considering his personal history with the festival, but sometimes love affairs can go too far, and when you base the creative production of a film solely around the scheduling of a French Riviera Festival, things could get a little ugly.
According to Anne Thompson, QT is filming Inglorious Basterds with the quickness in order to make the Cannes 2009 deadline. The Festival is in mid-May this year.
I know that I beat up on Tarantino a lot because I think he’s an overrated, pompous, quasi-plagiarist, but I would think the same thing if the news story was about any director. When anything other than quality or craftsmanship is your motivation for speeding things along, it’s easy to get into trouble. A rush job is almost always going to show signs that it was rushed – unless you possess the rare quality of making something brilliant by measuring once and cutting eighty or ninety times.
Still, it’s a new speed-setting for Tarantino since he usually meanders, stalls, and goes way over budget on projects. Could speeding things purposefully focus his skill and create a better film? I guess we won’t have to wait long for the answer.
What do you think? Is QT playing with fire by setting the clock forward so quickly? Wouldn’t it be hilarious if he sped things along and then didn’t get accepted to Cannes? Thought so.