(As a response to James’ post on Amal Neerad, reader Vinod had the following response – Ed)
“This man is a creative genius, the ONLY film that was adapted (from a novel) was Jackie Brown. Everything else was created by this guy from scratch.”
Well, when you make authoritative statements like this, I wish the author could do some background check or else, put the statement more mildly. Let me elaborate:
There is a hong kong movie called ‘City on Fire’. If you can get to watch it, please do… and then, you can watch ‘Reservoir Dogs’. Tell me whether they are similar or not. And if you really have an eye and ear for details and enough patience.. Check : this link out Agreed, RD has many other good scenes as well.. Now you may watch the movie “The Killing” by Stanley Kuberick. Any similarities? Even the color-coded men is an idea lifted from the original “Taking of Pelham 123”. Remember the infamous ear-cutting scene..? That was a lift-off from an Italian movie called “Django”
Further down, Pulp fiction which was hailed as having the most intelligent writing had most of its key dialogues lifted from several other works like the Japanese movie ‘Karate Kiba / Bodyguard’ : Again, watch this: The opening and closing scene of Pulp fiction is ‘inspired’ from those in Don Siegel’s “The Killers”
Again, I hope you have seen Kill Bill, or at least read about them.. Now read this link from the Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Snowblood This is about a manga or Japanese Comic series which was also made into a movie much before Kill Bill. Do you see any similarities..???? Now remember the long monologue at the end of Kill-bill 2. That is almost a word-by-word rip-off from a 1965 book “the great comic book heroes”
The plot of ‘True Romance’ is almost same as that of Terrence Malick’s ‘Badlands’ Don’t you think the above covers a large area of Tarantino’s body of work…?
So, please restrain from obsessive criticism without verifying the supporting facts. Criticism based on perception and opinion can be put forward simply as those.. You dont have to give facts and make comparisons without verification. I wonder why people esp Malayalees are too fascinated about criticizing and finding out the flaws of their fellowmen.
I really appreciate the quality of content in VC and up to a large extent, their intent too.. but I believe that VC also falls under the same category; biased towards criticising and finger-pointing. (Well going by the fact that I’m a malayalee too, this comment cements my theory)
Finally, I do not personally consider that copying is a bad thing to do. Most of Tarantino’s creations are better than the original ones. More importantly, even when not, he has opened up the original to a wider audience. Let me put it in this way: How many of us Malayalees would have seen “one flew over the cuckoos nest” and how many “thalavattam”. A good story deserves to be retold for various obvious reasons. Artists recreate original creations..That is also a perspective at least some of us could adopt.
Now, when it comes to recognizing such inspired material, like in the case of awards, a distinction needs to be followed. Have we ever wondered why there is an ‘best original screenplay’ and ‘best adapted screenplay’ award for the Oscars..?
There is further scope in copying and adaptation too.. for, e.g., as an aspiring screenplay writer, one of my wishes is to remake (rewrite) a cult movie, even from Malayalam, but take it to a different path from some key point, say interval… or may be present it in a different way.. (Remember the sequence of events in Reservoir Dogs which made it different from a normal heist genre movie).