CINEMA UNCHAINED: The Films of Quentin Tarantino

Simona Brancati and Louise Hipwell
New Academia Publishing, 2014
198 Pages, 10 photos
ISBN 978-0-9899169-8-1 Paperback

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About the Author

Simona Brancati is a cinema scholar, screenwriter and filmmaker. Her video works have been broadcast on Stream TV and received numerous awards, such as Premio Book Trailer MEI of Faenza and Menzione Speciale at Genova Film Festival. Her script for Indagine sessuale del pianeta Godard ranked in the top three at Festival Dream Vision of Rome.

About the book

This book explores the intriguing cinematic world of Quentin Tarantino, the historical moment when it came to being and the cross feeding it has generated from the 1990s to the present day. Brancati analyzes the author, the characters, the films, the fetishes, the obsessions, the linguistic codes, and the references to literature, theater, cinema and music. The books includes anecdotes and unpublished interviews. It is the most complete and up to date monograph on the director.


“Simona Brancati “reads,” without resorting to jargon, such films as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. She offers kudos to Tarantino for his transformative work, while balancing her praise with objective analysis.”

―Peter C. Rollins, Emeritus Editor-in-Chief, Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

“Drawing on her vast knowledge of contemporary cinema, Brancati provides a penetrating and original analysis of Tarantino’s complete oeuvre and beautifully contextualizes its reception.”

—Denise J. Youngblood, Professor of History, University of Vermont.

“Brancati shows how aspects of Tarantino’s films—which have been all too frequently dismissed as superfluous silliness—are, in fact, intentional aesthetic and ideological commentaries.”

—Ben Lawton, Associate Professor of Italian and Film Video Studies, Purdue University.

“Brancati shows a breathtaking erudition about global cinema and about Tarantino’s place in it. Her clear and revealing analyses of the films are alone worth the price of admission.”

—Louis Menashe, Professor Emeritus of History, Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

“This fresh study is a valued and skillfully nuanced look at the important role Quentin Tarantino plays in our culture and in our times.”

—Frank Manchel, Professor Emeritus of English and Film Studies, University of Vermont.